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In 140 Characters: Yanis Varoufakis



@yanisvaroufakis You left office about a year ago – any regrets? #i140c #eurocrisis

@berlinpolicy None whatsoever. Once it was no longer possible to do good for Greece as minister, there was no reason to stay in office.


@yanisvaroufakis Your proudest moment as #Greece’s Minister of Finance?

@berlinpolicy 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!”


@yanisvaroufakis Since you left, #Greek #euro crisis no longer dominating Europe’s headlines – #coincidence?

@berlinpolicy My departure ended a rebellion against debt bondage slavery. Slavery does not create headlines. A slaves’ revolt does.


@yanisvaroufakis Describe your relationship with Wolfgang #Schäuble.

@berlinpolicy An interesting relationship between finance ministers of a strong & a weak country who were equally powerless to do what was right.


@yanisvaroufakis Any takeaway from the #finger #boehmermann affair? #Varoufake

@berlinpolicy That satire is despised by despots and only appreciated deeply by humanists (even if it comes at a political cost to them).


@yanisvaroufakis You recently came out as an admirer of Margaret #Thatcher – elaborate. #oppositesattract

@berlinpolicy I admired something prescient once said by a political opponent. If we cannot do this, politics is inhuman.


@yanisvaroufakis You were once dubbed “Most interesting man in the world” by .@businessinsider – are you? #nofalsemodesty

@berlinpolicy If this is true, the world has become very boring.


@yanisvaroufakis You are critical of the #EU but pro-#European – how does that work?

@berlinpolicy In the same way that to be a good patriot you must often be searchingly critical of your government.


@yanisvaroufakis Do you think there would have been a #Brexit if there had been no #austerity?

@berlinpolicy No.


@yanisvaroufakis In 2015 you started democracy movement .@DiEM_25 in #Berlin. Do its aims fit into the current framework of the #EU?

@berlinpolicy DiEM25 believes that the EU is disintegrating. We must stabilize Europe’s economy first, before radically democratizing the EU.


@yanisvaroufakis Any realistic hope to fulfill .@DiEM_25 ‘s demands?

@berlinpolicy Did the initiators of the anti-slavery movement think their demand was utopian? You bet they did! So what? They succeeded.


@yanisvaroufakis Describe a day in the life of #Varoufakis.

@berlinpolicy Writing, reading, debating late in the day, and, at some point, chatting, watching, and listening with my partner-in-everything.


@yanisvaroufakis You’re a fan of #motorcycles. Favorite model and/or place to ride?

@berlinpolicy Yamaha XJR1300, coastal roads in northern and southern Attica, the Peloponnese plus wonderful B roads on Scotland’s West Coast.


@yanisvaroufakis What cause are you most passionate about today? #i140c

@berlinpolicy Democratizing Europe (against the troika’s will) in order to prevent a return of the 1930s in some vicious postmodern form.


Read more in the Berlin Policy Journal App – September/October 2016 issue.