Former Finance Minister of Greece Yanis Varoufakis has confirmed he will run for prime minister in the nation’s next general election.
“It sounds like a nightmare to become the prime minister of Greece…But then again, it’s a dirty job. Somebody has to do it,” Varoufakis said in an exclusive interview with Turkey’s TRT World.
The Greek economist said that his plans to change Europe in the first half of 2015 had been torpedoed by the Greek government.
“If my prime minister backed my default, we would have changed Europe… I never felt helpless in Brussels. I felt helpless in Athens,” he said.
In March 2018, Varoufakis announced the launch of his own political party MeRA 25, with the stated aim of freeing Greece from “debt bondage”.
He stated at the time that he hoped the party, whose name stands for “European Realistic Disobedience Front”, would be based on an alliance of “people of the left and liberalism, greens and feminists”.