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Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis

Writing for PS since 2015
105 commentaries
5 videos & podcasts

Yanis Varoufakis, a former finance minister of Greece, is leader of the MeRA25 party and Professor of Economics at the University of Athens. 

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  1. Europe’s Fading Democracy
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    Europe’s Fading Democracy

    Aug 21, 2023 Yanis Varoufakis vents his growing misgivings about the representativeness of the European Union's political institutions.

  2. Austerity Ruined Europe, and Now It’s Back
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    Austerity Ruined Europe, and Now It’s Back

    Jul 19, 2023 Yanis Varoufakis foresees a widening gap with the US as investment lags and workers' real wages continue to fall.

  3. New AI Germ Busters Can Also Bust Unions
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    New AI Germ Busters Can Also Bust Unions

    Jun 2, 2023 Yanis Varoufakis shows how an AI-driven biomedical breakthrough could rob workers of what little power they have left.

  4. Who’s Afraid of Central Bank Digital Currencies?
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    Who’s Afraid of Central Bank Digital Currencies?

    May 15, 2023 Yanis Varoufakis shows how CBDCs would stop the financial industry from holding societies hostage.

  5. The Strange Death of the Liberal Individual
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    The Strange Death of the Liberal Individual

    Apr 24, 2023 Yanis Varoufakis argues that in today's online society, the curation of personal identity has become inseparable from work.

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    Auto Strikes and Climate Change

    Mariana Mazzucato & Damon Silvers explain why the transition to a net-zero economy cannot happen without worker empowerment.
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    The New World Disorder

    Richard Haass highlights the growing threat to international stability and calls for effective cooperation.
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    Latin America’s Growth Conundrum

    Arminio Fraga, et al.

    Since 1960, only a few countries in Latin America have narrowed the gap between their per capita income and that of the United States, while most of the region has lagged far behind. Making up for lost ground will require a coordinated effort, involving both technocratic tinkering and bold political leadership.

    explain what it will take finally to achieve economic convergence with advanced economies.
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    We Need to Talk About Bank Supervision

    Howard Davies thinks the renewed debate over commercial bank capital requirements largely misses the point.
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    The New Anatomy of Britain

    Robert Skidelsky laments the decline of UK institutions and the increasingly limited scope for meaningful action.
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    Financing Our Survival

    Vera Songwe

    Between now and the end of this decade, climate-related investments need to increase by orders of magnitude to keep the world on track toward achieving even more ambitious targets by mid-century. Fortunately, if done right, such investments could usher in an entirely new and better economy.

    explains what it will take to mobilize capital for the net-zero transition worldwide.
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    Whither the G20?

    Takatoshi Ito sees the grouping as increasingly divided between friends of the G7 and friends of China and Russia.
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    Making the Most of Africa’s Strategic Green Minerals

    Marit Kitaw explains how the continent can move beyond resource extraction to build green industry.
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    America Must Join Europe’s Climate Club

    Gary Yohe & Roger Kuhns urge US policymakers to create a carbon-pricing policy in line with the bloc’s emissions-reduction plan.

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