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.

JOIN US! SATURDAY 28TH JANUARY 2017, 10.00am at CONWAY HALL

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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!

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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]

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

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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

DiEM25’s internal Brexit Process Referendum is on – analysis & open call

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Democracy starts at home! So, at DiEM25 we decide on the movement’s important policy positions by means of an internal vote/referendum that follows a free and frank internal exchange. Below you will find the four options that our members are currently voting for (there will be a runoff vote if none of them secure 50% of the votes plus 1). You will also find a briefing on the state-of-play with the Brexit process (or is it shambles?).

  • Click here a pdf copy of post-Brexit analysis/briefing
  • If you want to see other points of view expressed by DiEM25 members and join the debate at the Post-Brexit DiEM25 Forum, you will need to become a member first (click here, then click ‘Participate’ and ‘Join In’) and then proceed to the Forum.
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BRUSSEL’s APPEAL FOR LESS AUSTERITY: An irrelevant proposal by an irrelevant Commission

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So, the European Commission, at last, concluded that the eurozone’s fiscal stance is too austerian. “Better late than never”, some will say. Alas, this is too optimistic a take. The reason? The Commission is irrelevant and it knows it. Decisions of fiscal policy are now taken in the eurogroup where Commissioner Moscovici has next to no gravitas. Moreover, the Commission seems to know this, putting forward a proposal that it knows will be ignored. Continue reading

New Statesman interview: The Left’s duty after Trump’s awful victory

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I had no doubt Donald Trump would win, just like I had no doubt Brexit would happen, so maybe I’m not as shell-shocked as you,” says Yanis Varoufakis. The former Greek finance minister is speaking to me several days after the Republican candidate’s historic victory. He doesn’t sound smug about being so prescient, more resigned, deflated, defeated. The left has been here before. Continue reading