About: Yanis Varoufakis

Economy & Jobs 27-03-2019

Stop demonising China, Varoufakis tells Europe

Greece's former finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, now standing as a leftist candidate for the European Commission presidency, told the EU on Tuesday (26 March) to stop blaming China for an unbalanced economic relationship because the playing field "was never levelled in Europe".
Economy & Jobs 12-03-2019

EU court shields ECB from disclosing key document in Greek crisis

The European Union's court on Tuesday denied access to a European Central Bank (ECB) document which underpinned its decision to freeze vital funding to Greek banks in 2015, a turning point in the country's financial crisis.
EU Elections 2019 28-01-2019

Varoufakis: There is no real European Left, I am running against them

Yanis Varoufakis, the Spitzenkandidat for leftist Democracy in Europe (DiEM25), told EURACTIV Germany it was “painful” but he would run against the European Left, which is not united and civilised.
EU Elections 2019 26-11-2018

Varoufakis to enter EU politics, in Germany

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, who was outspoken in his criticism of the austerity policies championed by Berlin at the height of the eurozone’s debt crisis, is to stand in European elections next year - in Germany.
EU Elections 2019 19-10-2018

European Left leader: All leftwing and progressive parties must oppose rise of far-right

Progressive forces need to stand up to the rise of far-right movements by building a social, Gregor Gysi said in an interview with EURACTIV, and the run-up to the EU elections provides a "historic window of opportunity".
Elections 03-04-2018

Romania’s former EU Commissioner starts new political party

Romania's former EU Agriculture Commissioner, Dacian Cioloș, who also briefly headed a technocratic government in 2016, has started a new political party just as the country gears up for presidential elections next year and parliamentary elections in 2020.
Elections 05-02-2018

Summit to set rules in race to succeed Juncker

The race to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as head of the first post-Brexit European Commission begins later this month – and in typical EU style it is starting with a row about how the race should be run.
Economy & Jobs 22-11-2017

EU auditors insist on full probe into ECB’s role in Greek bailouts

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) insists it had the right to look into the role of the European Central Bank in Greek bailouts, based on the Lisbon Treaty and a European Parliament resolution, and is now seeking ways to access the documents the ECB has refused to hand over.
Future EU 16-10-2017

Varoufakis tells Macron to adopt the ‘empty-chair’ tactic

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis supports Macron’s federalist proposals on the euro single currency but believes only a real threat could make Germany budge on the issue. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 22-09-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Germany’s tolerance deficit

Asked to explain the AfD’s surge in the polls, Merkel offered a strictly economic analysis. The problem was that she was wrong.
‘Open the ECB’s Black Box’ say Varoufakis and De Masi
Economic governance 09-03-2017

‘Open the ECB’s Black Box’ say Varoufakis and De Masi

The Greek economy is still in crisis, contracting 1.2% in the quarter. The figures, published by the Greek statistics agency, Elstat, show it was the worst quarter since the summer of 2015, when the European Central Bank closed the Greek banks.

Varoufakis urges next Spanish leader to defy Brussels

Greece's far-left former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis called yesterday (21 February) on the next leader of Spain to defy the European Union, speaking to hundreds of cheering onlookers during an anti-austerity gathering in Madrid.
Euro & Finance 16-02-2016

Gesine Schwan: Refugee crisis has exposed EU’s ‘pseudo-solidarity’

Whether it’s the refugee or financial crisis, Germany always stands in the way of European solidarity, endangering the entire EU, warned Gesine Schwan in an interview with EURACTIV Germany.
Euro & Finance 20-01-2016

Varoufakis: China was ready to support Greece, but Berlin killed the deal

Athens had secured a funding deal with China during the crucial negotiations with its creditors last summer. But a phone call from Berlin to Beijing killed it, Yanis Varoufakis disclosed on Tuesday (19 January). EURACTIV Greece reports.
Economy & Jobs 06-01-2016

Varoufakis to launch new movement in Berlin

Former Greek Minister for Finance Yanis Varoufakis is planning a comeback - in Germany. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 03-09-2015

Tsipras and Varoufakis: A messy split

Alexis Tsipras and Yanis Varoufakis shared a vision once, but the double act of the Greek debt drama's most colourful characters now appears well and truly over.
Euro & Finance 24-08-2015

Varoufakis: Greek deal was a coup d’état

Ignoring the will of the people by pursuing unpopular austerity policies plays into the hands of Europe's extreme right, say Yanis Varoufakis and Arnaud Montebourg. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 05-08-2015

Are Paris and Berlin really divided over Greece?

In an interview with Handelsblatt, Michel Sapin said Wolfgang Schäuble was “wrong” about Grexit, but the French-German relationship goes from strength to strength. La Tribune reports.
Euro & Finance 03-08-2015

A Greek Versailles?

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis denounced the July bailout agreed between prime minister Alexis Tsipras and the eurozone leaders as a “new Versailles Treaty”. Quincy Cloet asks if this is a fair comparison. 
Economy & Jobs 28-07-2015

Varoufakis’ allegations ‘false and unfounded’, says Commission

"On what Mr Varoufakis has been saying, the allegations that the troika was controlling the secretariat general of public revenues are false and unfounded," European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva told a news briefing, referring to the "troika" of Greece's creditors the Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund.
Euro & Finance 28-07-2015

Brussels denies Varoufakis’ claims that troika controlled Greek tax agency

The European Commission on Tuesday (28 July) sharply denied claims by Greece's ex-finance minister Yanis Varoufakis that creditors overseeing Greece's bailout also controlled the country's tax agency.
Greek Drachma
Euro & Finance 27-07-2015

Syriza rocked by reports of secret drachma plan

Some members of Greece's leftist government wanted to raid central bank reserves and hack taxpayer accounts to prepare a return to the drachma, according to reports on Sunday (26 July) that highlighted the chaos in the ruling Syriza party.
Euro & Finance 16-07-2015

Greek parliament approves bailout

Greece's parliament passed sweeping austerity measures demanded by lenders to open talks on a new bailout package early Thursday (16 July), but dozens of hardliners in the ruling Syriza party deserted Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
Euro & Finance 11-07-2015

Progress on Greek deal seen as triumph for France

As Greece inches closer to a bailout deal that will keep it in the eurozone, experts have hailed France for playing the role of pacifier in fractious debt talks and putting the brakes on a dreaded "Grexit".

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