Klaus Regling is “very sad” as a result of the “breach of privacy” by Yanis Varoufakis’ audio recordings of the Eurogroup meetings.
Of course he is sad, given that if citizens could hear and see what he said and did, Mr. Regling would find it very difficult to stay employed in any European country, including his own.
If he was scrutinised by the public, would he ever have dared to recommend to a minister of a fellow European nation that he should withhold all pension payments so that his country could pay back an instalment to the IMF?
If he was scrutinised by the public, would European citizens have not noticed that Mr. Regling is not simply a cynical bureaucrat, but an inept one at that?
When he speaks off-script, even when the camera is pointed at him, Mr Regling makes basic technical mistakes. For example, in the most recent documentary of George Avgeropoulos, AGORA II, he said that Italy and Belgium have managed a primary surplus of over 3% per year for decades – something that, with only some basic research, the documentary-maker revealed to be false.
This is the reason why people like Mr. Regling are terrified of the eyes and ears of citizens: public scrutiny.
This is the reason why the Eurogroup meetings have no minutes.
This is the reason why, when Costas-Gavras announced that he would make a film based on Yanis Varoufakis’ book “Adults in the Room”, Mr. Regling was worried enough to ask for a meeting with the famous director. A request which Mr. Gavras accepted by inviting him for a working lunch in Paris.
During the lunch, according to Costas-Gavras himself, Mr. Regling attempted to dissuade the director from filming Adults in the Room, on the basis that — according to him — the events described in Mr Varoufakis’ book, and especially the conversations in the Eurogroup, are, largely inaccurate.
Mr. Gavras, after having listened to his argumentation, responded: “The reason why I believe Mr. Varoufakis’ book is that I fact-checked its content against his recordings of the Eurogroup proceedings, which allowed me to hear what you and your colleagues said, Mr. Regling”.
Of course, that was the end of the conversation. Mr. Regling did not respond, until yesterday, when he expressed his sadness that the citizens of Europe would finally learn the truth.
P.S. The bill for the lunch was footed by Costas-Gavras. The bill for Mr. Regling’s ineptitude is being paid daily by European, and especially Greek, citizens.
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