THE WORLD Weekly – interview

Screen Shot 2015-11-21 at 00.08.04
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”.
Continue reading

Bittere Bilanz (Bitter Balance) – Interview with Funkhaus Europa (WDR)

Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 11.21.01

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

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

Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 23.37.39

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? 

Continue reading

Transparency Everywhere! My fees and the troika’s latest vilification drive

Since my resignation from the finance ministry, in protest at our government’s capitulation to the troika, I have been spending my time and energy to transfer the spirit of the Athens Spring to the heart of Europe – to promote the urgent need to shine the light of transparency on Europe’s decision making as a prerequisite to tackling Europe’s gargantuan democratic deficit.

In practice, this meant endless travel, and more than twenty appearances in different European cities over the space of a couple of months. As expected, the same troika-friendly media that attempted to vilify the Athens Spring during our tug-of-war with the troika also invested effort in vilifying my latest endeavours. After all, nothing upsets the powers-that-be in Brussels, Frankfurt, etc. more than the exposure of their deep contempt for democratic principles and practice.

Beginning with some Greek media outlets which have an impecable record of defamation (e.g. a grubby newspaper that ‘reported’, during my ministry, that I was conspiring with a Singaporean company to make Bitcoin Greece’s currency), a fresh campaign of vilification has begun the purpose of which is to portray my recent efforts, and travels, as part of a self-enrichment drive. Continue reading