|Alma mater||University of Essex, University of Birmingham|
“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) 
Talking of Brexit
|Hitting the Brexit toe on the nail|
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.”
A Document by Yanis Varoufakis
|Title||Document type||Publication date||Subject(s)||Description|
|Document:First thoughts on the Euro Summit’s statement on Greece||article||14 July 2015||2015 Greek debt crisis||The 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
|Document:The Euro-Summit Agreement on Greece||official statement||2015 Greek debt crisis||12 July 2015||EU Bureaucracy||Text of the Euro-Greek agreement on Greek debt, annotated by Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek finance minister|