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
Yanis Varoufakis and Paul Mason in conversation at Central Hall, Westminster, in front of a live audience, on Europe’s inherent democratic deficit and the urgent need to tackle it.
Until the Cambridge Union releases the youtube video of my address, here is an audio of my presentation on the theme: THE EURO CRISIS THROUGH THE LENS OF THE CAMBRIDGE TRADITION.
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In conversation with Aaron Bastani discussing everything from Nigel Farage and the rise of xenophobia in the Eurozone to the intricacies of Marxism and the future after capitalism.
ATHENS – Europe’s crisis is poised to enter its most dangerous phase. After forcing Greece to accept another “extend-and-pretend” bailout agreement, fresh battle lines are being drawn. And, with the refugee influx exposing the damage caused by divergent economic prospects and sky-high youth unemployment in Europe’s periphery, the ramifications are ominous, as recent statements by three European politicians – Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron, and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble – have made clear.
Renzi has come close to demolishing, at least rhetorically, the fiscal rules that Germany has defended for so long. In a remarkable act of defiance, he threatened that if the European Commission rejected Italy’s national budget, he would re-submit it without change.
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Barcelona Mayor met Wednesday with former Minister Greek Finance to discuss democracy in Europe. Τhe meeting was attended by First Deputy Mayor of Barcelona, Gerardo Pisarello and Varoufakis’ wife, artist Danae Stratou.
At Barcelona’s Born Cultural Centre. at the invitation of Mayor Ada Colau, ion conversation with Monica Terribas.
Live streaming here.
At the legendary Volksbühne Berlin theatre in discussion with Franco „Bifo“ Berardi, Srećko Horvat and Guillaume Paoli