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Is the world safer than it was in 2008? Ten Guardian writers think not

, 17/09/2018

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 contracted (as US authorities required Barclays, Deutsche […]

Our Progressive International movement will fight, at once, two authoritarianisms: The National International and the Financialised Globalists who paved the ground for them – Yanis Varoufakis & Bernie Sanders in THE GUARDIAN (13th September 2018)

, 14/09/2018

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 rightwing – a Nationalist International – that sprang out of the cesspool of financialised capitalism. […]

If Trump wants to blow up the world order, who will stop him? op-ed in The Guardian

, 19/07/2018

Even before Donald Trump drove to tears of dismay NATO’s leaders, Theresa May, the EU’s officialdom and Washington’s own ‘intelligence community’, the writing was on the wall: Trump is methodically dismantling a world order that he no longer believes to be in the interests of the United States’ ruling class. Mon 11 Jun 2018 16.23 BST Donald Trump’s early […]

With his choice of prime minister, Italy’s president has gifted the far right – THE GUARDIAN

, 01/06/2018

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. While it is true that Italy is in serious need […]

Marx predicted our present crisis; and points the way out – The Guardian, LONG READ, 20 APR 2018, print and audio versions

, 15/05/2018

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 which our current reality is pregnant. […]

Our new European party can unite Britain’s feuding Remainers and Leavers – by Yanis Varoufakis, Benoit Hamon (Generation-s), Luigi de Magistris (mayor of Naples), Rasmus Nordqvist (Alternativet); Rui Tavares, former MEP from Portugal (Livre); & Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk (Razem), op-ed in The Guardian

, 15/04/2018

The European Union and the UK are on a cliff edge. Left to its Brussels-based establishment, the EU continues to turn against most of its people who, as a consequence, turn against Brussels. Meanwhile, facing an immensely damaging Brexit, the people of Britain are becoming despondent. This is the moment for British and continental progressives to forge […]

The Guardian previews my Annual Shakespeare Lecture, tonight (19 March 2018) at the Rose Theatre

, 19/03/2018

Mark Lawson, in today’s Guardian, previews my Annual Shakespeare Rose Lecture, ahead of tonight’s delivery. He begins with its title ‘Shake the Superflux’ and the statement: ‘The beauty of King Lear is that it encourages us to think about inequality’. Is Theresa May Macbeth? Might King Lear agree with Jeremy Corbyn? On Monday night, one of Europe’s leading […]

Trump and trade tariffs: big lies founded on small truths – The Guardian, 18 MAR 2018

, 18/03/2018

Donald Trump is perhaps the US president best equipped to understand that some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall. His personal business plan always involved racking up enormous deficits and debts, before finding a way to unload them on to others – his employees and creditors mostly. Last week the US president imposed tariffs […]

Long, personal interview with William Leith in The Guardian on ‘Talking to my Daughter About the Economy’

, 03/11/2017

Yanis Varoufakis is telling me about the birth of his daughter, Xenia. “What I felt was an immense weight of responsibility,” he says. “Absolutely blind love and the sense of focusing on one individual.” But the experience didn’t make him feel like a different person. “It didn’t change my internal constitution or the way I looked […]

Συνέντευξη στην Guardian (μεταφρασμένη στα ελληνικά) επί τη ευκαιρία της αγγλικής έκδοσης του “Μιλώντας στην κόρη μου για την οικονομία”

, 31/10/2017

To νέο σας βιβλίο που εξηγεί την ιστορία και τις αδικίες του καπιταλισμού, απευθύνεται στην 13χρονη κόρη σας, την Ξένια. Ποια ήταν η γνώμη της; Η κόρη μου είναι ο πιο σκληρός κριτής μου, οπότε, ακόμα κι αν της αρέσει κάτι, είναι πολύ φειδωλή στις φιλοφρονήσεις. Υπό αυτή την έννοια, χάρηκα με τα ενθαρρυντικά της […]

‘Talking to my daughter about the economy’ – Book review in The Guardian by Anna Minton

, 28/10/2017

Not many authors write a book in nine days, and fewer still are likely to announce it in the prologue. Yanis Varoufakis has no qualms about doing so in this brief history of capitalism, structured around the device of talking to his daughter, Xenia, not long a teenager. It was first published a few years ago, when she […]

‘I would like to live in a world where we’re all privileged’ – Interviewed by The Guardian, on the occasion of the publication of ‘Talking to My Daughter About the Economy’

, 16/10/2017

The economist Yanis Varoufakis was the finance minister in Greece for six tumultuous months in 2015, before resigning from the Syriza government. Last year he launched the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25). He is also the author of several books. His latest is Talking to My Daughter About the Economy. Your new book, explaining the history […]

Απάντηση στον κ. Τσίπρα στην δήλωσή του για την επιλογή μου ως Υπ.Οικ. – επιστολή στον Guardian, 24η Ιουλίου 2017

, 24/07/2017

Επιστολή μου στον Guardian σε απάντηση της δήλωσης του Αλέξη Τσίπρα ότι ήμουν η σωστή επιλογή αλλά, παράλληλα, ότι το σχέδιο μου ήταν απορριπτέο 24η Ιουλίου 2017 Σε συνέντευξη του στον Guardian, ο έλληνας πρωθυπουργός, Αλέξης Τσίπρας, έχοντας παραδεχθεί ότι έκανε «μεγάλα λάθη», ρωτήθηκε αν το να με διορίσει πρώτο του Υπουργό Οικονομικών ήταν ένα […]

Mr Tsipras’ insightful incoherence – my reply in The Guardian, 24th July 20176

, 24/07/2017

In a Guardian interview (24 July), the Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, having admitted to “big mistakes”, was asked if appointing me as his first finance minister was one of them. According to the interviewer, Mr Tsipras said “Varoufakis … was the right choice for an initial strategy of ‘collision politics’, but he dismisses the […]

John Kampfner’s review of Adults in the Room – The Observer

, 15/05/2017

Maybe Barack Obama isn’t such a saint after all. Before welcoming Greece’s embattled finance minister to the Oval Office, the then president told his Greek-American audience: “I might as well walk up to him and ask to borrow some money.” The presidential joke fell flat. Greece had become the object of mirth and bullying by […]

Paul Mason’s review of Adults in the Room in The Guardian

, 03/05/2017

Yanis Varoufakis once bought me a gin and tonic. His wife once gave me a cup of tea. While dodging my questions, as finance ministers are obliged to, he never once told me an outright lie. And I’ve hosted him at two all-ticketed events. I list these transactions because of what I am about to […]

The six Brexit traps that will defeat Theresa May – Guardian op-ed 3 May 2017

, 03/05/2017

“It’s yours against mine.” That’s how Wolfgang Schäuble, Germany’s finance minister, put it to me during our first encounter in early 2015 – referring to our respective democratic mandates. A little more than two years later, Theresa May is trying to arm herself with a clear democratic mandate ostensibly to bolster her negotiating position with European powerbrokers – […]

How does the triggering of article 50 look from Europe? Op-ed, The Guardian

, 02/04/2017

How do I feel now that article 50 has been triggered? I feel sad that so many good people in Britain will feel so disappointed when they realise that Brexit has not helped them “take back their country”. I feel alarmed that, driven by Brexit, EU leaders chose its 60th anniversary, last Saturday, to embrace […]

We need an alternative to Trump’s nationalism. It isn’t the status quo – The Guardian, op-ed

, 22/01/2017

The answer to neoliberalism’s Waterloo cannot be the retreat to a barricaded nation-state and the pitting of ‘our’ people against ‘others’ fenced off by tall walls Click here for The Guardian – or…

Brexit won’t shield Britain from the horror of a disintegrating EU

, 25/06/2016

Bringing democrats together across borders is needed now to prevent a slide into a xenophobic, 1930s-like abyss Click here for The Guardian site or… Yanis Varoufakis

Are we heading for a crash? The Guardian

, 29/01/2016

Click here for The Guardian site or if you want to read the longer version of my entry…

Tsipras' triumph vs the impossible task of implementing a program designed to fail – in The Guardian

, 22/09/2015

Alexis Tsipras has snatched resounding victory from the jaws of July’s humiliating surrender to the troika of Greece’s lenders. Defying opposition parties, opinion pollsters and critics within his ranks (including this writer), he held on to government with a reduced, albeit workable, majority. The question is whether he can combine remaining in office with being […]

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