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En defensa de Varoufakis

LONDRES – Se ha puesto de moda menospreciar a Yanis Varoufakis, ex ministro de Hacienda de Grecia: desde culparlo por el nuevo desplome de la economía griega hasta acusarlo de tramar ilegalmente la salida de Grecia de la zona del euro. Aunque no lo he conocido ni he hablado con él, creo que está recibiendo un rapapolvo (cada vez más fuerte) que no se merece. En ese proceso, se esta desviando la atención de las cuestiones fundamentales relativas a la capacidad de Grecia para recuperarse y prosperar, tanto si permanece en la zona del euro como si decide salir de ella.

Ésa es la razón por la que es importante tomar nota de las ideas que Varoufakis sigue encarnando. Los griegos y otros pueden criticarlo por aplicar su programa con demasiado poca cortesía mientras ocupó su puesto, pero la esencia de dicho programa era –y sigue siendo– en gran medida correcta.

Tras una impresionante victoria en las elecciones de su partido Syriza en el pasado mes de enero, el Primer Ministro de Grecia, Alexis Tsipras, nombró a Varoufakis para que dirigiera las delicadas negociaciones con los acreedores del país. Su mandato era el de renovar totalmente la relación de dos formas importantes: volver sus condiciones más favorables para el crecimiento económico y la creación de empleo y restablecer el equilibrio y la dignidad en el trato a Grecia por parte de sus socios europeos y el Fondo Monetario Internacional.

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