Box4_ENG English Interviews Newspapers Politics and Economics Talking to my daughter about the economy: A brief history of capitalism The Guardian Vital Space

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

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 […]

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Q&A with Esquire Magazine plus a warning for Trump, 2nd November 2017

“It is something that people find hard to fathom, but in 1980, Greece had the lowest level of debt in Europe. We were save, save, save, like the Chinese are today. Financialization, which is a global phenomenon, hit Greece around then. Suddenly, this culture of parsimony evaporated.” AS TOLD TO ASH CARTER, NOV 2, 2017  Yanis Varoufakis, former […]

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POINT DE VUE. Le bon chemin du Grec Yanis Varoufakis

Entre adultes, les conversations prennent parfois un tour « très sérieux » à ne pas mettre dans toutes les oreilles… Aussi, quand l’ancien ministre des Finances, en Grèce, nous invite à de nouvelles conversations, nous nous demandons ce qu’il va nous dire de si osé. Son livre (1) le dit simplement : l’Union européenne et la zone […]

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Doug Henwood’s review of ‘Adults in the Room’ (Baffler) & a radio discussion between us

Doug Henwood’s long review of my Adults in the Room follows. Plus a radio interview with Doug for BEHIND THE NEWS. FINANCE MINISTERS RARELY BECOME CELEBRITIES. Sure, there was a moment in the 1990s when Bill Clinton’s treasury secretary Robert Rubin came close. But that was because so many people thought they were getting rich off the […]

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Liberation: «En Europe, les chiffres prospèrent, les gens désespèrent»

L’ancien ministre des Finances de Tsípras, qui a lutté bec et ongles contre l’austérité et vient de publier un livre au vitriol, dénonce les «mensonges» de la crise grecque. Et regarde d’un œil plus que sceptique la politique de Macron. Il l’avait promis, il a osé le faire : peu après sa démission du poste de ministre […]

English Interviews Talking to my daughter about the economy: A brief history of capitalism The New Statesman

Q&A in the New Statesman, on the occasion on the publication of ‘Talking to My Daughter About the Economy’

Yanis Varoufakis Q&A: “My despondencies have become a source of energy” The economist talks “Stairway to Heaven”, game theory, and how to make good predictions. What’s your earliest memory? The first time I flew in a passenger plane. I must have been about four and I was very impressed and very scared by it. Who […]

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On China as a patient investor – Project Syndicate Video

With President Xi Jinping’s signature ‘Belt and Road’ initiative gaining momentum, more countries will be negotiating with China for inward investment in infrastructure. Yanis Varoufakis, the former Greek Finance Minister, says that his own experience was highly encouraging. Greece and China, two ancient civilizations, two countries whose peoples have had a long experience and quite […]

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Interview for VOX with Sean Illing, occasioned by ‘Adults in the Room’

“The alternative is a gigantic dystopia, because the way we are moving today is creating nothing but hopelessness and despair and a shrinking middle class.” Those aren’t the words of Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders. They’re from someone who watched his nation get hammered first by a financial crisis not solely of its own making […]

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Did the Greek crisis contribute to Brexit & Trump? Interviewed at Radio WhoWhatWhy

After the world financial crisis of 2007/2008, Greece became the world’s Lehman Brothers. In 2010, France, Germany and all other major European economic forces tried to impose loans upon Greece that it could never pay back and, some Greeks claim, were really a way to bail out French and German banks. According to former Greek […]

English Politics and Economics Talking to my daughter about the economy: A brief history of capitalism Talks The Independent University

Capitalism is making itself obsolete – The Independent (reporting on a talk at UCL)

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has claimed capitalism is coming to an end because it is making itself obsolete. The former economics professor told an audience at University College London that the rise of giant technology corporations and artificial intelligence will cause the current economic system to undermine itself. Mr Varoufakis, who took on EU institutions over Greek debt […]