Yanis Varoufakis

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Athens, Greece
Alma materUniversity of Essex, University of Birmingham

Main.png Greece/Minister of Finance Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
27 January 2015 - 6 July 2015
Preceded byGikas A. Hardouvelis

Employment.png Member of the Hellenic Parliament for Athens B

In office
25 January 2015 - Present

Employment.png Member of the Hellenic Parliament

In office
25 January 2015 - 20 September 2015

Yanis Varoufakis is a Greek economist.

“The problem with capitalism is not that it is unfair but that it is irrational, as it habitually condemns whole generations to deprivation and unemployment and even turns capitalists into angst-ridden automata, living in permanent fear that unless they commodify their fellow humans fully so as to serve capital accumulation more efficiently, they will cease to be capitalists. So, if capitalism appears unjust this is because it enslaves everyone; it wastes human and natural resources; the same production line that pumps out remarkable gizmos and untold wealth, also produces deep unhappiness and crises.”
Yanis Varoufakis (18 February 2015)  [1]

Talking of Brexit

Hitting the Brexit toe on the nail

On 28 March 2019, economist Yanis Varoufakis was scathing about Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal:

Addressing a young man named Joel, in the 'Question Time' Sheffield audience, who posed the first question on the programme:

"Who is to blame for the UK’s failure to leave the EU on 29 March?" he said:

“Joel, the answer is really very simple - Theresa May.

"Look first, she triggers Article 50 on the basis of red lines that boxed her into impossibility.

“Secondly, and that is a crime against logic, she failed to recognise that Michel Barnier, when he announced the two-phase process, was issuing a declaration of hostility against the Government. May never even saw this coming.

“If I come to you and say let’s have a negotiation between us. And I say, first, you tell me everything you want. And then, secondly we will tell you everything we want.

"Clearly, you will say ‘No mate. I’m not going to have a negotiation with you along those lines.’

“Theresa May started that negotiation, and the result was effectively a deal - I disagree with my fellow panellists here - whether you are a Brexiteer or a Remainer, this is a deal a nation signs only after having been defeated at war.

“This is not a deal which is fit for purpose for any sovereign country.”[2]

24 March 1961| 

A Document by Yanis Varoufakis

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:First thoughts on the Euro Summit’s statement on Greecearticle14 July 20152015 Greek debt crisisThe initial reaction of former Greek Syriza Party Finance Minister, Yanis Varaoufakis, to the Euro-Summit agreement on Greek debt


A document sourced from Yanis Varoufakis

TitleTypeSubject(s)Publication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:The Euro-Summit Agreement on Greeceofficial statement2015 Greek debt crisis12 July 2015EU BureaucracyText of the Euro-Greek agreement on Greek debt, annotated by Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek finance minister