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Greek government’s market fundamentalism undermines Greece’s vaccination drive – BBC World Service

, 17/01/2022

As of today, unvaccinated older Greeks (60+) will forfeit 100 euros each month. Market fundamentalism is pushing the Mitsotakis government to adopt a measure that undermines its own vaccination drive. Yet another example of how the neoliberal mindset fails to understand that the principles of demand and supply do not work when it comes to […]

Hypatia: my choice of a great life to re-visit and celebrate – on BBC Radio 4’s Great Lives

, 27/09/2021

When I was still in primary school, I sought my mum’s help in countering a friend’s bigoted assertion that “women are useless”, which he had based on the fact that our teachers never mentioned a single woman mathematician or scientist. My mum’s reply came immediately: Hypatia! So, when the producers of BBC Radio 4’s Great […]

Remembering Mikis Theodorakis – BBC Radio 4, The World Tonight

, 03/09/2021

My first inkling that his music was significant was when my parents warned me – I must have been 6 or 7 yrs old – that merely whistling a Theodorakis tune was an arrestable offence – such was the fear that his music caused in the minds of our fascist rulers during the awful dictatorship […]

Discussing books by Atwood, Balchain & Reid with Harriet Gilbert & Patrick McGrath – On BBC Radio 4’s A GOOD READ

, 05/07/2021

In this episode of Radio 4’s THE GOOD READ, I found myself choosing Margaret Atwood’s treatise on debt (Payback: Debt & The Shadow Side of Wealth) for discussion with presenter Harriet Gilbert and author Patrick McGrath. In Payback, Atwood examines money lending throughout the ages and how it has been portrayed in classic literature. Meanwhile, […]

Discussing the Great Sausage War, Foreign Aid, Lockdowns & Taking the Knee on BBC-TV’s Question Time – 10 JUNE 2021

, 11/06/2021

Fiona Bruce presents an hour of topical debate with a virtual audience from around the UK. On the panel: Gillian Keegan MP, minister for apprenticeships and skills, Conservative; Lucy Powell MP, shadow secretary of state for housing, Labour; Yanis Varoufakis, economist, author, former finance minister of Greece, member of the Greek parliament and founder of […]

Why I oppose vaccination passports – On BBC World Service’s NEWSDAY

, 18/01/2021

Greece says there's a case for a Covid vaccine passport which would allow people to travel freely within the EU. But @yanisvaroufakis is concerned it could encourage governments – and businesses – to demand more of our personal informationhttps://t.co/WCHBTof5Ev — BBC World Service (@bbcworldservice) January 18, 2021 LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE

Invited by Ian McMillan, along with a poet and an archaeologist, to discuss ANOTHER NOW – On BBC Radio 3’s The Verb

, 28/11/2020

What might a zero-growth world mean for writers? The Verb offers this provocation to this week’s guests, and asks how poets in particular can adjust to a world economy that’s changing rapidly under long-down. Is there such a thing as a sustainable poem? Ian McMillan is joined by: Yanis Varoufakis, economist, author and member of […]

The capitalism alternative in ANOTHER NOW – BBC World Service Business Daily 17 NOV 2020

, 18/11/2020

With Covid rampaging and many economies on life-support, some say we need to look beyond capitalism. A blue-sky thinker, the outspoken former Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, gives his thoughts on a radical alternative to standard market economics, including making all employees shareholders in corporations. And Miatta Fahnbulleh, chief executive of the New Economics Foundation, […]

Παρεμβάσεις στο debate του BBC1 Question Time περί Πανδημίας, Λιτότητας, Στήριξης Τεχνών & Πολιτών, Τραμπ – 8 OKT 2020

, 13/10/2020

Η βδομαδιάτικη εκπομπή του BBC1 με τίτλο Question Time, είναι η πιο δημοφιλής πολιτική εκπομπή στη Βρετανία. Κάθε Πέμπτη βράδυ διασταυρώνουν τα ξίφη τους εκπρόσωποι των δύο μεγάλων κομμάτων μπροστά σε ζωνταντό κοινό. Στις 8 Οκτωβρίου συμμετείχα σε αυτό με τις ακόλουθες παρεμβάσεις: [Το πιο πάνω βίντεο αφορά μόνο τις δικές μου παρεμβάσεις, με ελληνικούς […]

Κορωνοϊός: Η οικονομική κρίση | Συζήτηση στο BBC μεταξύ του Γ. Βαρουφάκη, της S. Flanders (Bloomberg), της L.Yueh & της Veronique de Rugy (George Mason University)

, 27/03/2020

Κορωνοϊός: Η οικονομική κρίση – Πόσο άσχημη θα είναι και τι μπορεί να γίνει για να αμβλυνθεί; Συζητούν: Η Stephanie Flanders – επικεφαλής του Bloomberg Economics. Ο Γιάνης Βαρουφάκης – γραμματέας του ΜέΡΑ25 . Η Linda Yueh – οικονομολόγος και συγγραφέας του βιβλίου “The Great Economists”. Η Veronique de Rugy – ανώτερος ερευνητής στο Κέντρο […]

How deep will the Depression occasioned by Covid-19 be? Debate on BBC World Service’s THE REAL STORY

, 20/03/2020

Coronavirus: The economic crisis – Just how bad will the downturn be and can anything be done to soften the blow? Contributors Stephanie Flanders – head of Bloomberg Economics Yanis Varoufakis – Greek economist, politician, secretary-general of DiEM25 who also served as Greek finance minister during 2015Linda Yueh – economist and author of the book: ‘The Great Economists’ […]

Labour’s 2019 Manifesto: My assessment on BBC Radio 5, 21 NOV 2019

, 22/11/2019

As an economist, Labour’s 2019 Manifesto strikes me as a sensible, moderate and well-targeted program in view of Britain’s needs and capacities. Independently of what one thinks of Corbyn and McDonnell (Nb. my friendship and comradeship with both is well known), most people agree that: Exceptional investment in the green transition and technologies, possibly of a […]

Must we replace the dollar with a shared international currency unit? On the BBC World Service’s REAL STORY

, 06/09/2019

Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, recently said that we need a new international currency unit to replace the US dollar. In this BBC World Service program, I was asked what I thought of the idea. For more of a background to my answer click here. (For the whole BBC program, click here.)

The IMF functions like the US-European bankers’ bailiffs – Varoufakis and Rogoff on BBC World Service’s World Business Report

, 28/08/2019

The International Monetary Fund’s latest $56 billion loan to Argentina is at risk of failing again. The Argentinian peso has slumped and opposition leader Alberto Fernandez wants to ditch the austerity conditions attached to IMF bailouts that have so far failed to reduce inflation, stabilise the currency or halt recession. The Washington-based multilateral organisation monitors […]

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