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Greek statistics are back: Primary deficit presented as surplus, with Eurostat’s seal of approval NEW
Yanis Varoufakis 16 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
Have you heard the one about Greece’s Eurostat-approved 2013 primary surplus? Well, you should not believe it. Here is why: Eurostat has just approved the Greek statistical service’s (ELSTAT) figures on the general government’s prim...
Easter wishes to all NEW
Yanis Varoufakis 4 Days, 6 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
Who said that Easter has no significance in our cynical age, even to atheists like myself? Suffering, the sacrifice of the innocents, persecution of prophets of truth – it is all going on with a vengeance. On this note, Happy … Continue...
More on the Grand Greek De-coupling – Interviewed on RT tv NEW
Yanis Varoufakis 1 Week, 1 Day, 18 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
Interviewed on RT’s Boom-Bust show on themes already covered in posts here and here.Filed under: European Crisis, Greek Crisis, Politics and Economics...
Inequality: Should we care? A debate between Y. Brook (Ayn Rand Institute) and J. Galbraith (UT); 17th April at UT Austin NEW
Yanis Varoufakis 1 Week, 1 Day, 18 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
When: Thursday April 17, 7.00pm Where: Room Burdine Hall (BUR 106) ((Park at the 27th Street Garage, TSG)   Witness a dramatic battle of ideas between two internationally known speakers over the question of whether or not we shoul...
Greece’s Grand Decoupling, the Nuclear Option and an Alternative Strategy: A comment on Münchau NEW
Yanis Varoufakis 1 Week, 3 Days, 5 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
In his latest Financial Times column Wolfgang Münchau concurs with much of what I have written here (on the Greek social economy’s deep coma) and here (on the reasons why investors are piling in) but goes on to suggest that...
The Grand Greek Paradox: Bankrupt but embraced by the money markets – On the BBC World Service NEW
Yanis Varoufakis 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 3 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
(listen to the first story; first 15′) Greece is about to issue 5 year bonds again. Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt and Athens are celebrating Greece’s recovery.  For my part, I think (and tell the BBC World Service) that this is a...
Vicious Disequilibrium, in the Los Angeles Review of Books  NEW
Yanis Varoufakis 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 17 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
This is a piece commissioned by the Los Angeles Review of Books on the pressing question of whether the world economy is back in equilibrium after the Crash of 2008. It first saw the light of day, in draft form, … Continue reading →...
Das Kapital for the Twenty-First Century? A review of T. Piketty’s new book by James K. Galbraith NEW
Yanis Varoufakis 3 Weeks, 6 Hours ago
Thomas Piketty has a new book out: Capital in the Twenty-First Century. It is an ambitious volume that sets out to explain the sources of inequality and social tensions in the context of his own anatomy of… Das Kapital. As...
Europe’s latest policy on Irish and Greek banking losses: A tale of two swindles too similar for comfort NEW
Yanis Varoufakis 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 4 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
The Irish and the Greeks are, in many ways, very different people. And yet, caught up in the Euro Crisis, our fortunes have become too close for comfort. Recently, European authorities have devised a creative new method for damaging the people &...
Reaching For Our Revolvers: How a United Europe defused its culture and divided its people NEW
Yanis Varoufakis 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 8 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
This is an article that will appear, in some form, in a future edition of Brooklyn Rail, a NYC-based art magazine. My brief was to write a piece on the effects of European unification on European culture. Here it is…  … Continue re...
AUSTERITY – a televised debate (by the Institute of World Affairs) on its logic and discontents featuring J.K. Galbraith, Jeff Sommers and Yanis Varoufakis NEW
Yanis Varoufakis 4 Weeks, 2 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
James Galbraith,  Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and Professor of Government, University of Texas – Austin Yanis Varoufakis, Visiting Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of T...
Bengt-Ake Lundvall: “The Portuguese Manifesto could become a trigger for change” NEW
Yanis Varoufakis 4 Weeks, 7 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
Bengt-Ake Lundvall is a co-signatory of the petition by 74 of us in favour of an immediate restructuring of Portugal’s public debt. Here are his reasons for signing the petition. (And, for readers who missed them, here are the reasons …...
Think Big, Think Bold NEW
Yanis Varoufakis 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 6 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
Why the Left in Britain and in the Eurozone must aim for a radical Pan-European Green New Deal  European capitalism was always going to become unhinged once the post-war global system, known as Bretton Woods, had run out of steam. … Conti...
How do the powerful get the idea that they ‘deserve’ more? Lessons from the… laboratory NEW
Yanis Varoufakis 1 Month, 3 Days, 18 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
The ‘haves’ of the world are always convinced that they deserve their wealth. That their gargantuan income reflects their ingenuity, ‘human capital’, the risks they (or their parents) took, their work ethic, their acumen, thei...
Why I signed the petition for a Portuguese debt restructure NEW
Yanis Varoufakis 1 Month, 4 Days, 7 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
Jorge Rodrigues, of  Portuguese daily Expresso, asked me to explain why it is that I signed the petition of 74 economists calling for an immediate debt restructuring of Portugal’s public debt, how this ‘call’ squares up wi...
70 economists petition for an immediate Portuguese debt restructure NEW
Yanis Varoufakis 1 Month, 4 Days, 23 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
While Frankfurt-Berlin-Brussels are in full spin mode on Portugal, pretending that the fiscal consolidation program was successful and the country is about to exit its bailout (a little like exiting the frying pan to land in the fire itself), the &he...
Why has the Eurozone Bond Market stabilised? NEW
Yanis Varoufakis 1 Month, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
In June 2012, at a time when central banks had pushed interest rates to almost zero, Italy had to borrow at 8% to re-finance its gargantuan $3 trillion debt. Spain was in even direr straits. With national income falling by … Continue reading &...
Is this an alien landing site, ancient monument, or something else? NEW
Yanis Varoufakis 1 Month, 1 Week, 3 Days, 7 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
Readers of this blog are familiar with Danae Stratou‘s photographic works (her photos adorn the header above). In this post I copy a story from CNN.COM about  Desert Breath: one the largest and (in my eyes) most significant land art &helli...
Tony Benn – in memoriam NEW
Yanis Varoufakis 1 Month, 1 Week, 3 Days, 19 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Tony Benn’s passing saddened and concentrated my mind. His was the voice that resonated with (a much younger version of) me most powerfully immediately after I moved to England in 1978. I was attracted instantly to the combination of: his...
On Bitcoin’s potential: Q&A on what Bitcoin can and cannot offer a troubled world NEW
Yanis Varoufakis 1 Month, 1 Week, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
Following my debate with Andreas Antonopoulos on ABC Late Night Live, graduate students of mine (at the University of Texas) were kind enough to piece together a related Q&A reflecting my views on BTC. Read on… What is Bitcoin (or …...