ATHENS – Flamboyant Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who’s complained abot austerity, said he’s sorry he and his wife posed for photos in a French magazine showing them living the high life.
The pictures have drawn further ridicule for him after he’s already been taunted by critics as a show-off and a pariah among his fellow Eurozone ministers because of his camera-hogging penchant.
“I wish that shoot had not taken place, I regret it,” he told Alpha TV, adding that he did “not agree with the aesthetic” of the pictures although he and wife are beaming throughout as they dine on their roof terrace with the Acropolis in the background.
Varoufakis was pictured by Paris Match at a piano in his living room, and dining with his wife in style on the roof terrace of his “love nest at the foot of the Acropolis,” while telling the magazine how he abhorred the “star system.”
The photos came at the same time he has been complaining about the effects of big pay cuts, tax hikes, slashed pensions and worker firings on Greek workers, pensioners and the poor as he travels and lives in luxury.
Still, he said, the article “did a lot of good to Greece in France,” although he didn’t explain what he meant.
Varoufakis has come under growing pressure because of his preening for cameras but said he wasn’t upset that the German tabloid newspaper Bild said he’ll be fired soon by Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras.
“It is an honor to have Bild trying to undermine me. The more they do it, the better I sleep at night,” he said, in statements reprinted on state news agency ANA.
Source: The National Herald