Our movement to democratise Europe & developments in Latin America and China – Interview with Brazil’s GLOBO TV

Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 05.37.59Recently I was interviewed by Brazil’s Globo TV. The extensive interview covered a large number of issues – from the European crisis and our fledgling movement to democratise the European Union (to be launched on 9th February in Berlin – WATCH THIS SPACE!), to the Middle East, the global economy, Brazil, the rest of Latin America and its economic reliance on a slowing China. The English language transcript follows: Continue reading

Back-to-back speeches by Yanis Varoufakis & John McDonnell (audio)

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This audio was recorded (apologies for the iffy quality) at the PCS fringe meeting at this year’s TUC Conference in Brighton – Saturday 12th September 2015. A few hours later it was announced that John McDonnell was selected, by Jeremy Corbin, as Shadow Chancellor

HOW EUROPE CRUSHED GREECE – Yanis Varoufakis’ op-ed in the NYT

ATHENS — Since the beginning of Greece’s financial crisis in 2010, two prime ministers have been swept from office after they were forced to adopt an unfeasible package of austerity measures in exchange for a bailout from the troika, as the eurozone authorities — the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund — are known. It pains me to watch the same fate befall a third prime minister, my friend and comrade Alexis Tsipras. (To read the rest of the article click here)

Why a NO vote in the Referendum is a Yes for a proud Greece in a Decent Europe – Talking with Phillip Adams, on LNL ABC Radio National

Late Night Live has been a daily companion of mine since 1989. Phillip Adams, its presenter, is someone I consider a friend (he, in fact, interviewed me in 1991 on the… Greek crisis!). In this (yesterday’s) program he added a touch at the very end of the interview that made me (almost) to break down. Thanks Phillip.

Presenting an agenda for Europe at AMBROSETTI (Lake Como, 14th March 2015)

Dear All, Ministerial duties have impeded my blogging of late. I am now breaking the silence since I have just given a talk that combines my previous work with my current endeavours. Here is the text of the talk I gave this morning at the Ambrosetti Conference on the theme of ‘An Agenda for Europe’. Long time readers will recognise the main theme – evidence of a certain continuity… Continue reading

Summer stupour’s end. Posts recommencing…

This was the longest break I have taken since this blog began life. Two and a half books were written, during that time, plus a great deal of swimming in translucent waters, like those depicted in the adjacent photo, was done. Polyaigos Blue

With Europe continuing to experience its existentialist crisis, and the world at large more troubled than ever, it is now time to leave Nature’s wonders behind and return to our societies’ troubled waters. 

In the next posts I shall ‘visit’ Australia’s latest Austerian Turn, before heading for Finland – where my Global Minotaur was just published (in fluent Finnish) and where I am to deliver a keynote this coming Monday on the state of Europe. 

Photo: Polyaigos Blue (Please note that the blue-ness depicted is not photoshopped or enhanced in any way. This is what it looks like, on the south west corner of the barren island of Polyaigos, close to the island of Melos.)

The Serpent’s Greek Lair

Golden Dawn. The journal that grew into a party. Source: unknown photograher. All rights reserved.In this, the fourth article that vitalspace.org and I have contributed to the Witte de With Review (an initiative of Rotterdam-based Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art), I offer a short history of Golden Dawn, the Greek Nazi party. As with all my articles in WdW Review, the ‘take’ is always personal, intimate almost. In this piece on Golden Dawn, I begin with an encounter with an old, poor Peloponnesean farmer, some time in the 1990s, whose life revealed much about Greece’s Dark Side.
Click here for The Serpent’s Greek Lair, as it appears on the WdW Review site.

Site re-design now complete. Welcome to my ‘new’ site

Six weeks of hard labour. That was the ‘cost’ of re-configuring my site in a manner that makes it possible for readers to gain easy access to archived material. As these posts span the whole of the Euro and Global Economic/Financial Crisis since 2010, and thus read a little like a Crisis Diary, I thought they might be of use to you in their new format. A new look was also developed to mark the re-framed content. Please note that the main header will feature a new photograph by Danae Stratou every fortnight (in a bid to ‘capitalise’ the privilege of being married to an artist of some renown).

Do enjoy! And do send me feedback on the new site.

Under re-construction

Just a quick warning, to loyal readers, that I am in the process of re-constructring the site. Over the next few days you may find new headings without the proper links and other such signs of digital chaos. By the end of the week, the ‘new’ version of the site should be complete. 

Thank you for your patience!