This saying is true for those exited people who accused the Greek finance minister Janis Varoufakis of secretly recording a Euro-group meeting in Riga with his smartphone. “Outrageous! An impertinence!” screamed the German daily newspaper Die Welt on May 22nd. The Handelsblatt led with the story in a not much more polite way: “The impossible minister”. A German government representative let himself to be quoted with: “An absolute absurdity.” Did Varoufakis report on the meeting? Did he quote colleagues? Did he breach “confidentiality” which, according to Euro-group boss Dijsselbloem is “the basis for all these meetings”? None of the above. The opposite is the case. In reality several participants from other Euro countries were freely gossiping about internal details from the meeting – among them finance ministers from Slovenia, Slovakia and Austria. And most of them were directed against Varoufakis. He apparently was called an “amateur”, “gambler” or “time waster” at the meeting. Events as such may be unimportant. But a complete recording of the meeting would be in the democratic, public interest. But the way the mainstream media react with new Greek bashing is typical of the way the EU deals with Greece.

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