Date
29 July 2017
Euclid Tsakalotos (right), his notes visible, shakes hands with Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem. Photo: Bloomberg
Euclid Tsakalotos (right), his notes visible, shakes hands with Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem. Photo: Bloomberg

Twitter abuzz as new Greek finance chief allows peek at notes

As the world awaits word of developments in the Greek debt crisis, the country’s new finance minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, has given netizens something with which to occupy their time.

In only his second day on the job, he managed to set off a brief wave of speculation on social media after posing for a photo with his handwritten notes for a Eurogroup ministerial meeting visible to the cameras, Bloomberg reported.

Most of the notes are in English, and one of the few phrases everyone noticed was “no triumphalism”, possibly a reference to the Greek government’s success in obtaining a “no” vote in its referendum on a European bailout Sunday.

There also appears to be a reference to KKE, the Greek Communist Party.

Curiosity abounds as to the word obscured by the minister’s thumb in the statement “mostly I __ on viability grounds”.

The Twitterati have weighed in on the apparent slip by Tsakalotos.

One called it a “schoolboy error”. 

Others had fun with it by using image editing software to place their own version of the notes onto the minister’s notepad.

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It is possible to make out much of what is in the notes in this image posted on Twitter. Photo: Bloomberg


A Twitter user edited the image to show spoofed notes in the minister’s hand. Photo: Twitter


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