Alexis Tsipras has announced his new cabinet to lead Greece forward - with or without Europe. As was expected the economist Yanis Varoufakis was given the key position of Finance Minister, and another influential economist, Nikos Dragasakis was appointed Deputy Prime Minister...
Alexis Tsipras has reorganized the government, merging several ministries and creating new bodies, such as the Anti Corruption office to be led by Panos Nikoloudis.
The full cabinet:
Prime Minister - Alexis Tsipras
Deputy Prime Minister – Nikos Dragasakis
Minister of State: Nikos Pappas
Deputy Minister of State: Terence Quick
Parliamentary Speaker: Zoe Konstantopoulou
Minister of State to Coordinate Government Operations: Alekos Flambouris
Minister of State to Combat Corruption: Panagiotis Nikoloudis
Government Spokesperson: Gavril Sakellaridis
Ministry of Interior and Administrative Restructuring
Minister: Nikos Voutsis
- Giorgos Katrougalos (Administrative Restructuring)
- Yiannis Panousis (Protection of Citizens)
- Maria Kollia Tsaroucha (Macedonia / Thrace)
- Tasia Christodoulopoulou (Immigration Policy)
Ministry of Economy, Infrastructure, Shipping and Tourism
Minister: Giorgos Stathakis
- Theodoris Dritsas (Shipping)
- Elena Kountoura (Tourism)
- Christos Spirtzis (Infrastructure, transport and networks)
Ministry of Productive Reconstruction of the Environment and Energy
Minister: Panagiotis Lafazanis
- Yiannis Tsironis (Environment)
- Vangelis Apostolou (Agricultural Development)
- Panagiotis Sgouridis
Ministry of Culture and Education
Minister: Aristeidis Baltas
- Nikos Xydakis (Culture)
- Tasos Kourakis (Education)
- Kostas Fotakis (Research and Innovation)
- Stavros Kontonis (Sports)
Ministry of Finance
Minister: Yanis Varoufakis
As a gentle reminder, here is Yanis explaining the plan...
As Varoufakis previously explained,
The Troika is trying to suffocate us and to put pressure on the democratic choice by telling us: either you follow our requirements, or you will be cast into hell.
They actually have their own threats as exogenous circumstances of the situation, as they are simply part. They are trying to terrorize the Greek voters.
Doesn't seem like much middle-ground there.
But if no agreement is possible, or found?
So I say this clearly: “Death is preferable. “The real deficit in Greece, it is a dignity deficit. It is because of this lack of dignity that we have accepted stupid measures and this has fueled a vicious cycle of indignity which itself maintains discontent, fear and resentment. All this is not good. We must regain our dignity, spirit, October 28, 1940 made ??us say “no” to the ultimatum of Mussolini’s Italy. At this time, we do not have the means to say “no” and yet we did. (Note: 28 October 1940, the Greek dictator Metaxas refused by a “no” legendary submit to the Italian ultimatum In the war that followed, the Greeks pushed the Italian army. ). We must recapture the spirit of 28 October.
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- Nadia Valavani
- Kostas Mardas
Ministry of Health and Social Security
Minister: Panagiotis Kouroublis
- Andreas Xanthos (Health)
- Dimitris Stratoulis (Social Security)
Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity
Minister: Panos Scourletis
- Rania Antonopoulou (Unemployment)
- Theano Fotiou
Ministry of Defense
Minister: Panos Kammenos
- Kostas Isichos
- Nikos Toskas
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Minister: Nikos Kotzias
- Nikos Chountis (European Affairs)
- Efkleidis Tsakalotos (International Relations)
Ministry of Justice
Minister: Nikos Paraskevopoulos