Efklidis Tsakalotos

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Tsakalotos at a meeting with Sinn Féin in Ireland in March 2015

Efklidis Tsakalotos (also Euclid Tsakalotos or Euclid Tsakalotos , Greek Ευκλείδης Τσακαλώτος , * 1960 in Rotterdam ) is a Greek economist and politician. From 6 July 2015 to 28 August 2015 he was Greek finance minister in the first cabinet of Alexis Tsipras . From September 23, 2015, he held this office again in Tsipra's second cabinet until the end of 2019. Tsakalotos is one of the founding members and on the party executive of the left-wing Greek party SYRIZA . From January to July 2015 he was Greek Deputy Foreign Minister for international economic relations and from April 2015 chief negotiator for negotiations with the Eurogroup on the Greek sovereign debt crisis .

Family, education and work

Efklidis Tsakalotos was born in Rotterdam as the son of a civil engineer who worked for Greek shipping companies. His grandfather was Thrasyvoulos Tsakalotos , a general in the Greek army who was involved in the Greek Civil War (1946-1949). At the age of five he moved to Great Britain with his parents, where he attended St. Paul 's private school in London .

After graduating from school, he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the Universities of Oxford and Sussex and obtained a DPhil in Oxford in 1989 . From 1989 to 1990 he worked as a research fellow at the University of Kent ; he taught there from October 1990 to June 1993 and from October 1994 to September 2010 at the Athens University of Economics .

Tsakalotos describes himself as a Marxist , although he did joint economic research with the former conservative finance minister and current head of the Greek central bank, Giannis Stournaras . They have been close friends since studying together at Oxford.

Tsakalotos is married to a Scot and they have three children together.

Political career

In the parliamentary elections in May 2012 , he was elected to the Greek Parliament as a member of the Athens 2 constituency; so also in the following parliamentary elections in June 2012 and January 2015 . In July 2012, SYRIZA chairman Alexis Tsipras appointed him head of a “Committee for the Control of the Ministry of Finance” in his shadow cabinet . After SYRIZA's victory in the Greek parliamentary elections in January 2015, Tsakalotos became, alongside Nikos Chountis, Deputy Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias , responsible for international economic relations. In April 2015, Tsakalotos took over from Yanis Varoufakis the task of negotiating with the Eurogroup on aid and reform measures in the context of the Greek sovereign debt crisis . After Varoufakis' resignation on July 6, 2015, the day after the referendum on the European reform requirements , Tsakalotos took over the finance ministry.

He was temporarily a board member of the POSDEP (Hellenic Federation of University Teachers' Associations) .

Web links

Commons : Euclid Tsakalotos  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Αναπληρωτής Υπουργός Διεθνών Οικονομικών Σχέσεων, mfa.gr (Greek).
  2. We are for Europe! In: welttrends.de , May 2015 edition ( PDF , interview).
  3. Thomas Kirchner: The brain behind Syriza's economic policy . In: Süddeutsche Zeitung . July 6, 2015.
  4. Helena Smith: Euclid Tsakalotos: Greece's secret weapon in credit negotiations ( English ) In: The Guardian .
  5. a b Alternate Foreign Minister for International Economic Relations (mfa.gr) ( Memento from July 7, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  6. Athens University of Economics and Business - Οικονομικό Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών . In: aueb.gr . Archived from the original on April 20, 2015. Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.aueb.gr
  7. ^ New finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos. In: Der Standard , July 6, 2015.
  8. Boris Kálnoky: A Marxist is supposed to save Greece from bankruptcy. In: Die Welt , April 27, 2015, cf. z. B. Heather D. Gibson, Yannis Stournaras, Euclid Tsakalotos: The Real and Financial Sectors in Southern Europe: Catch-up, Convergence and Financial Institutions , University of Kent, Canterbury 1992.
  9. Panagis Galiatsatos: Quieter Tones. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung , July 6, 2015.
  10. ΒΟΥΛΗ ΤΩΝ ΕΛΛΗΝΩΝ . In: hellenicparliament.gr .
  11. Michael Martens : Athens new teacher. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , May 6, 2015
  12. Cabinet List Tsipras Government, General Secretariat of the Government (Greek)