When Greece’s economic depression reached its peak in 2015, the Greeks elected economist Yanis Varoufakis to be the finance minister with a remit to negotiate a debt restructure. After a six-month long clash with some of the world’s most powerful institutions representing Greece’s bankers, he left the government and co-founded DiEM25, the first paneuropean progressive political movement, which will be competing in next year’s European Parliament elections as part of EUROPEAN SPRING – a coalition of progressive movements and parties from all over Europe.
Alongside his bestselling memoir from that turbulent period in Greece’s history (Adults In The Room), he has also written books on the global and European economic crisis (The Global Minotaur; And The Weak Suffer What They Must?) as well as a bestselling book (Talking to My Daughter About the Economy) arguing that capitalism is an irrational system inimical to democracy. In this series of conversations, Varoufakis further explores the question of whether the current form of financialised capitalism is devouring democracy. In a wide-ranging strand of discussions with politicians, activists and writers from around the world, Yanis Varoufakis explores the ways in which the demos can be put back into our democracies.