About yanisv

Professor of Economics at the University of Athens

Brian Eno’s message for this Saturday’s Conway Hall DiEM25 UK launch meeting. Join us!

Screen Shot 2017-01-24 at 13.59.47.pngThis Saturday (28/1, 10am), Conway Hall, London, Brian Eno, myself and others will launch DiEM25 UK.

Join us in a three hour event to discuss taking our countries back on the basis of a progressive agenda. Here is a teaser of what Brian wants to talk about.


by Brian Eno

The consensus among most of my friends seems to be that 2016 was a terrible year, and the beginning of a long decline into something we don’t even want to imagine. Continue reading

A New Deal to Save Europe – Project Syndicate op-ed

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LONDON – “I don’t care about what it will cost. We took our country back!” This is the proud message heard throughout England since the Brexit referendum last June. And it is a demand that is resonating across the continent. Until recently, any proposal to “save” Europe was regarded sympathetically, albeit with skepticism about its feasibility. Today, the skepticism is about whether Europe is worth saving. [To continue reading click here.]

Join DiEM25’s UK launch this coming Saturday, 28/1, Conway Hall London

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Introductory speeches by Brian Eno, Yanis Varoufakis, Elif Shafak, Srecko Horvat & Agnieszka Wiśniewska. To be followed by a two hour interactive meeting for the purposes of establishing DiEM25 UK as a movement in every British city and town. Our purpose? To harness the discontent that surfaced during 2016 in order to make 2017 the year when progressive politics returns to Britain.


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Congratulations Benoit Hamon!

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On 9th January 2017 I had the pleasure of linking up with Benoit Hamon in Paris, to discuss with him DiEM25’s Progressive Agenda for Europe and, in particular, our policy of constructive disobedience.  See below for a report of that meeting. It is with great pleasure that I heard the news that Benoit has just won the first round of the Socialist Primaries. Congratulations Benoit!

The following is a re-post from DiEM25’s site – click here – … Continue reading

Lunch with The Globe and Mail, in discussion with Eric Reguly

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by Eric Reguly for The Globe and Mail

Having lost the old fight over Greece’s financial future, Mr. Varoufakis is focused on a different cause: preserving the European Union

Click here for The Globe and Mail site and here for a pdf of the article. Alternatively…

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Brexit: An unorthodox view – a Guardian Live event, 27th January 2017

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A troubled Britain is on its way out of a troubled European Union. Disintegration and xenophobia are in the air. The government in London is in disarray. But so is every other government in Europe, not to mention the European Commission whose authority is tending increasingly towards zero.

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Greece’s perpetual crisis will not end via one-off handouts. It will end only when Athens ends the perpetual lie.

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ATHENS – Since the summer of 2015, Greece has (mostly) dropped out of the news, but not because its economic condition has stabilized. A prison is not newsworthy as long as the inmates suffer quietly. It is only when they stage a rebellion, and the authorities crack down, that the satellite trucks appear. [To read on click here]

Becoming popular by opposing populism: A progressive’s task – The Guardian

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A few days ago I received an email from the Guardian: “We’re putting a panel together of writers and thinkers following the announcement that Jeremy Corbyn is planning to relaunch his image and policies as a leftwing populist. We are asking for 300 words in response to the question, “What should Corbyn’s leftwing populism look like?”. Here is the response that I, and others, provided:

Yanis Varoufakis: It’s not whether Corbyn can be populist – it’s whether he can become popular

Yanis Varoufakis.

The Sun and William Shakespeare are both popular but only one of the two is populist. Jeremy Corbyn cannot be made over into a populist any more than the bard could. The question is whether he can become popular. If some form of makeover is necessary, fair enough. But it is pure mischief to portray this as a slide toward populism.

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Democratising Europe – interviewed by James Lock for NOW THEN magazine

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In recent years we have seen far more of the workings behind the curtain of neoliberalism than we ever have before. This is in part, I believe, due to the work of Yanis Varoufakis. A Greek economist educated in Britain, Varoufakis first made headlines for his integral role as Finance Minister for the Syriza government of Greece between January and September 2015. Continue reading

Athens book launch of the Greek translation of ‘And the weak suffer what we must?’ Monday 12/12, 19.00


The book will be launched at 19.00 on 12th December 2016 at Parnassos Hall, Plateia Karitsi 8. Speakers include Nicholas Theocarakis (University of Athens), Thanos Mikroutsikos (Composer) and Kostas Vaxevanis (Journalist and publisher). Video messages by Noam Chomsky, James K. Galbraith, Jeff Sachs and Slavoj Zizek.

(Please note that this event will be conducted in Greek)

Reflections on the nature & causes of global financial uncertainty – Amsterdam 4th DEC 2016

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On 4th December 2016 I delivered the keynote at the RiskMinds International risk management conference in Amsterdam. A summary of my talk, compiled by the organisers, follows. Continue reading

Trump, the Dragon, and the Minotaur – Project Syndicate op-ed


Screen Shot 2016-01-28 at 16.54.28Screen Shot 2016-11-28 at 18.31.37.pngATHENS – If Donald Trump understands anything, it is the value of bankruptcy and financial recycling. He knows all about success via strategic defaults, followed by massive debt write-offs and the creation of assets from liabilities. But does he grasp the profound difference between a developer’s debt and the debt of a large economy? And does he understand that China’s private debt bubble is a powder keg under the global economy? Much hinges on whether he does… [To read on click here]