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Greek FinMin Varoufakis among 10 World Thinkers 2015

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is among the World Thinkers 2015. In a online voting poll conducted by the Prospect Magazine, Varoufakis comes second after French economist Thomas Picketty, whose book Capital in the Twenty-First Century had sold a remarkable 1.5m copies worldwide in several languages.

Several of the other thinkers in the top 10 are Yanis Varoufakis, Naomi Klein, Paul Krugman and Russell Brand as well as philosopher Juergen Habermas.

The magazine writes on Yanis Varoufakis:

“Syriza’s victory in January’s Greek general election was in no small part due to the efforts of Yanis Varoufakis, now installed as Finance Minister. Varoufakis, who holds a PhD in game theory from the University of Essex, and calls himself an “accidental economist,” first set out an alternative to German-imposed austerity in 2010. The restructuring of Greece’s debt that Varoufakis has been trying to sell to other eurozone leaders has its origins in those proposals. Whether Varoufakis succeeds in persuading Angela Merkel of its merits remains to be seen. The portents, however, are not auspicious—some European leaders are said to be tiring of Varoufakis’s habit of saying one thing in negotiations in Brussels and another to audiences at home.”

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6 comments

  1. Russell Brand a “world thinker”???
    God help the world!

    • When you’re in the company of russel Brand, you know you have it made…
      this has got to be a joke, Russel Brand?????

  2. have either of the two commentators ever listened to Russell Brand? I have.

    • I had the “pleasure” of hearing him defend his “social revolution”. Never heard anything as shallow as the verbal diarrhea this guy comes out with… God knows why J. Paxman didn’t slaughter him there and then, which he easily could have. I suppose it makes for bad TV to show the flavour of the month up for the fraud he is…Sorry to burst your bubble, R. Brand is nothing but yet another media whore whose sole purpose is to get people talking about HIM, and any excuse will do to achieve this. Even pretending to have developed a social conscience while sitting on a ery unsocial business empire worth millions. Can’t help but wonder how many offshore accounts he owns… He speaks in headlines, but without substance. He is simply another product of “celebrity” fascination, lots of noise, no bite and like all the others of his ilk boring, self-centered, shallow, tedious and extremely irritating…

  3. For Yannis Varoukas is it a good Thing.
    the Greek Goverment shout Keep him.

  4. sorry it is Varouvakis