Greece's pro-euro Tsakalotos back as finance minister

The first test for Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos will be a review due late October by lenders on whether Athens is abiding by the reforms programmeAffable Oxford-trained economist, Euclid Tsakalotos, who was re-appointed Greece’s finance minister, is a New Left pro-European who sees Greece’s future within the euro. In his short first stint as minister from July 6 to August 20, when premier Alexis Tsipras called a snap election, the 55-year-old helped craft the tough austerity bailout agreed by the premier to prevent the debt-crippled nation’s “Grexit” — or exit from the eurozone. Throughout the make-or-break talks he remained as discreet and tight-lipped as his predecessor Yanis Varoufakis was flamboyant and confrontational.

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