THE WORLD Weekly – interview

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Since stepping down as Greece’s finance minister in the leftist Syriza government, Yanis Varoufakis has been touring the world with his words, giving speeches to packed-out audiences. He spends much of the year with his wife Danae Stratou on Aegina, an island near Athens. From there, the couple can no doubt see that his work is a long way from being realised. Greece is still ensnared by crisis. But his main political focus now is ‘agitating’ for a “democratic European Union”.
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Bittere Bilanz (Bitter Balance) – Interview with Funkhaus Europa (WDR)

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Interview mit Yanis VaroufakisBittere Bilanz

Von Miltiadis Oulios

Kein Grieche hat in diesem Jahr die Gemüter in Deutschland so erregt wie Yanis Varoufakis. Die einen bewundern ihn, die anderen regen sich über ihn auf. Als griechischer Finanzminister ist Varoufakis zurückgetreten. Aber als Buchautor und Vortragsredner ist der Ökonomie-Professor weiterhin unterwegs – auch in Deutschland. Im Gespräch mit Funkhaus-Europa-Moderator Miltiadis Oulios zieht er eine bittere Bilanz seiner Zeit in der griechischen Regierung.

In conversation with Martin Wolf, FT Banking Conference, 3rd November 2015

YV and Martin Wolf 3 OCT 2015

In this 30 minute conversation with Martin Wolf, the FT’s Chief Economics Commentator), we discussed the on-going Eurozone crisis, what policies might end it, and the political impediments to their implementation. A detailed list of Martin’s questions follows. For readers without the time or interest to listen to the full podcast can jump to the denoted minute/second: Continue reading

Judge for yourself: The speech with which I ‘antagonised’ the Eurogroup

One after the other, officials who took part in bringing Greece’s elected government to its knees last July are now coming out of the woodwork with claims that the reason for the six month stalemate between Athens and the Eurogroup in the first half of 2015 was… me. One finance minister recently claimed that upon hearing my statement in the first Eurogroup I attended (11th February 2015) he could sense Greece was heading “straight to the rocks”. Others have castigated the same intervention as inflammatory, antagonistic toward my colleagues, evidence that I was not serious about negotiating, plus a number of other epithets that propriety prevents me from reproducing here. Continue reading

Europe Is Our Home, We Need to Fix It – in Handelsblatt, 30 OCT 2015

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YV Handessblatt 30 OCT 2015Yanis Varoufakis was appointed as Greek finance minister after the far-left Syriza party came to power inJanuary. The academic resigned in July after it became clear Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was going to askfor a third bailout, despite winning a referendum that rejected E.U. imposed austerity.

Handelsblatt sat down with Mr. Varoufakis this week to discuss his dramatic year at the epicenter of European politics.

The man who rocked the boat. Source: DPA

Handelsblatt: Mr. Varoufakis, at the time you were minister of finance, Greece was not very successful in getting creditors to accept their demands or suggestions. Some people fear, othershope, that the refugee crisis has improved the negotiating power of Greece and other countriesvis-à-vis Germany? 

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