Yanis Varoufakis (Greek: Γιάνης Βαρουφάκης, pronounced [ˈʝanis varuˈfacis]; born 24 March 1961) is a Greek-Australian economist. He is the former finance minister of Greece. In the January 2015 general election, he was elected to the Greek parliament, representing Syriza, and took office in the new government of Alexis Tsipras two days later, on 27 January 2015 He resigned from the Ministry of Finance on 6 July 2015, the day after a victorious no-vote on the referendum on austerity.
- (The Eurozone) resembles a fine riverboat that was launched on a still ocean in 2000. And then the first storm that hit it, in 2008, started creating serious structural problems for it. We started leaking water. And of course, the people in the third class, as in the Titanic, start feeling the drowning effects first.
- In: Channel 4 News, "Yanis Varoufakis interview: 'Greece can start breathing again, growing'." 26 Jan. 2015: On comparing the eurozone to the Titanic; Quoted in: Jonathan Chew. "These 7 Yanis Varoufakis Quotes Show Why We’ll Miss Him," Fortune, (6 July 2015)
- Europe in its infinite wisdom decided to deal with this bankruptcy by loading the largest loan in human history on the weakest of shoulders … What we’ve been having ever since is a kind of fiscal waterboarding that has turned this nation into a debt colony.
- In: Russell Hotten. "Yanis Varoufakis: In his own words" at bbc.co.uk, On the austerity terms of Greece's €240bn bailout (3 February 2015)
- Why did they force us to close the banks? To instil fear in people.
And spreading fear is called terrorism.
- In: Chris Johnston and agencies. "Yanis Varoufakis accuses creditors of terrorism ahead of Greek referendum," in: theguardian.com, 4 July 2015; Quoted in Yanis Varoufakis: some of his best quotes, on theguardian.com, 6 July 2015, 15.32 BST.
- The referendum of 5th July will stay in history as a unique moment when a small European nation rose up against debt-bondage...
- Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made aware of a certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted ‘partners’, for my… ‘absence’ from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement. For this reason I am leaving the Ministry of Finance today.
- I consider it my duty to help Alexis Tsipras exploit, as he sees fit, the capital that the Greek people granted us through yesterday’s referendum.
- And I shall wear the creditors’ loathing with pride....
- Politics, I now understand, is at its best when it enlightens us via an opponent's insight.
- Chapter 4, Trojan Horse - And The Weak Suffer What They Must?
- The world we live in is ruled by insiders... one of the first things said to me by a very high ranking American official.. when I was minister... you have a choice. You can be an insider or an outsider. If you are an outsider you'll retain your right to say anything you want, whatever you believe in but know that you're going to be persecuted, you're going to be villified and you'll be jettisoned.
- On the other hand, you can chose to be an insider, to play the game... if you chose to be an insider you'll be given information that outsiders don't have, you'll be given... an opportunity... to make some... small tiny changes within the inside, but the one rule that you must respect, is that insiders do not tell outsiders the truth, and they do not turn against other insiders..."
- ...Julian [Assange]... created the technology that allowed the outsiders to get a glimpse within...and this is why he's being persecuted this way and one of the worst aspects of this persecution from a feminist perspective is that he's been accused of a crime for which he's never been charged, that turns progressives against feminists and feminists against progressives. This attempt by the establishment to turn progressives against themselves in order to prosecute someone who has... revealed their crimes is a heinous crime in itself..."
- ...faced with a choice between an agreement that is to the advantage of the peoples of Europe and one that bolsters their own power within the EU institutions at the expense of Europe’s social economies, the Brussels establishment, and the powerful politicians behind them, will choose the latter every time.
- ...negotiations will be an exercise in futility and frustration. Barnier’s two-phase negotiation announcement amounts to a rejection of the principle of … negotiation. He is, effectively, saying to you: First you give me everything I am asking for unconditionally (Phase 1) and only then will I hear what you want (Phase 2).
- My message to Theresa May: listen and learn from our Greek tragedy, The Evening Standard (12 May 2017)
- In the United States you have the ridiculous situation where the Democratic Party is going to the people who voted for Trump saying you were duped by Putin, Putin stole the election through Facebook. (...) Did Putin try to influence the election in the United States? I'm sure he did. But I did too. I did, I really did. I did my best to influence the election and failed spectacularly and Putin had about the same impact that I had. This is really very important: we do not sacrifice good people to the ultra-right by treating them like morons and by demonizing them. This is crucial: we have to win the battle of ideas by treating people with respect independently of whether they agree or even like us or not.
- The Euro Has Never Been More Problematic, Oxford Union (14 November 2018)