Day 30, No. 30. Yanis Varoufakis

Professor Yanis VaroufakisHAIRCUT 100: Day 30, No. 30. Yanis Varoufakis: academic, economist, author, biker, and probably the sexiest politician ever to have lived. Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Athens, Varoufakis was Greek Minister of Finance for seven months in 2015, ultimately choosing to resign rather than ‘surrender’ to the terms of the 3rd Greek Bailout by the EU-IMF troika, while it was also pretty clear that several powerful members were no longer willing to work with him. He describes himself on Twitter as: ‘Economics professor, quietly writing obscure academic texts for years, until thrust onto the public scene by Europe’s inane handling of an inevitable crisis.’ Varoufakis remains a key participant in the current debates on the on-going global and European economic crisis, and is the author of The Global Minotaur and several academic texts on economics and game theory. He is a dual Greek-Australian citizen and describes himself as a ‘libertarian Marxist.’ In the eighties, Varoufakis taught economics at the universities of Essex, East Anglia and Cambridge, leaving England after Margaret Thatcher’s third election victory. He moved to Australia, but in 2000 a combination of ‘nostalgia and abhorrence of the conservative turn of the land Down Under,’ led him to return to Greece. Last year, Varoufakis appeared on the BBC’s Question Time, leading Mark Lawson to write in the Guardian that ‘Several of the sentences he spoke in a second language were more impressive than most that his fellow panellists managed in their native tongue.’ In February 2016, Varoufakis launched DiEM25, the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025. ‘The problem is that austerity is being used as a narrative to conduct class war.’

 

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