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Yanis Varoufakis on negotiating Brexit - YouTube
Yanis knows from experience: there will be no negotiations/a big compromise on freedom of movement benefiting greatly UK - will not happen. "gunboat diplomacy"
Brexit  Greece  Yanis  Varoufakis  UK 
september 2016 by asterisk2a
What's the future for Europe? - Guardian Live event - YouTube
Tariq Ali - international leading figure of the left // yanis - eu is in an awful state. disgraceful.
Book  Tariq  Ali  Brexit  European  Union  economic  history  neoliberal  neoliberalism  UK  Yanis  Varoufakis  Turkey  refugee  crisis 
august 2016 by asterisk2a
IMF's own watchdog criticises its handling of eurozone crisis
Fund was over-optimistic, failed to spot scale of problem and gave impression it was treating Europe differently, says report
Troika  PIGS  Greece  Grexit  Yanis  Varoufakis  IMF  austerity  economic  history  Germany  Angela  Merkel  Wolfgang  Schäuble  liberal  economic  reform  ChristineLagarde  zombie  bank  zombie  banks  contagion  bank  bailout  sovereign  debt  crisis  European  Union 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Mark Blyth explains the U.K.'s decision to leave the E.U. - YouTube
Yanis Varoufakis & Mark Blyth - https://youtu.be/iMk6aVsl8Rs - Scotland (joining the EU) will not have a welfare state as long as Wolfgang Schaeuble is at the helm), Secular Stagnation = feels like permanent recession. especially w austerity. squeezed middle class, working poor, Precariat. [...] the only thing that is keeping things alive and somewhat steady is monetary policy (ZIRP, NIRP, QE) & triple-lock pensions (ie in UK). [...] Status Quo is extend and pretend (ie in EU) [...] Centrists lost the plot, all under 50% of vote share. some places just 25% (ie Tories 2015). [...] [min 20 #Brexit] [...] EU and ASIA running trade surplus against the world. "be more competitive" = exporting deflation. is not same as productivity. [...] Q&A session: you can not reform a country (structural reforms) under dark cloud of debt deflation. no shared dream of prosperity. //&! youtu.be/md6_WfF9Ky0?t=22m
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Why Brexit Is Good For Working People In Clear, Simple Terms - YouTube
Mark Blyth // + centrists lost the plot (leaders from 95 to today in western world - tony blair, clinton, cameron, schroeder, merkel, sarkozy, hollande, gordon brown ... IMF and OECD! and the central bankers. christine lagarde) // global trumpism // trickle down never worked! // Mark Blyth: The Why of Brexit - MR LIVE - 6/28/16 - https://youtu.be/arT40qHKuHQ?t=13m //&! Bhaskar Sunkara: A Marxist Perspective on Current Crises - MR Live - 6/27/16 - https://youtu.be/DcxN5n22OiE?t=14m30s
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Alan Greenspan on Brexit, U.S. Economy, and Inflation (Full Interview) - YouTube
UK out of Euro Currency but part of free trade single market was best option on table. // lack of leadership for political union and fiscal union aka ever closer union. not just currency and trade union (free trade). // GET AT THE ROOT ISSUE; productivity, ageing population (entitlement crisis), stagnant wages, secular stagnation = desperate population // European banks some still burdened by sov debt crisis/NPL (= zombie banks) & NIRP & QE & lack of uptake in business & consumer loans. // no back-up to the ECB (balance sheet) yet. what happens if the EURO stops being a hard currency? get Greece out, is a liability. // EU can not go on in Status Quo indefinitely. ie funding southern states. States have to get on course of economic harmony! everyone has to give up something! // Precariat/Squeezed Middle Class/Social Mobility = creates desperate people. // Entitlements are a legal issues. Productivity and Growth Rates can't fund entitlements. = There will be a crisis. // Career Politicians won't touch it. // History (look at M2) this environment ends up in inflation. not time or data.
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
Revolutionary politics in the UK
// yanis is liberal marxist // &! Will John McDonnell's fiscal rules work for Labour? Paul Mason Vs John Rentoul - youtu.be/0EISho5eSUc - OBR econometrics dictated by Treasury, George Osborne w wonky multipliers that don't fit w IMF models. IMF calls for fiscal stimulus! since late 2015 because China's credit bubble popped and global economy started to head south.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
What Happens Next (In Europe)?
the odds of another crisis are higher than a rally to fresh records. [...]
“The 2009-2015 rally originated from two main drivers: a massive stimulus, and credit expansion in China,” said Goette, who’s a partner at his firm in Zug, Switzerland and helps oversee 1 billion Swiss francs ($1 billion).

“European earnings have not followed suit so far. Skepticism regarding central-bank operations has started to emerge.”
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Yanis Varoufakis: »MONEY AND POWER«, Public Lecture 2015-11-04
3rd bailout loan $0 went to Greece. All to pay off banks. extend & pretend. 1st: ~90% went to the banks. [...] ESM does not exist [...] banking union plan not progressing at all. //&! Yanis Varoufakis @Oxford Union - youtu.be/zWB6lY2GBjQ - ACADEMIA LACKS ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT ATTITUDE! Because going against the grain has become anti-reputation. [...] it's all about expectations, predictions about where S&P500 will be in 12 months. [...] regression between theory and reality. economists have never been humble. [ see Wall Street cottage factory of analysis and prediction shops ] [...] if you torture the data and model enough it will confess. [< EU monetary union based on theory ] [...] [34:00] Brussels is technically incompetent and will not reform itself. I am a libertarian marxist. Schumpeter. true creative destruction. great wealth currently created - all going to 1%. = not humanitarian. not democratic. [...] 41:00 Q&A, <48:50> gov budget not same as household budget; George Osborne.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Yanis Varoufakis Candid Interview - Shocking Disfunction and The Power Of Oligarchs
Europe will not survive next crisis. [...] end of interview - China looked after the rest of the world and especially Germany after 2009 (credit bubble) as USA looked after Germany in the 50's - Wirtschaftswunder. Now China is trying its best not to implode and fall below 5% of growth per annum. And now USA is trying to contest Asia (excluding China) economically and militarily through TPP and military increase in that region. //&! Yanis Varoufakis - Guardian Live - youtu.be/md6_WfF9Ky0
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
The Privatising Industry in Europe
Do you wonder why the 'Troika' persists in its privatisation agenda despite the evidence of its failures and the growing economic and social costs?
The report “The Privatising Industry in Europe”, written by Sol Trumbo Vila and Matthijs Peters for the Transnational Institute, TNI, suggests two possible motives and shows who the ‪#‎BigWinners‬ of those privatisations are. - https://www.tni.org/en/publication/the-privatising-industry-in-europe - The rationale put forward by advocates of privatisation does not stand up to the evidence. Privatisation has failed to provide promised revenue as only profitable firms are being sold and consistently at undervalued prices. Meanwhile the latest research by the IMF and by European universities show that there is no evidence that the privatised firms are more efficient than state-owned firms. [...] Privatisation in Europe has encouraged a growth in corruption,
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
George F. Kennan Distinguished Lecture Series ~ A Modest Proposal: Escaping Austerity and Debt - YouTube
James K. Galbraith and Yanis Varoufakis join the Institute of World Affairs and Jeffrey Sommers, Senior Fellow, Institute of World Affairs, to discuss austerity -- the current go-to economic policy prescription for governments across the globe. Why are public institutions in crisis when many economies, including our own, are actually bigger than ever?
austerity  Mark  Blyth  Yanis  Varoufakis 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Krise ǀ Weimar reloaded — der Freitag
Das Land befindet sich schon mitten in der Depression und schuld daran sind hohe Lohnkosten und üppige Sozialpolitik. Helfen können dagegen nur Lohn-, Preis- und Budgetkürzungen. Was sich liest wie eine Mainstream-Diagnose des heutigen Europas, ist tatsächlich der Inhalt eines Artikels aus dem März 1929. Er erschien im Deutschen Volkswirt, einem damaligen Fachblatt der liberalen Ökonomie. Der Autor war kein Geringerer als Joseph Schumpeter. Was er vorschlug, ist später als die berüchtigte Deflationspolitik des bis Mai 1932 amtierenden Reichskanzlers Heinrich Brüning bekannt geworden. [ can solve debt overhang w austerity, >> is deflationary, stagnant balance sheet or shrinking, thus increases debt 2 gdp/asset ratio ] [...] den „Ruin Mitteleuropas“ zu verantworten.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Lagarde beharrt auf Schuldenentlastung für Griechenland - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Der Internationale Währungsfonds ist in Athen verhasst. Ausgerechnet IWF-Chefin Lagarde unterstützt Griechenlands Premier Tsipras nun erneut bei seiner Forderung nach einer erheblichen Schuldenerleichterung. [...] "Wir sehen im Moment eine Situation, in der wir die Schuldenlast als nicht tragfähig beurteilen", sagte IWF-Chefin Christine Lagarde. "Es muss eine signifikante Schulden-Restrukturierung geben", forderte Lagarde mit Blick auf die Schuldenquote Griechenlands von rund 170 Prozent der Wirtschaftsleistung. Die Quote könne sogar in Richtung 200 Prozent steigen: Diese Einschätzung setze sich mehr und mehr durch, sagte Lagarde. // Compromise must be found, a pause for debt repaymen (EFSF, ESM, ECB) for ~15-20 years. With a slow start in repayments without interest coupon there after, coupled with economic / budget feasibility assessment of repayments in view of long-term sustainability. // &! bit.ly/1JUGCbF - IMF will refuse to join Greek bailout until debt relief demands are met
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
In defence of Yanis Varoufakis | Business | The Guardian
It is now fashionable to disparage the former Greek finance minister. For some he showed too little politesse, but the essence of his agenda remains largely correct [...] Varoufakis was never the arbiter of Greece’s fate. Yes, he should have adopted a more conciliatory style and shown greater appreciation for the norms of European negotiations; and, yes, he overestimated Greece’s bargaining power, wrongly assuming that pressing the threat of Grexit would compel his European partners to reconsider their long-entrenched positions. But, relative to the macro situation, these are minor issues. [...] He could not influence in any meaningful manner the national narratives that had sunk deep roots in other European countries and thus undermined those countries’ ability to adapt. He could not counter the view among some of the region’s politicians that success for Syriza would embolden and strengthen other non-traditional parties around Europe.
Yanis  Varoufakis 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC Radio 4 - Today, 13/07/2015, Syriza MP: "the Europe of austerity has won"
[ECB, the silent enforcer ] Eurozone leaders have reached an agreement on the Greek debt crisis after 17 hours of talks in Brussels. The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said the deal would pave the way for the Athens government to secure a third international bailout to prevent it defaulting on its debts, under the plans, he said Greece would have to make serious reforms. Giorgos Katrougalos, the Greek minister in charge of reform, said that clearly "the Europe of austerity" had won. "Either we're going to accept these draconian measures or it is the sudden death of our economy through the continued closure of our banks. So it is an agreement that is practically forced upon us," he added. [...] "The political murder of our economy through blackmail."
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis says EU deal is a 'new Treaty of Versailles’ | News | The National
THE bailout deal forced upon Greece by its eurozone creditors was dubbed “a new treaty of Versailles” last night by the country’s former finance minister. [...] the deal comes with years of enforced austerity and privatisation of state assets. Yanis Varoufakis, who quit last week after falling out with his European counterparts, spoke of the “politics of humiliation”. He said the lenders were taking revenge on prime minister Alexis Tsipras. “It is an impossible deal,” he added. “A deal that is simply not viable.” [...] “This has nothing to do with economics. It has nothing to do with putting Greece back on the rails towards recovery. This is a new Versailles Treaty that is haunting Europe again, and the prime minister knows it. He knows that he’s damned if he does and he’s damned if he doesn’t.” [...] “It’s not that it didn’t go down well – there was point-blank refusal to engage in economic arguments. Point blank.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Greece’s European Agreement Is Not a Bailout - YouTube
'Tsipras was digging his own grave.' That he goes home now with that deal that has to be passed by Parliament, this deal after the referendum no on bailout terms less harsh, that is tough. Demuetigung by Eurogroup and Co. To go home with even more stricter terms, the people that elected him on an anti-austerity platform and gave a resounding 61% no to the bailout terms given February 2015 after the election of Syriza.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Am Tiefpunkt der europäischen Nachkriegsgeschichte - Jung & Naiv: Folge 237 - YouTube
referendum yes no - was not planned through if Eurogroup would not budge to demands of lesser austerity terms. Syriza had no plan (Grexit) for this case, how it played out. Thus (Tsipras) had to accept (capitulated) any offer Eurogroup offered; privatisation of state assets with an aim to raise 50bn, no debt restructuring nor forgiveness. // This is the 3rd bailout outcome; a bailout to repay previous bailouts (EFSF, IMF, ECB) and private debt obligations. Greece (Parliament) will have to accept Eurogroup offer/demands because they were not willing to opt by their own, the worst of the worst and the unknown of Grexit. 'Darin liegt auch die Demuetigung.' //
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Greece debt crisis: MPs back bailout reform plan - BBC News
[post-referendum ] Greece's parliament has backed a government package of economic reforms aimed at ending the country's debt crisis and securing a new bailout [ to pay off previous bailout payments that are coming-up; EFSF, IMF, ECB ] After a late-night debate, PM Alexis Tsipras won overwhelming cross-party support but saw some of his own MPs vote against him or abstain. Earlier, he admitted that some elements of the package fell short of his party's anti-austerity promises. The proposals are to be studied by eurozone finance ministers later. EU sources says Greece's creditors - the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund - believe the plan is positive. Eurozone officials are also expected to discuss Greek requests for some of the debt to be rescheduled. Mr Tsipras is asking for €53.5bn ($59.47bn) to cover Greece's debts (re-payments and interest) until 2018. [...] given in to demands [&] measures rejected in a referendum last Sunday.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Athens capitulates to creditors - BBC News
"Greece: Prior Actions - Policy Commitments and Actions to be taken in consultation with the EC/ECB/IMF staff", it feels very familiar. That familiarity stems from its great similarity to the bailout proposals put to Greece by the creditors - the eurozone governments, the European Central Bank and the IMF - last month. Pretty much everything wanted by the creditors is there - with the odd tweak or softening, but nothing which looks as though it ought to be noxious to them. So there is a pledge for budget surpluses rising in steps to 3.5% of GDP or national income by 2018 [< in their dreams only]. // The referendum was a last ditch effort by Syriza to get better deal. Eurogroup, Troika, IMF, ECB called it a bluff and accepted a possible Grexit and according to Juncker did prepare for it. No we are where we were when Syriza was elected and had to negotiate for a new bailout tranche, to pay off other bailout tranches re-payment coming up (IMF, EFSF, ECB) &! bbc.in/1INY5Gu MPs to deceide
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Germany won’t spare Greek pain – it has an interest in breaking us | Yanis Varoufakis | Comment is free | The Guardian
Debt restructuring has always been our aim in negotiations – but for some eurozone leaders Grexit is the goal [...] To frame the cynical transfer of irretrievable private losses on to the shoulders of taxpayers as an exercise in “tough love”, record austerity was imposed on Greece, whose national income, in turn – from which new and old debts had to be repaid – diminished by more than a quarter. It takes the mathematical expertise of a smart eight-year-old to know that this process could not end well. [...] In my first week as minister for finance I was visited by Jeroen Dijsselbloem, president of the Eurogroup (the eurozone finance ministers), who put a stark choice to me: accept the bailout’s “logic” and drop any demands for debt restructuring or your loan agreement will “crash” – the unsaid repercussion being that Greece’s banks would be boarded up. [...] Wolfgang Schäuble, decided that Grexit’s costs were a worthwhile “investment” as a way of disciplining France et al,
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
IMF Slams Germany, Says Greece "Needs Debt Restructuring" | Zero Hedge
on the ticker. IMF'S LAGARDE SAYS DEBT RESTRUCTURING NEEDED IN GREECE. IMF'S LAGARDE SAYS FUND REMAINS 'FULLY ENGAGED' WITH GREECE. IMF'S LAGARDE SAYS IMF CANNOT GIVE GREECE SPECIAL TREATMENT // Earlier today, confirming that Germany sternly refuses to change its tune about a Greek debt haircut or even a debt "reprofiling" of Greece and would not budge an inch on Tsipras tacit request for at least some debt leeway, we reported that "the German government does not see any reason to grant Greece either a classic debt haircut or any other measures that would slash the value of money on loan to the crisis-ridden country, a spokesman for the finance ministry said on Wednesday." // IMF has admitted it was wrong to advocate for austerity, now IMF admits it was wrong to hope that its approach (together with Troika) would help Greece. // an economic model is an economic model, not the real world and especially not able to predict the future. // "Alternativlos."
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Greek debt crisis: What next for the European Union dream? - BBC News
In a European Union that's currently dominated by eye-popping debt figures, last-minute debt talks and sharp-tongued insults, some people are wondering what happened to the idealism behind the European project: the "European idea"? // &! Greece debt crisis: Eurozone decision down to politics - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-eu-33429622 // agglomeration of the symptoms and outcomes of our time have pushed weak career politicans in a corner where they can't admit a big academic/intellectual/economic mistake and at least re-orientate. thus keeping the destructive path they are on. because their national (political) interest (and that of their constituency) is them more important (their status quo career) than the greater good and stable integrated (& solidarity) future of Europe is so needs in an even more unstable and uncertain and competitive future. It all started when they said it was "Alternativlos" to bailout banks and transfer the debt (risk) on public balance sheet.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Greece’s fight is for democracy in Europe. That’s why we must support it | Owen Jones | Comment is free | The Guardian
The EU powers told Greeks their world would cave in unless they acquiesced by voting yes. The no vote has raised the political stakes even higher (by Owen Jones, author) The referendum was, of course, a rejection of an austerity programme that has unleashed what is commonly described in Greece as a humanitarian crisis. Since Lehman Brothers crashed in 2008, austerity has always relied on the displacement of blame from elites to elsewhere. It was Goldman Sachs who helped the then Greek government to cook the countrys books to win entry into the euro. It was German & French banks who profitably and recklessly lent to Greece, just as US banks disastrously showered subprime mortgages on low-paid Americans. It was Germany who benefited from being able to export its consumer goods to peripheral European countries such as Greece. [transfer of debt/risk, plunging people & welfare state downward spiral with little growth to pay off new debt = unsustainable by Wall Street] &! bit.ly/1G3v9ns
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Yanis Varoufakis: Angela Merkel has a red and a yellow button. One ends the crisis. Which does she push? | Comment is free | The Guardian
Angela Merkel has a red and a yellow button. One ends the crisis. Which does she push? by Yanis Varoufakis [ On the evening of the day of his resigning as Finance Minister of Greece. ] The Global Minotaur of neoliberal capitalism centred on Wall Street held the world to ransom from 1971 to 2008. Now Europe’s surplus countries are trying to prop up its corpse [...] Europe's architecture was not sound enough to sustain the shock waves from the death throes of neoliberal capitalism
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Profile: Yanis Varoufakis, Greek bailout foe - BBC News
His eurozone colleagues, however, were not among his fans. In his first meeting with them on 11 February he refused to approve a common statement by the Eurogroup that implied Athens would seek an extension of its bailout. "Simple logic dictates that if you cannot even conceive the possibility of leaving a negotiation, then it is preferable never to enter one," [...] Mr Varoufakis had said he would "never, never, never" leave academia for politics. So what made him change his mind? People close to him told the BBC he felt he had a "moral responsibility" to accept the invitation of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. They also described him as a workaholic and ideologue, convinced of the failure of austerity politics. He is said to sleep very few hours at night. Experts warned not to expect an about-face under pressure from lenders. They said he would sooner leave politics than betray his beliefs.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Varoufakis und die Legende über seinen Rücktritt - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[1st Backroom deal concession from Tsipras 2 get Eurogroup (EFSF), IMF ('Big Daddy'), Troika ('Structural Reform Guide'), ECB (ELA) & Syriza together on 1 table for a renegotiation - without him, him being not a Politician!?] [...] Rücktritt am Tag nach dem Referendum: Finanzminister Yanis Varoufakis hat seinen Posten niedergelegt. Eigenen Angaben zufolge will er damit die Chancen von Regierungschef Alexis Tsipras auf eine Einigung mit den Euro-Partnern verbessern. // bit.ly/1CVg6w0 &! This is a sign that the status quo (interest group, peer group with group think and their ideology of austerity) can't change the World, affect the Symptoms, ... thus the we need the Rebellion // bit.ly/1gj9x1w - ob er sich selbst im weg stand is debatable from where you stand. &! bit.ly/1TgNTJw
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
WDR Kinozeit Dokumentarfilm Agora: Sendung vom 05.02.2015 - YouTube
Die Eurokrise aus griechischer Sicht: "AGORÁ - Von der Demokratie zum Markt" // &! Post-democracy (Themes for the 21st Century Series) Paperback – 23 Jun 2004 by Colin Crouch &! Making Capitalism Fit For Society Paperback – 6 Sep 2013 - by Colin Crouch "The aim of this book is to show that the acceptance of capitalism and the market does not require us to accept the full neoliberal agenda of unrestrained markets, insecurity in our working lives, and neglect of the environment and of public services."
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
Yanis Varoufakis Newsnight interview - YouTube
youtu.be/VBsIwmRTZgY (2011) &! Yanis Varoufakis ... TEDxAcademy - Yanis Varoufakis - A Modest Proposal for Transforming Europe (2011) - youtu.be/CRRWaEPRlb4 &! The Global Minotaur: The Crash of 2008 and the Euro-Zone Crisis in Historical Perspective - youtu.be/iVxaTC7Qp44 &! &! youtu.be/FJP1Ysx47fo (Pre-Appointment to Finance Minister) "We are going to destroy the Greek oligarchy system" &! Yanis Varoufakis: Confessions of an Erratic Marxist (2013) - youtu.be/A3uNIgDmqwI &! Alexis Tsipras & Slavoj Žižek /// The Role of the European Left (2013) - youtu.be/aUh96oXYt18 &! http://youtu.be/PelAe0xrIL4 (2013) &! bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31147112 - Greece's new finance minister has urged Germany to help end the "gross indignity" of the Greek debt crisis. [...] Wolfgang Schaeuble said a reduction of Greece's debt was off the agenda.
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