'In an exclusive interview with the BBC, Mr Papantoniou blamed Germany for holding up a deal, saying "forces within German politics" were seeking to push Greece out of the single currency.
He called the current economic situation in Greece "very dangerous", and blamed Europe's slow response to the crisis so far for "sending confused signals to the market".
"We have lost a lot of time," he said. "The reputation of the eurozone has been hurt [and] the stability of the euro has been impaired.
"But even at this late stage it is important for the eurozone to show its determination and effectiveness in dealing [with the crisis].'
Pub quiz question: who are the worlds worst diplomats, the Russians or the Greeks?
Time and again during the Greek fiscal collapse, the Greeks have managed to blame the people who won't lend them money for the crisis. I'm not sure if it is a function of the Greek national psyche, or yet another retrograde result of being thoroughly imbued with Marxist claptrap. But whatever its root, the Greeks are virtually guarunteeing that even the Germans and Frenchmen who were predisposed to lending Greece the forty five billion euros it is asking for are now having second thoughts.
Forces 'within German politics' are seeking to kick Greece out of the Euro? That is unbelievably cheeky. Giving enormous numbers of Greeks cushy government jobs and plush pensions has nothing to do with Greeces plight, apparently. It is simply the victim of a German conspiracy.
You might want to read 'How to Win Friends and Influence People' again, Mr Papantoniou.