Yanis Varoufakis, the former finance minister for Greece who is also an academic and author, will be talking to WikiTribune next week.
WikiTribune is preparing an evaluation of Greece’s economy since 2008 for August 20, when the third bailout agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) ends.
A central figure in the Greek debt crisis, Varoufakis left academia to lead the country’s Ministry of Finance in 2015, during one of the most tumultuous times in Greece’s economic history. Since leaving government, he has written a number of acclaimed books on the European debt crisis. In March 2018, Varoufakis announced the launch of his own political party with a stated aim of freeing Greece from “debt bondage”.
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His criticism of how the European Union (EU) and the IMF handled the crisis, as well as his style (The Economic Times), have put him in the public eye, both internationally and domestically.
Varoufakis is now trying to reconfigure European politics with the likes of Noam Chomsky and Julian Assange.
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- How does the composition of the Greek economy compare to other EU countries?
- What were the main factors that prompted the Greek debt crisis? Where was reform necessary?
- How did the different governments handle negotiations, but most importantly, reform?
- What have been the main effects, both micro and macro, of the three bailout agreements?
- What has the EU, Greece and their citizens learned from the crisis?
- What lessons did you learn from monitoring the micro-economy of the Steam game sales platform? Were you able to apply these lessons to the Greek economy in any way?
- Do you expect a more entrepreneurial culture to take hold in Greece?
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