Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Papademos bomb blast raises ‘revenge attacks’ concern

by Kerin Hope

Financial Times

June 14, 2017

From his hospital bed, with the unruffled calm of the central banker he once was, Lucas Papademos describes the moment that a booby-trapped package exploded in his lap.

“It resembled a box containing some CDs tightly wrapped in plastic as if by a machine,” recalls the former Greek prime minister, who opened the package while being driven home from his office in central Athens. “I tried to tear the plastic — then the box exploded.”

The attack on May 25 shocked Greece’s political and business elite.

Mr Papademos, a former European Central Bank vice-president, led a national unity government in Greece that in 2012 carried out the largest sovereign debt restructuring in history. It was the first time that a Greek official involved with handling the country’s seven-year economic crisis had been targeted, raising worries about a possible campaign of “revenge” attacks by radical anarchists linked to anti-austerity protests.


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