Yanis Varoufakis on European capitalism

Since stepping down as Greece’s finance minister in the leftist Syriza government, Yanis Varoufakis has been touring the world with his words, giving speeches to packed-out audiences. He spends much of the year with his wife Danae Stratou on Aegina, an island near Athens. From there, the couple can no doubt see that his work is a long way from being realised. Greece is still ensnared by crisis. But his main political focus now is ‘agitating’ for a “democratic European Union”. Born in Athens in 1961, Yanis Varoufakis was six years old when the Greek state was seized by a … Continue reading

Why are we Eurosceptic?

There are many why people become sceptical of the European Union. For a long time, the Left was a stalwart supporter of the EU but this could well change. It has failed on three major fronts, none of which can be discounted easily: 1. Democracy – The European Union is a consolidation state, which allows the industrial and financial powerhouses of Europe to overcome old national barriers. This includes the problem of how to implement market reforms opposed by the majority of voters. The easy way around this is to nullify the sovereignty of a nation-state, as part of a … Continue reading