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Yanis Varoufakis

Born in Athens, 1961, Yanis Varoufakis moved to England to read mathematical economics (Essex), mathematical statistics (Birmingham) and to complete a Ph.D. in economics (Essex). His academic appointments teaching economic theory and policy, political economics and philosophy, econometrics, and game theory, began at the University of Essex and then took him to the Universities of East Anglia, Cambridge, Glasgow, the Université Catholique de Louvain, the Universities of Sydney, Athens, and Texas at Austin, where he is currently teaching at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
Since the global and euro crises began in 2008, Varoufakis has been an active participant in the debates occasioned by these events. Together with Stuart Holland and James Galbraith, he is the author of A Modest Proposal for Resolving the Euro Crisis. He is married to artist Danae Stratou with whom he collaborated in the artist’s installations CUT-7 dividing lines, The Globalising Wall, It Is Time to Open the Black Boxes, etc. He writes regular columns in Witte de With Review (published by The Witte de With Art Center, Rotterdam) and keeps a much-visited blog entitled ‘Thoughts for the Post-2008 World’ - see His next book, to be published in New York (2015) by Nation Books, is entitled Europe Unhinged: The Next Phase of the Global Crisis. Previous books include: The Global Minotaur: The True Origins of the Financial Crisis and the Future of the World Economy (London and New York: Zed Books, 2011, 2nd ed. 2013), Economic Indeterminacy: A personal encounter with the economists’ peculiar nemesis (London and New York: Routledge, 2013), Modern Political Economics: Making sense of the post-2008 world (London and New York: Routledge, with J. Halevi and N. Theocarakis, 2011), Game Theory: A Critical Text (London and New York: Routledge, with S. Hargreaves-Heap, 2004), Foundations of Economics: A beginner’s companion (London and New York: Routledge, 1998), Rational Conflict (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1991).

Reaching For Our Revolvers:
How a United Europe Defused its Culture and Divided its People

As the Iron Curtain was coming down, Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Double Life of Véronique (1991) not only elegantly captured the emotional impact of Europe’s post-war division but also conveyed a brooding angst about the promised “European Union.”


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