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Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-06-05 - Original post - cached version
Η πολιτική κρίση στην Ιταλία ήταν αναπόφευκτη συνέπεια της αρχιτεκτονικής της ευρωζώνης και της αποτελμάτωσης που αυτή προκάλεσε. Ο μέσος Ιταλός είναι σήμερα φτωχότερος απ’ ό,τι είκοσι χρόνια πριν, ενώ την τελευταία δεκαετία η διαφορά στο κατά κεφαλήν εισόδημα για τον μέσο Ιταλό από τον μέσο...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-06-05 - Original post - cached version
Vanity Fair’s interviewed me on the new Italian government (see here). The complete, original Q&A follows below:

So, Italy has finally a government. New Premier is Giuseppe Conte, a technician who was never elected. Do you think this is acceptable? 

The new government has the consent...

Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-06-05 - Original post - cached version
Italian daily Il Fatto Quotidiano interviewed me (see here) regarding the latest developments in Italy, Europe and Greece. The original Q&A (in English) follows:

Greece is about to exit from the notorious memorandum, the austerity plan signed with the troika. Public finance has improved at a...

Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-06-03 - Original post - cached version

Yanis Varoufakis discusses his books, Adults in the Room and Talking to my Daughter About the Economy, at Politics and Prose on 10th May 2018

In his eye-opening memoir, Adults in the Room, Varoufakis, Greece’s former Finance Minister, recounts his frustrating struggle to resolve Greece’s...

Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-06-03 - Original post - cached version
Brexit rode to victory on the coat-tails of a type of discontent whose power sprang from its insuperable reluctance to specify its nature. Seemingly focused on a foreign power centre that British voters saw (with some justification) as the usurper of their democratic rights, its real focal point...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-06-01 - Original post - cached version
Italy should be doing well. Unlike Britain, it exports considerably more to the rest of the world than it imports, while its government spends less(excluding interest payments) than the taxes it receives. And yet Italy is stagnating, its population in a state of revolt following two lost decades....
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-05-31 - Original post - cached version
Corriere Della Sera, the Italian daily, published today an interview that I gave to Aldo Cazzullo. For the published version (in Italian of course), you can visit the paper’s site here. However, the published text is a heavily reduced version of the exchange between Mr Cazzullo and myself. For...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-05-30 - Original post - cached version
JOHANNESBURG – One of the most common mistakes European leaders make in interpreting US President Donald Trump’s hostility toward America’s traditional allies, or the alacrity of his administration’s efforts to blow up the international order, is to assume that all of this is unprecedented. Nothing...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-05-29 - Original post - cached version

Rome, July 24, 2015
To Yanis Varoufakis and Dominique Strauss-Khan

Dear Yanis, dear Dominique,

There is a place on earth that represents Europe’s very roots: Greece. Let us begin there.

Athens, April 28, 1955. Albert Camus’ conference on “The future of Europe”.[1]...

Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-05-28 - Original post - cached version
Much of the world was introduced to Yanis Varoufakis in early 2015, when, as Greece’s bold new finance minister (he rode a Yamaha to work and tabloids touted his sex appeal), he led negotiations with the European Union, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund to restructure...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-05-28 - Original post - cached version
I concede that there are issues over which I would welcome the Italian President’s use of constitutional powers that (in my humble opinion) he should not have.(*)  One such issue is the outrageous policy of the Lega and the promise of its leader, Mr Salvini, to expel five hundred thousand migrants...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-05-27 - Original post - cached version
Yanis Varoufakis – Happiness, Inc. – Think Again – a Big Think Podcast #149

Jason GOTS: As the Wu-Tang Clan once put it: “Cash moves everything around me… Get the money. Dollar dollar bill, y’all.” I grew up not wanting to believe this. All the stuff that seemed worth having was hard to put...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-05-27 - Original post - cached version
Κάποτε βλέπαμε σκηνές όπως οι πρόσφατες από τη Γάζα και νιώθαμε αποτροπιασμό, θεωρώντας τους εαυτούς μας συμπάσχοντες με τους Παλαιστινίους. Σήμερα, έχουμε απολέσει το δικαίωμα σε αυτή την αθωότητα δεδομένου ότι οι κυβερνώντες μας, η δεύτερη κυβέρνηση του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ (που συνεχίζει απροκάλυπτα την...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-05-27 - Original post - cached version
Nomiki Konst (TYT Politics) interviews former Greek Finance Minister and Greek Member of Parliament Yanis Varoufakis. Get ‘Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: A Brief History of Capitalism’ here: http://a.co/eXqqRNt
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-05-25 - Original post - cached version

On the day of this discussion/presentation, students and staff were occupying part of the New School as part  of a twin labour dispute: one regarding the cafeteria staff facing dismissal and partial re-employment under worse terns and a second dispute concerning low pay and lack of rights for...

Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-05-24 - Original post - cached version
Trump vs Europe: He’s threatening European banks and industries with sanctions. If they don’t cut off trade with Iran, they would be barred from American markets and transactions with American banks. We asked Yanis Varoufakis for his analysis—he’s the former finance minister of Greece who led the...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-05-19 - Original post - cached version

Click photo above or here for the video discussing Trump’s trade tariff strategy

Click photo above or here for the video regarding the so-called ‘economic experts’

 

 

Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-05-18 - Original post - cached version

Click the photo above or here  for Part 1:  Yanis Varoufakis on Lost U.S. Credibility in Middle East, from Iran Deal to Israel Embassy Move

Part 2: Yanis Varoufakis on Iran Nuclear Deal Demise, US Trade Negotiations, Europe’s Far Right & Capitalism

In the latest economic...

Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-05-15 - Original post - cached version
Ο πρώην υπουργός Οικονομικών Γιάνης Βαρουφάκης ασχολείται πλέον με το κίνημα DiEM25 και την ελληνική του εκδοχή MεΡΑ25. Από νέες θέσεις ασκεί κριτική στην κυβέρνηση Τσίπρα, αμφισβητεί πως υπήρξε κόστος από την επτάμηνη διαπραγμάτευση του 2015, ενώ αποδομεί την έξοδο από το Μνημόνιο το προσεχές...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-05-15 - Original post - cached version
The idea of a unified Europe didn’t always elicit the current mixture of exasperation, boredom, and rage, in politicians and ordinary people alike. In fact, there was a time when the European Union seemed like a great initiative, especially on a continent ravaged first by two hot wars, then broken...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-05-15 - Original post - cached version

Polémico. Atractivo. Brillante. Controvertido. Los seis meses de Yanis Varoufakis(Atenas, 1961) al frente del Ministerio de Finanzas de Grecia lo convirtieron en una celebridad global, en una suerte de estrella del rock de la política económica. Sus detractores lo caricaturizan como un...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-05-15 - Original post - cached version

For a manifesto to succeed, it must speak to our hearts like a poem while infecting the mind with images and ideas that are dazzlingly new. It needs to open our eyes to the true causes of the bewildering, disturbing, exciting changes occurring around us, exposing the possibilities with...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-05-15 - Original post - cached version
Progressive people and politicians in the UK should end the “idiocy” of wishing for a second referendum on Brexit and instead turn to what can be salvaged from leaving the EU, according to Yanis Varoufakis, the former Greek finance minister. Even though the UK is likely to leave the EU with a bad...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-05-15 - Original post - cached version
LISBON – It used to be an axiom of liberalism that freedom meant inalienable self-ownership. You were your own property. You could lease yourself to an employer for a limited period, and for a mutually agreed price, but your property rights over yourself could not be bought or sold. Over the past...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-05-01 - Original post - cached version
Today, May 1, we struggle not to forget the sacrifices of generations of workers  to etch onto the world’s collective conscience the crucial principle that labour is not, and can never be, just another commodity. We struggle to remember past struggles so that the next struggles can be won in the...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-05-01 - Original post - cached version
Σήμερα, Πρωτομαγιά, απλά πασχίζουμε να μην ξεχνάμε τους προηγούμενους ώστε να κερδηθούν οι επόμενοι: Τον Μάη 1886 στο Σικάγο Την μεγάλη απεργία του 1896 στο Λαύριο Tην Φεντερασιόν του Αβραάμ Μπεναρόγια και τους νεκρούς της Πρωτομαγιάς του 1911 στην Θεσσαλονίκη Τον Κρητικό συνδικαλιστή Λούη...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-04-23 - Original post - cached version
Το αφήγημα του κατεστημένου ήταν και παραμένει: Να παραμείνουμε «υποδειγματικοί κρατούμενοι» ώστε να παραμείνουμε εντός της ευρωζώνηης έως ότου οι Βορειοευρωπαίοι  προχωρήσουν σε λύσεις τύπου Μακρόν. Τα ψέματα όμως τελείωσαν. Η δολοφονία της μετριοπαθούς πρότασης Μακρόν ήταν η τελευταία ευκαιρία...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-04-23 - Original post - cached version
Απόψε, Δευτέρα 23 Απριλίου στις 7μμ στο θέατρο Ιλίσια, το ΜέΡΑ25 και το DiEM25 εγκαινιάζουμε μια σειρά συζητήσεων για τον πολιτισμό, καλώντας στο βήμα ανθρώπους του θεάτρου, όπως ο Γιάγκος Ανδρεάδης, ο Γιώργος Μανιώτης, η Ελένη Σπετσιώτη, η Μαρία Καρακίτσου ενώ στο πάνελ των ομιλητών θα βρίσκονται...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-04-20 - Original post - cached version

Ladies and gentlemen, the main reason for being here tonight is to use, in our capacity as the Democracy in Europe Movement – DiEM25 -, to press whatever resources we have into the service of healing the rift between progressive Remainers and progressive Leavers. We have enough divisions in the...

Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-04-16 - Original post - cached version
Κατά την επίσκεψή μας στη Μυτιλήνη είχαμε την ευκαιρία να δούμε από κοντά την καρδιά του προσφυγικού ζητήματος, να ακούσουμε ανθρώπους που έχουν δώσει το είναι τους σε αυτόν τον σκόπο, με προσωπικό κόστος, άλλους να δυσπιστούν και ακούσαμε ρεαλιστικούς προβληματισμούς για το εξαιρετικά πολυσύνθετο...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-04-16 - Original post - cached version
Le leader de DiEM 25, Yanis Varoufakis, ancien ministre grec des finances qui a rompu avec le parti d’Alexis Tsipras, est l’invité de La Midinale. L’occasion de parler de la situation de la Grèce, de ses relations avec la gauche française et des élections européennes de l’année prochaine.

Sur...

Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-04-16 - Original post - cached version
Yanis Varoufakis is full of teasing paradoxes. As a radical economics guru, he expounds on the state of the world with a mixture of burning grievance and brimming, almost imperious, self-confidence. Aged 57, his personal baggage includes a keen sense of the wrongs of recent Greek history, which...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-04-14 - Original post - cached version
Μπορεί να διαφωνήσεις μαζί του, να τον κατακρίνεις, να τον χλευάσεις. Αυτό που όμως δεν μπορείς να κάνεις είναι να αγνοήσεις αυτά που έμαθες λόγω της δικής του δράσης για τα εγκλήματα που έγιναν (και γίνονται) στο όνομά σου. Ή το γεγονός ότι παραμένει εντοιχισμένος σε δύο δωμάτια για αυτό και για...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-04-14 - Original post - cached version
You can disagree with him, mock him, despise him. But you cannot ignore what he contributed to your understanding of crimes committed in your name against humanity. Or that he is persecuted for this and nothing else. End Assange’s isolation now. Sign the petition!
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-04-13 - Original post - cached version
Ladies and Gentlemen, my heartfelt thanks for your presence here tonight. Thanks also to the good people at South Bank who honoured me with the humbling idea and invitation to combine my own musings on globalisation with the remarkable images of Andreas Gursky – images which have, over the years,...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-04-13 - Original post - cached version
Τη μακρά οκταετία των παθών του τόπου το κατεστημένο απαιτεί από τους πολίτες να προσμένουν την «ανάσταση» την ώρα που τους βομβαρδίζει με ψέματα και φρούδες ελπίδες. Η πραγματική ελπίδα όμως απαιτεί να κοιτάζουμε τη ζοφερή πραγματικότητα στα μάτια, χωρίς να κάμπτεται η θέλησή μας να την...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-04-07 - Original post - cached version
After successfully quashing Greece’s 2015 debtor’s prison break, Europe’s deep establishment has embarked on a mission to declare the country’s economic and social crisis over. To recall Tacitus, “they make a desert and they call it peace”. Since 2015, the Greek state has paid its creditors a sum...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-04-07 - Original post - cached version
Join economist and Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25) co-founder Yanis Varoufakis for a keynote talk on the economic force that has shaped our world: globalisation. This South Bank talk is punctuated by images from acclaimed German photographer, Andreas Gursky, whose iconic...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-04-04 - Original post - cached version
As British Prime Minister Theresa May is finding out, disentangling a member state from the EU is an arduous and complex undertaking. But how much harder would Brexit have been had the United Kingdom adopted the euro back in 2000? ATHENS – “You can check out any time you like, but you can never...

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