In Dutch daily Trouw today, there is an interview with Blairite politician Jeroen René Victor Anton Dijsselbloem, ex-Dutch Finance Minister and ex-boss of the Eurogroup imposing disastrous austerity on Greece and other countries.
From that interview, about a new book by Dijsselbloem about his experiences as he sees them (translated):
Dijsselbloem: Many people have thought that I would attack many people in the book. But I have absolutely no need to settle accounts with anyone.
Interviewer Christoph Schmidt: Except with Varoufakis.
Varoufakis was the finance minister in the new Greek government, elected on an anti-austerity platform. Varoufakis warned other European governments on the disastrous consequences of austerity, like the rise of neonazism. After the Greek people in a referendum had overwhelmingly rejected austerity, the European Union, in the words of the British (pro-European Union) Green party, did a ‘coup’ in Greece, forcing Varoufakis out. Dijsselbloem himself admits in an interview with another Dutch daily, De Volkskrant, today that the Eurogroup austerity abolished democracy in Greece.
Dijsselbloem damaged not only the Greek economy. He damaged the Dutch economy as well. In 2013, Dijsselbloem admitted to damaging the Dutch economy. He said that was to be credible in damaging the Greek economy.
So: destroying the economy, health care, education, etc. in the Netherlands, in order to be better able to destroy the economy, health care, education, etc. in Greece. “
Doctor” Quack Dijsselbloem prescribed his medicine for the Dutch economy; not because it works, as it doesn’t. But in order to continue to prescribe it in Greece, where it does not work either.
Dijsselbloem destroyed his ‘center left’ social democratic PvdA party. Because of his austerity policies in a coalition government in which the PvdA was the junior partner of the right-wing VVD, in the 2017 election the PvdA had just nine MPs left of its previous 38 ones. Similar to their Greek sister party PASOK, moribund because of imposing austerity while in government.
After arguing in a pair of Guardian op-eds last month that a worldwide progressive movement is needed to counter the unifying rightwing “that sprang out of the cesspool of financialized capitalism,” former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis announced in Rome on Friday that he and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) plan to officially launch “Progressives International” in the senator’s state on Nov. 30: here.