Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis, who resigned as Finance Minister for Greece's Syriza-led government on Monday, July 6, 2015, is the author of The Global Minotaur and a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Follow him on Twitter: @yanisvaroufakis

 

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Yanis Varoufakis, leader of the anti-establishment European Realistic Disobedience Front (MeRA25) movement, DiEM25's electoral wing in Greece, during a press conference following the European parliamentary elections earlier this year. (Photo: Aris Missinis/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Saturday, November 02, 2019
Another Europe Is Possible
As harsh austerity and xenophobic nationalist fester in Europe, former Greek finance minister and DiEM25 co-founder Yanis Varoufakis discusses his antidote to the crisis with Tellus Senior Fellow Allen White in the following interview first published at the Great Transition Initiative (GTI) here ...
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With the climate strikers marching on their front feet—and the old guard caught retreating on its heels—we have a clear opportunity to achieve a true systems change. (Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
A Recession Is Coming. When It Does, We Need to Demand a Green New Deal.
American carnage and Brexit collapse, detention camps and environmental breakdown—the daily barrage of bad news makes it easy to forget that these are disparate symptoms of the same disease unleashed by the 2008 financial crisis. Back then, activists in Europe and the US pushed for a holistic cure...
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Journalists who fail to oppose Assange’s extradition to the US could be next on the hit list of a president who considers them the “enemy of the people.”(Photo: Reuters) Views
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
First They Came for Assange
My meetings with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange all took place in the same small room. As the intelligence services of a variety of countries know, I visited Assange in Ecuador’s London embassy many times between the fall of 2015 and December 2018. What these snoops do not know is the relief I...
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  Break in: communist-affiliated PAME union members force their way into the labour ministry in Athens during a 2018 protest. (Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki /AFP/Getty) Views
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Let’s Change Europe From the Ground Up
The 2008 global financial crisis — the modern 1929 crash — set off a vicious chain reaction across Europe. By 2010 it had irreparably damaged the foundations of the eurozone, causing the establishment to bend its own rules and commit crimes against logic in order to bail out its banker friends. By...
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"Trump takes a look at the trade flows with the rest of the G7 and comes to an inescapable conclusion: he cannot possibly lose a trade war." (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP) Views
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
If Trump Wants to Blow Up the World Order, Who Will Stop Him?
Donald Trump’s early departure, and his subsequent refusal to endorse the G7 communique, has thrown the mainstream press into an apoplexy reflecting a deeper incomprehension of our unfolding global reality. In a bid to mix toughness with humour, Emmanuel Macron had quipped that the G7 might become...
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Monday, January 23, 2017
We Need an Alternative to Trump's Nationalism. It Isn't the Status Quo
A clash of two insurgencies is now shaping the west. Progressives on both sides of the Atlantic are on the sidelines, unable to comprehend what they are observing. Donald Trump’s inauguration marks its pinnacle. One of the two insurgencies shaping our world today has been analysed ad nauseum...
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Sunday, July 31, 2016
Building a Progressive International
ATHENS – Politics in the advanced economies of the West is in the throes of a political shakeup unseen since the 1930s. The Great Deflation now gripping both sides of the Atlantic is reviving political forces that had lain dormant since the end of World War II. Passion is returning to politics, but...
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Saturday, March 05, 2016
A United, Democratized Europe Is Our Only Weapon Against A Dark Continent
Following the Berlin Launch of DiEM25 , eleven representatives of the GREENS (including two Members of the European Parliament) sent DiEM25 an Open Letter welcoming its 'birth' and urging us to unite in the fight for a Democratic, Sustainable, Humanist, Open Europe. Here is Yanis Varoufakis' reply...
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
A Message to a Pro-Austerity Bully from a Pro-Democracy "Apostate"
Italian PM M. Renzi (click here for his speech) recently rejoiced at having “got rid of me” – citing my ‘removal’ from the ‘scene’ as a sign that ‘apostates’ (i.e. those who divide their parties) are jettisoned. His is a motivated illusion. Last July ‘they’ ‘got rid’ of something much more...
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Monday, July 06, 2015
Europe’s Greek Moment
It took German Chancellor Angela Merkel two long years to visit President Obama. She eventually arrived at the White House this June. After considerable pomp and ceremony, the two leaders sat down at the Oval Office for two hours to discuss the most pressing world affairs. After the meeting, their...
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