It is no surprise that Yanis Varoufakis, the former finance minister of Greece, turns up to our interview without a tie. The 56-year-old famously arrived at Downing Street in 2015 for a meeting with the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, with his shirt untucked.
More surprising is that the left-wing economist, who led negotiations with creditors during the 2015 Greek government-debt crisis, is wearing a suit jacket.
The jacket is not for me, however. I meet Varoufakis almost immediately after he gives a speech to a room packed full of more than 500 people – a room not only made up almost exclusively of investment managers and bankers but
one housed within Berlin’s prestigious InterContinental Hotel, in a country where Varoufakis had become an arch enemy of the taxpayer for his role in the Greek bailouts…