Interview with The Economist – full transcript

Yanis Varoufakis

Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 19.37.15For The Economist’s site, where this interview with Jeremy Cliffe appeared. click here.

YANIS VAROUFAKIS is a Greek economist who served as finance minister in his country’s Syriza government from January to September last year. After this approved the third bailout package, which he described as a surrender, he declined to stand in fresh elections and set about founding DiEM25, an international “movement” committed to overhauling the European Union’s institutions and agenda. Recently he gave a wide-ranging interview to The Economist at his flat in Athens. This concentrated primarily on the poor state of social democratic parties across the continent (the subject of a briefing in this week’s issue) but also ranged across events in Greece last year, DiEM25 and politics in Spain, Germany and Britain, where it was recently revealed that he is advising Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party leader.

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