Thoughts for a Post-2008 World: A Conversation with Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek Finance Minister
May 08, 2018


In the News

Yanis Varoufakis: How I Became an Erratic MarxistThe Guardian

Yanis Varoufakis, the Bad-Boy Former Finance Minister, Is BackThe Atlantic

A Modern Greek TragedyThe New York Review of Books

Yanis Varoufakis: "Greece is a Debtors Prison,The Guardian

The Eurozone Debt Crisis was the world’s greatest threat in 2011. The crisis highlighted the economic interdependence of the EU, while also underscoring the lack of political integration necessary to provide a coordinated fiscal and monetary response.

Beginning in 2010, the EU and IMF began providing bailouts for crisis-ridden economies, such as Greece. But the demands from wealthier states that bailout loans be conditioned on strict austerity measures were unpopular with the public, and led to popularity among anti-austerity political movements like the leftist Syriza party in Greece. The party won a resounding victory in the January 2015 election.

Then Minister of Finance, Yanis Varoufakis, championed an unprecedented move during his six month tenure—engineer an orderly bankruptcy for Greece within the euro, with the country’s debts significantly reduced and austerity scaled back, or leave the euro-zone and go the “sovereign-debt-crisis route.”

Despite Varoufakis’ efforts, then Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras submitted to the imposed austerity measures despite Greeks voting in a referendum to reject the 2015 bailout from the European troika.

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia to hear Yanis Varoufakis recount his time in office from his memoir, Adults in the Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment.

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About the Speaker:
Yanis VaroufakisYanis Varoufakis is former finance minister of Greece and cofounder of an international grassroots movement, DiEM25, that is campaigning for the revival of democracy in Europe. He is the author of And the Weak Suffer What They Must? and The Global Minotaur. After teaching for many years in the United States, Great Britain, and Australia, he is currently a professor of economics at the University of Athens.


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