Greek Finance Minister Resigns Just Days After Appointment; Cyprus Officially Requests Bailout

Tyler Durden's picture

This has to be a record:


This is the same guy who was appointed last week, and who fainted after seeking the official Greek numbers. In fact we are not sure he ever got an official appointment. And elsewhere:


Prepare the bath salt firehose.

Repanos: we hardly knew thee. Courtesy of William Banzai, this is what happened when Rapanos...

...saw the inside of the Greek Finance Ministry:

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Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Someone just spent the weekend looking at the books.

Exit stage right.


Alea Iactaest's picture

And he finally saw the basement at the Finance Ministry for himself. It looked better than the books.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Saw?  The Greeks are getting their eyes burnt looking at these books like they were staring at Madusa. 

potlatch's picture

wasn't this in an original Star Trek episode?

CPL's picture

Yes, the episode is called "The Trouble with Tribles".


Debt seems to replicate like tribbles do.  This episode brought to us by the ECB has no James T Kirk, Spock or McCoy.


It does have the annoying characters.  A red shirt, the guy that is addicted to holosuites and wesley Crusher.  They sit around all episode attempting to will the tribbles to cease reproducing.  Episode ends when the ship they are on is overrun with furry annoyances and the hull breaches are they all die horribly from the vacuum of space.

HoofHearted's picture

I think the FinMin saw there was nothing to scrape off for himself, nothing left to extort, no Greek isle to claim ownership of, no babes to be had by talking about his cushy government post, so he said, "Aw, screw it. I'll go wait in line for free vegetables with everyone else. I don't need to have this responsibility if there is no extra graft for me."

SheepRevolution's picture

You couldn't even make this stuff up.. No really, it is beyond fucked up.

HardlyZero's picture

He left the Titanic.  Probably to a vacation/retirement home in Cyprus...should be fun sailing and great retirement plan. 

Long-John-Silver's picture

Don't forget that most of the Tribbles died in the show and what few remained were "beamed away" because they were found to be toxic to humanity.

Killer the Buzzard's picture

The Star Trek episode was "Is There In Truth No Beauty?"

Peter Pan's picture

The Greek prime minister also did not like what he saw (hence his detached retina) and I suspect he will be the next to abdicate.

Good riddance to the finance minister as he was just another lackey of the banking mafia although I wish him a good recovery.

Greece has cooked her goose. She now has two hundred thousand people less than she had a decade ago and her population has aged. The oldies at the last election voted to keep the sick bastards who destroyed the nation for over 30 years becuase they feared for their pensions more than they feared for their children's future.

Nothing To See Here's picture

What's the most stunning is that it sounds as if finally, a Greek politician actually understood numbers. That kinda paradoxal for a socialist in any country.

Liquid Courage's picture

Politicians of any stripe or nation know this much about numbers:

“If you torture the data long enough, they’ll admit to anything!”

But eventually the tales they tell become so divorced from reality that the "torches and pitchforks" moment arrives. Are we there yet?

bdc63's picture

But on the brighter side, his 5 days of work entitle him to a full government pension under Greek law ....

CClarity's picture

Right-e-oh!   Probably $250,000 per year and health benes.  He better hope he was sworn in or else maybe can't collect.

On the prime minister front, he won't be able to fly if he had a vitrectomy and long acting gas injected into his eye.  I know, I had the same procedure in early May and can still see the gas and cannot fly nor go to altitude.  Had to cancel Tahoe, Yosemite, Washington DC, San Diego and Austin within past 4 weeks.  But maybe he can take speed trains and use those Greek shipping lines to get to meetings about Europe.

So  . . . Greece has no big guns able to "do the work".

potlatch's picture

Maybe this is the strategy.  Just rotate in as many citizens as you can into the government, because they are guaranteed pensions under EU law too.

CPL's picture

I assumed that was the strategy all along.  Theft, robbery and make our old mothers weep in poverty while hyperinflating anything of value.



HardlyZero's picture

Did they post-date or pre-date the resignation..its important if he is to receive his FULL benefits, including hospital stay and nurses, wet-nurses, long-term wet nurses, home-care, long-term home care, and feedings.   Where is WB7 ?  we need a better picture of this situation.

zuuuueri's picture

no loss there. samaras is a certifiable moron. really, in the spectacular company of the greek parliament, which is already pretty much stacked with clowns wall to wall, samaras stands out as below average. basically anybody who has sat in parliament in the past 25 years needs to be sent directly to prison, no exceptions.

Spastica Rex's picture

Thank God the U.S. is nothing like Greece in this respect.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

I just clicked my Danger-O-Meter from 8 to 9.

Danger Will Robinson!  Take some $$$ out of the banks and buy gold.  Dow -176 I just heard.



HardlyZero's picture

Agree 100%.  Just made a larger than normal purchase of PSLV and CEF....going into the week its going to be heck.   Cyprus and Spain both making official bailout requests.  Where does this end ?

Translational Lift's picture

This just went from Greek tragedy to a Greek JOKE.....

CrashisOptimistic's picture

Because ZH must examine all possibilities . . .

If I were in hospital from fainting and tests indicated something very serious, I would probably resign too so that the the country could have a Fin Min fully capable in such a difficult time.

CPL's picture

So this finance minister walks into a government and asks for a pension....Same as in town!!!  <rimshot>


ok needs a little work.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I hope to look like that when my Silver and Gold stash is finally (fairly) valued as more than "just" a commodity.

WonderDawg's picture

That is some seriously funny shit. Thanks for the laugh, WB. I'll be chuckling all day.

LouisDega's picture

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Liquid Courage's picture

Too funny! Looks like Barney Fife on acid.

SheepRevolution's picture

+10 minutes and still laughing.

kralizec's picture


Isn't that cat exiting stage left?


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

His other left......aka his right. :>)

insanelysane's picture

Is there another direction that you would expect Socialists to move?

cougar_w's picture


My kids are in theater. They have to learn all this stage stuff.

Haddock's picture

But will he draw a finance ministers pension?

Kiwi Pete's picture

I wonder how large his golden parachute is.

pods's picture

He probably saw the fine print that said he had to clean up that room in the basement.


Sauk Leader's picture

And pay out of pocket for paper and ink toner

Everybodys All American's picture

Finally got to the fine print about the gold transfers.

distopiandreamboy's picture

Bullish. He already fixed Greece

EscapeKey's picture

I believe it's more of a neutering.

Joebloinvestor's picture

I almost can't believe it.

A greek finally shows some FUCKING BALLS and quits.

Now he can show COURAGE and tell how bad it really is, that is if he can take a break from packing that trailer and getting the hell out of Dodge.

Nothing To See Here's picture

He probably watched by mistake a movie about the French revolution, guillotines and stuff...

Zola's picture

He knew he was going to get killed

cougar_w's picture


There won't be another qualified "Greek FinMin" for at least 20 years. Anyone who takes the job now won't know the score, is just filling the seat, and will keep a chopper idling on the roof.

bdc63's picture

I'm sure he just decided that he wanted to spend more time with his family ...