Everyone Is Trying to Decode This Photo of the Greek Finance Minister's Handwritten Notes

What does it all mean?

Quick, zoom in!

Quick, zoom in!

Photographer: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

The world is on edge today, awaiting news of some kind of development that could lead to a resolution of the Greek debt crisis.

Eurogroup finance ministers are meeting in Brussels on Tuesday in hopes of working out a deal.

Joining them is new Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos. In only his second day on the job, he managed to set off a brief wave of speculation on social media after posing for a photo with his handwritten meeting notes visible to the cameras.

The handwritten notes of newly appointed Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos during a Eurogroup meeting ahead of a Eurozone Summit meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on July 7, 2015.
The handwritten notes of newly appointed Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos during a Eurogroup meeting ahead of a Eurozone Summit meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on July 7, 2015.
Photographer: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

They're a little hard to make out (though they are written in English), and it's not clear what any of it means. One of the few phrases everyone noticed was "no triumphalism," possibly a reference to the Greek government's successful effort to get a "no" vote on its recent referendum. There also appears to be reference to KKE, the Greek Communist Party. And curiosity abounds as to the word missing in this statement: "mostly I __ on viability grounds"

People on Twitter have been investigating the mystery, with little success.

https://twitter.com/DjMerlin/status/618431999439716352

https://twitter.com/Sezzakern/status/618434340922519552https://twitter.com/yankeetango/status/618416322570002433

https://twitter.com/valamajanis/status/618434071627214849

The inevitable joke versions have arrived.

https://twitter.com/Berlaymonster/status/618434389245083648

https://twitter.com/Harbingered/status/618433183768408064

We probably haven't learned anything about what's going on in the meetings, but the notes have provided a fun diversion as we await the results.

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