“Let me tell you a story that marked my pre-electoral campaign, at a personal level. I was being interviewed by a Spanish journalist who was accompanied by a Greek translator, as it usually happens. At the end, the Greek, who hadn’t said a word, asked the Spaniard a moment to speak to me in Greek. He came near me, got hold of me with both of his hands, with his eyes full of tears and told me, ‘You know, I used to teach foreign languages, now I’m homeless. I’ve been homeless for two years, some foreign journalists employ me, but I spend day and night in the streets of Athens trying to pretend that I am not homeless and getting ready for the fortnightly visits to my daughter, in which my only goal is to not let her realise that I’m homeless.” Then he took my hands and said, ‘there is nothing I ask for me. There is nothing you can do. I am finished. But make sure to prevent others from falling into the same abyss as I have.” So, this is the situation we have.”
Yanis Varoufakis, the new Finance Minister of Greece, when asked why he had described the Greek Crisis as a Humanitarian crisis.