Here’s a short Twitter Q+A that took place yesterday between Yanis and the Berlin Policy Journal. They covered topics like debt slavery, EU democracy, Thatcher and motorbikes.
BPJ: Thanks for joining us Mr Varoufakis
YV: Thank you for the invitation.
None whatsoever. Once it was no longer possible to do good for Greece as minister, there was no reason to stay in office.
Your proudest moment as #Greece’s Minister of Finance?
When a poorly dressed boy pointed me out to another boy & said: “This is the guy that gave our mum a card to buy groceries!”
My departure ended a rebellion against debt bondage/slavery. Slavery, does not create headlines. A slaves’ revolt does.
Describe your relationship with Wolfgang #Schäuble
An interesting relationship between fin ministers of a strong & a weak country who were equally powerless to do what was right.
That satire is despised by despots and only appreciated deeply by humanists (even if it comes at a political cost to them).
I admired something prescient once said by a political opponent. If we cannot do this, politics is inhuman.
If this is true, the world has become very boring.
In the same way that to be a good patriot you must often be scorchingly critical of your government.
DiEM25 believes that the EU is disintegrating. We must stabilize Europe’s economy first, before radically democratising the EU.
Any realistic hope to fulfill .@DiEM_25‘s demands?
Did the initiators of the anti-slavery movement think their demand was utopian? You bet they did! So what? They succeeded!
Describe a day in the life of #Varoufakis.
Writing, reading, debating and, at some point late in the day, chatting, watching, and listening with my partner-in-everything.
You’re a fan of #motorcycles. Favorite model and/or place to ride?
Yamaha XJR1300, coastal roads in northern and southern Attica, the Peloponnese plus wonderful B roads on Scotland’s West Coast.
Last question: What cause are you most passionate about today? #i140c
Democratising Europe (against the troika’s will) in order to prevent a return of the 1930s in some vicious post-modern form.
Thanks again for your time today!
You are welcome.
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