Greek bailout negotiator Euclid Tsakalotos named new finance minister

AFP , Monday 6 Jul 2015

Greece on Monday named economist Euclid Tsakalotos, its top negotiator in the stalled EU-IMF talks, as the country's new finance minister, the president's office said.

"Euclid Tsakalotos will take his oath of office at 1700 GMT today," it said.

Rotterdam-born and Oxford-educated Tsakalotos, 55, taught economics at Kent University in Britain between 1990 and 1993 before relocating to Athens.

The leftist economist and lawmaker of the ruling Syriza party replaces flamboyant fellow economist Yanis Varoufakis, who stepped down earlier Monday.

Tsakalotos had already become Greece's point man in the EU-IMF talks in April after Varoufakis was deemed too abrasive in his contacts with fellow eurozone finance ministers.

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