Secret tapes reveal Eurogroup handling of the Greek debt crisis

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Mediapart has obtained access to secret sound recordings made by former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis of his negotiations with eurozone finance ministers and representatives of the IMF, ECB and the European Commission at the height of the Greek debt crisis in 2015. The 15 hours of recordings offer a sometimes disturbing insight into the tense, closed-door, informal talks aimed at deciding the fate of a nation that was being brought to its knees. Ludovic Lamant reports.

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It takes time to get used to, and to distinguish, the voices of“Mario” (Draghi), “Pierre” (Moscovici), “Wolfgang” (Schaüble) and “Christine” (Largarde). Patience is also needed to master the very technical jargon being spoken, often in approximate English. The only figure around the table who speaks a different language is France’s then finance minister, Michel Sapin, who expresses himself in French.