Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, is facing a fierce storm of criticism in his own country after he posed for a photo shoot for French lifestyle magazine Paris Match.
Greece is currently in the midst of tough negotiations with its international creditors, after years of high unemployment and austerity measures following a sovereign debt crisis which began in 2011. Varoufakis belongs to the newly elected left-wing Syriza Party which has billed itself as anti-austerity and has vowed to renegotiate the terms of its bailout.
However, the finance minister has received stinging criticism for a Paris Match spread which depicted what many saw as a comfortable lifestyle at a time when a lot of Greeks are struggling financially. In the photo shoot, Varoufakis is seen drinking wine with his wife, reading a book, playing the piano and posing in front of the Acropolis.
"You will allow me not to comment on particular stories in the press," Varoufakis told CNBC on the sidelines of the Ambrosetti Spring Workshop financial markets event in Lake Como, Italy.