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Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-12-14 - Original post - cached version

Onwards with DiEM25-Generation-s-EUROPEAN SPRING and our New Deal for Europe

Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-12-14 - Original post - cached version
If Brexit demonstrates that leaving the EU is not the walk in the park that Eurosceptics promised, Emmanuel Macron’s current predicament proves that blind European loyalism is, similarly, untenable. The reason is that the EU’s architecture is equally difficult to deconstruct, sustain and reform....
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-12-14 - Original post - cached version
On November 25, at a hip “event loft” in Berlin, Yanis Varoufakis announced that he’d be campaigning for office in two countries at once. In the spring, the former Greek finance minister had declared his intention to run for prime minister back home in Athens—and in ordinary times, that might have...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-12-14 - Original post - cached version
Western democracies in chaos: In the face of divisive nationalist movements, DiEM25 co-founder and former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis wants the world’s progressives to fight for democratic rights and an International Green New Deal. Here he explains why. Source: CNN

Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-12-01 - Original post - cached version
A global war is being waged against workers, against our environment, against democracy, against decency. A network of right-wing factions is spreading across borders working to erode human rights, silence dissent, and promote intolerance. To defeat this new Nationalist International, we cannot...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-12-01 - Original post - cached version
Yesterday, DiEM25 and the SANDERS INSTITUTE, in a packed room hearing from Bernie Sanders, Yanis Varoufakis, Niki Ashton, Ada Colau and Jeff Sachs, we launched the Progressive International. (CLICK HERE TO READ THE OPEN CALL, TO JOIN, AND TO SUPPORT) Today, in this GUARDIAN op-ed, David Adler and...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-11-28 - Original post - cached version
On Sunday morning, the former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis picked up a microphone in Berlin, the German capital where, three years ago, high-stakes negotiations with E.U. leaders culminated in his resignation. Varoufakis, 57, knows many Germans still blame him and his country for the...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-11-26 - Original post - cached version
Germany is experiencing a paradoxical crisis. Germany is, on paper, flooded by… money. The federal government is in surplus. A tsunami of foreign money is flooding German banks. Families are saving. And even corporations hoard huge amounts of savings. So, why is the political centre not holding?...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-11-23 - Original post - cached version
In 2016, shortly before the EU referendum, Yanis Varoufakis warned that the UK was destined for a “Hotel California Brexit”: it could check out but it could never leave. The former Greek finance minister spoke from experience. In 2015, his efforts to end austerity – “fiscal waterboarding” – were...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-11-16 - Original post - cached version
On 17th October 2018, Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice President of the European Commission, addressed the Oxford Union in support of the motion that “the euro has never been stronger“. Today, Friday 16th November 2018, Steve Bannon is addressing the Oxford Union also. In between, on Wednesday 14th...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-11-16 - Original post - cached version
Whether or not you agree with his politics, there’s no denying that Greece’s one-time Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, offers a lot of food for thought to British businesses. The economist, politician, author and dedicated European reformer addressed our KPMG Executive Exchanges dinner in Leeds...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-11-10 - Original post - cached version
As the Brexit negotiations near crunch point, Theresa May is still battling to keep her party on side as she edges closer to a deal with Brussels. But is it possible to take on the EU in negotiations and win? One man who staked his political career on trying just that was the former Greek finance...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-11-03 - Original post - cached version
Last Friday, Yanis Varoufakis was in Italy to promote European Spring, a list of candidates standing across the continent in next May’s European election. The former Greek finance minister visited Rome just days after the European Commission had struck down the Italian government’s budget, sparking...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-10-28 - Original post - cached version

 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are here because Italy is being torn by two destructive forces: Brussels and Salvini. By the failed establishment of Renzi-Merkel-Juncker-Moscovici and by the reckless, racist anti-European Salvini project.

Tragically, Brussels and Salvini are working...

Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-10-15 - Original post - cached version
One country that symbolised the crisis of the last 10 years was Greece. Its insolvency embarked the country on a long regime of bail-outs and austerity. This August, Greece officially emerged from the crisis, with the OECD forecasting GDP growth again. So, did the austerity work? The former Greek...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-10-13 - Original post - cached version
Brian Eno correctly said that children play to discover how the world works and, once they grow up, art is the adult way of continuing to… play. But, then, he incorrectly surmised that art is not dangerous. True, in the good society art would not be dangerous. But, in our terrible societies the...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-10-04 - Original post - cached version
A culture war is underway in Europe – not between the ‘anywheres’ and the ‘nowheres’, but between those who use culture to divide – by class, by race, by nation – and those who use it to connect and include. This war is not based in Parliament – but on the street, in our homes, and across the web....
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-10-03 - Original post - cached version

This is the English language (original) interview with Arcangelo Rociola, published on the AGI site in Italian, on the Italian government’s clash with Brussels over its budget deficit, the plans for a flat tax (that is not flat) and a...

Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-10-01 - Original post - cached version

Yanis Varoufakis and Conservative MP Ken Clarke join Andrew Neil, along with Camilla Tominey from the Telegraph and Labour’s Rupa Huq. They discuss whether Labour is ready to govern, Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit meeting with the EU’s Michel Barnier and the Salisbury poisoning suspect reported to be a...

Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-10-01 - Original post - cached version
Deregulation. Infinite growth. Self-correcting markets. All are hallmarks of neoliberal thinking. But they’re more than just assumptions about the economy. They undergird much of the most influential thinking about governance right now, and dominate political and economic thinking everywhere. The...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-10-01 - Original post - cached version

ATHENS – As deadlines approach and red lines are redrawn in the United Kingdom’s impending withdrawal from the European Union, it is imperative for the people of Britain to regain democratic control over a process that is opaque and ludicrously irrational. The question is: How?

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Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-09-18 - Original post - cached version

 

 

2008 marked globalised capitalism’s near death experience. A decade later we have no right to be looking at those events as part of our economic history. The reason? We are still entangled in the crisis that the events of 2008 sparked off. They remain very much at the centre of...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-09-17 - Original post - cached version
Yanis Varoufakis: Risk has not been diminished, just taken out of sight

Ten years after its near-death experience, capitalism is back to its old ways.

Bailouts for the few and austerity for the many have caused global debt to rise 40% since 2007. Yes, British and European banks have...

Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-09-14 - Original post - cached version
YANIS VAROUFAKIS: Our new international movement will fight rising nationalism, its underlying fascist moment, and the pseudo-liberal establishment whose policies gave rise to it (Click here for The Guardian) Our era will be remembered for the triumphant march of a globally unifying...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-09-12 - Original post - cached version
Before 2008 we could all see that global trade imbalances were growing inexorably, creating a glut of savings in surplus countries that flowed into deficit countries, causing house price, stock exchange and debt bubbles whose bursting would never end well. What few could see, however, was that,...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-09-12 - Original post - cached version
The European Parliament elections will be a major battleground that the neofascist forces of the emergent Nationalist International (Salvini, Kurz, Orban, AfD, CSU, parts of the CDU, and of course figures like Donald Trump and Steve Bannon) will contest enthusiastically. DiEM25 and our EUROPEAN...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-09-10 - Original post - cached version

 

In the autumn of 2008 events unfolded in Wall Street that the crushing majority of people around the world had been led to believe could never occur. It was the financial equivalent of watching the sun spinning out of control soon after it rose above the horizon. Humanity watched on in...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-09-10 - Original post - cached version
Mythos Der Kapitalismus ist entzaubert und bringt uns das größte Faschismusproblem seit den Dreißigern Was im Herbst 2008 an der Wall Street geschah, hatten die allermeisten Menschen bis dahin für unmöglich gehalten, schließlich hatte man ihnen jahrelang weisgemacht, dass etwas Derartiges...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-09-05 - Original post - cached version

PART 1 – WHY SOCIALISM?

Interviewer: You are meeting with Jeremy Corbyn to discuss socialism. Why? Varoufakis: Because democracy needs a healthy democratic socialist movement to be part of the political process in order to be healthy

PART 2 – REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL

PART 3 –...

Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-08-31 - Original post - cached version
No policy is as self-defeating during recessionary times as the pursuit of a budget surplus for the purpose of containing public debt – austerity, for short. So, as the world approaches the tenth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, it is appropriate to ask why austerity proved so...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-08-27 - Original post - cached version
Over the past week, the world’s media have been proclaiming the successful completion of the Greek financial rescue programmemounted in 2010 by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. Headlines celebrated the end of Greece’s bailout, even the termination of austerity.

Buoyant...

Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-08-27 - Original post - cached version
Humanism is poorer this week. Uri Avnery has died. Soldier number 44410 of the Israel army, spent the following decades defending human decency in the land that he loved and struggled to make a welcoming home for Jews and Arabs alike. From his 1953 report of the raid on Qibya in Jordan, where an...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-08-22 - Original post - cached version
BILD meets Yanis Varoufakis – the man who was THE symbol of the Greek left-wing government’s resistance against the targets set by the bailout troika for the broke state of Greece. We met the professor of economics – who co-founded left-wing movement DiEM25 – in his summer house in the mountains of...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-08-22 - Original post - cached version

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Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-08-19 - Original post - cached version
Is there a Deep State in our western liberal democracies? If so, is it a conspiracy or something more ‘interesting’ than that? These are questions that the Left has been traditionally engaged with, especially when facing undercover campaigns to prevent progressives from winning power or, on...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-08-13 - Original post - cached version
Every so often humanity manages genuinely to surprise itself. Events to which we had previously assigned zero probability push us into what the ancient Greeks referred to as aporia: a state of intense bafflement urgently demanding a new model of the world we live in. The Crash of 2008 was such a...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-07-30 - Original post - cached version
ATHENS: A biblical calamity befell the Attica region last Monday. I saw its first sign in the late morning at Athens airport, where I was seeing off my daughter to Australia. A strong whiff of burning wood caused me to look up to the sky, where a whitish-yellow sun beckoned, surrounded by the tell-...
Yanis Varoufakis - 2018-07-27 - Original post - cached version
This year, the good people behind the Edinburgh Festival have kindly invited me to host a series of discussions under the title KILLING DEMOCRACY? My remit was: Further to explore the question of whether the current form of financialised capitalism is devouring democracy, reflecting on my work with...

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