Yanis Varoufakis

In 2015, Yanis Varoufakis became the world’s most prominent opponent of austerity when, as finance minister of Greece, he refused to accept the terms of the loan agreement dictated to his bankrupt country by the Eurozone’s leaders.

Since resigning his post he has become the figurehead of an international grassroots movement, speaking to audiences of thousands in cities across Europe.

Born in Athens in 1961, for many years he was a professor of economics in Britain, Australia and the UK before he entered politics. He is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Athens.

Yanis is the author of several books including The Global Minotaur and And the Weak Suffer What They Must? (Bodley Head, 2016). His latest project is a riveting account of his negotiations with the EU over Greece’s debt and bailout, Adults in the Room (Bodley Head), which went straight to No. 1 on publication in May 2017.