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Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis

Writing for PS since 2015
94 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. How the West Poisoned Its Money
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    How the West Poisoned Its Money

    Sep 21, 2022 Yanis Varoufakis explains why inflation can’t cure investors’ addiction to more than a decade of often-negative interest rates.

  2. Time to Blow Up Electricity Markets
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    Time to Blow Up Electricity Markets

    Aug 29, 2022 Yanis Varoufakis explains why Europe’s embrace of marginal-cost pricing was a bad idea in theory and even worse in practice.

  3. Sympathy for Germany
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    Sympathy for Germany

    Jul 26, 2022 Yanis Varoufakis can relate to the predicament of a country whose economic model is kaput and whose people face condescension.

  4. Inflation as a Political Power Play Gone Wrong
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    Inflation as a Political Power Play Gone Wrong

    Jun 22, 2022 Yanis Varoufakis shows why the most popular explanations of today’s price surges are both true and miss the point.

  5. The Peace Process Ukraine’s Supporters Should Support
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    The Peace Process Ukraine’s Supporters Should Support

    May 23, 2022 Yanis Varoufakis urges those not directly involved in the war to help the combatants envisage the terms of a negotiated peace.

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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.
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    Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe

    José Manuel Barroso explains why global leaders must focus on creating equitable response mechanisms ahead of the next crisis.
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    Italy’s Next Government Must Tackle Climate Security

    Luca Bergamaschi shows why the country’s politicians can no longer afford to ignore a major threat to national security.
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    Europe and the New Non-Alignment

    Laurence Tubiana

    Despite the massive civilian suffering in Ukraine, many countries have been wary of taking sides, owing both to a perception of European double standards and to Russia’s leverage over energy and commodity prices. But while new geopolitical dynamics have complicated climate advocacy, they certainly haven't derailed it.

    sees both challenges and opportunities for climate policy in an era of geopolitical fragmentation.
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    The Sting of Climate Risk Is in the Tails

    Mark Cliffe thinks conventional models have overemphasized the long term at the expense of more immediate threats.
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    Should Humanities Professors Be Automated?

    Nicholas Agar considers the implications of recent successes with AI-generated academic research and writing.
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    Should Energy Companies’ Windfall Profits Be Taxed?

    Imposing a one-off tax on energy companies’ extraordinary profits might seem like a no-brainer at a time of soaring inflation, but the idea has more than a few detractors. As policymakers in a growing number of economies move ahead, we asked PS commentators whether they are right to do so.

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    The Global Necessity of American Democracy

    Javier Solana shows why the political health of the United States has become a matter of global concern.

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