WORLD – Reforms will fail, says former Greek finance minister

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis believes that the economic reforms imposed on his country by creditors are “going to fail”, ahead of talks on a huge bailout.

Varoufakis said Greece was subject to a programme that will “go down in history as the greatest disaster of macroeconomic management ever”.

The German parliament approved the opening of negotiations on Friday.

The bailout could total €86bn (£60bn) in exchange for austerity measures.

In a damning assessment, Varoufakis said: “This programme is going to fail whoever undertakes its implementation.”

Asked how long that would take, he replied: “It has failed already.”

Varoufakis resigned earlier this month, in what was widely seen as a conciliatory gesture towards the eurozone finance ministers with whom he had clashed frequently.

He said Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who has admitted that he does not believe in the bailout, had little option but to sign.

“We were given a choice between being executed and capitulating. And he decided that capitulation was the optimal strategy.”

Mr Tsipras has announced a cabinet reshuffle, sacking several ministers who voted against the reforms in parliament this week.

Greece must pass further reforms on Wednesday next week to secure the bailout.

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