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The Guardian on Tsakalotos

Euclid Tsakalotos, the Oxford University-educated economist elevated to the top post of bailout negotiations coordinator, is the polar opposite of the Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis.

Diffident and soft-spoken, the 55-year-old is amiable in person person, low-key and professorial, the embodiment of the academic he has been for the past 30 years.

Tsakalotos was born in Holland and raised in the UK, the son of a prominent Greek family who sent him to the exclusive London private school St Paul’s.

He relocated to Athens with his British wife in the early 90s after teaching economics at Kent University.

As  he will coordinate face-to-face contact between Athens and its creditors, Tsakalotos is likely to be methodical, detail-oriented and tenacious.

Tsakalotos supports eurozone membership but is adamantly against the implementation of further recessionary measures.

source: The Guardian