Varoufakis says Grexit is a 'forbidden thought'

Greece's Finance Minister Yanis VaroufakisEric Vidal/ReutersGreece’s Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis gives a news conference after an extraordinary euro zone finance ministers meeting (Eurogroup) to discuss Athens’ plans to reverse austerity measures agreed as part of its bailout, in Brussels February 20, 2015.

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said on Thursday that talk of Greece leaving the euro zone risked increasing the probability it would happen, which in turn would start to unravel the entire common currency.

“Grexit is a forbidden thought in our minds,” he told an audience at the European Parliament in Brussels.

Noting suggestions that a Greek exit could be contained by the rest of the bloc, he added: “Once there is this mindset that now we don’t have an indivisible common currency… this is a very corrosive idea which will eventually bring the whole project down.

“And therefore the thought of Grexit is profoundly anti-European.”

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