Greece needs Germany to combat neo-Nazis, Varoufakis says

Greece needs Germany to help it counter the rise of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, now the country’s third-biggest political force, Athens’ new Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said on Thursday.

“Germany must be proud of the fact that Nazism has been eradicated here,” Varoufakis told a joint news conference after meeting with his German counterpart Wolfgang Schaeuble.

“When I return home tonight I shall find myself in a parliament in which the third-largest party is not a neo-Nazi party, it is a Nazi party,” Varoufakis said, referring to Golden Dawn.

The previous evening on German public television, Varoufakis had made reference to the economic crisis in the 1930s which had seen Adolf Hitler rise to power.

“We need the people of Germany on our side. We need the people of Germany to help us in the struggle against misanthropy,” Varoufakis said on Thursday.

He said that “never again” should a 1933-style depression be allowed “to divide proud European nations.”