Yanis Varoufakis


Born in Athens, 1961, Varoufakis read Mathematical Economics (Essex), Mathematical Statistics (Birmingham) and completed a PhD in Economics (Essex). His academic appointments included posts at the Universities of Essex, East Anglia, Cambridge, Glasgow, the Université Catholique de Louvain, Sydney, Athens and Texas at Austin.

Since the global and European crises began in 2008, Varoufakis has been an active participant in the debates occasioned by these events, with op-eds in Le Monde, Die Zeit, BBC Online, Handelsblatt, FAZ, The New York Times etc. Together with Stuart Holland and James Galbraith, he is the author of A Modest Proposal for Resolving the Euro Crisis, recently published in a number of European languages with a Preface by M. Michel Rocard, former Prime Minister of France.

His next book, to be published in 2015, is entitled:

Europe Unhinged: The Next Phase of the Global Crisis (NY: Nation Books)

Previous books include:

The Global Minotaur: America, Europe and the Future of the World Economy (Zed Books, 2013)

Economic Indeterminacy: A personal encounter with the economists’ peculiar nemesis (Routledge, 2013)


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After the election, what’s next for Greece?

Article | Jun 17, 2012

After the recent election brought a center-right coalition to power, what’s next in the Greek crisis? Are we finally in the clear? Not so fast, Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis says. Varoufakis explains the real outcome we can except after Greek voters’ “contradictory verdict,” where 55% voted for anti-bailout parties yet a pro-bailout government resulted due to the nature of Greece’s electoral system.

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Varoufakis: Star Trek or The Matrix?

Article | Apr 27, 2016

Capitalism will destroy itself, the former Greek finance minister warns, if economic calculation excludes human needs and ignores democratic verdicts

Greece and the Eurozone

Video | Apr 14, 2015

Yanis Varoufakis and Joseph Stiglitz discuss Greece’s financial challenges and the associated Eurozone politics in this exclusive conversation.

Liberté, Égalité, Fragilité

Event Plenary | Apr 8–11, 2015

The Institute for New Economic Thinking held its sixth Annual Conference from April 8 to April 11, 2015, in collaboration with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris.

The Future of Europe

Video | Apr 12, 2012