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Video: Yanis Varoufakis Holds Rally for Left-Wing MEP Candidates in Greece

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis held a rally in Athens on Wednesday in support of MEP candidates from the European Realistic Disobedience Front party on the eve of the European parliamentary elections.

Varoufakis criticized current EU policies regarding Russia and Catalonia and past issues such as their handling of the Greek financial crisis.

“Christine Lagarde and International Monetary Fund said what I was saying since 2009,” he said. “Christine Lagarde and the International Monetary Fund two days ago said that the memorandum was not made to save Greece but to save two German and two French banks.”

The party, abbreviated as MeRA25, was founded by Varoufakis in 2018 as an alliance of left, green and liberal Greeks. Currently represented by one MEP in the European Parliament, it advocates for Europeanism, with one of its policies being the creation of a fund by the European Central Bank, which would use its profits to combat poverty in the EU.

“Poor families will be able, with the signature of Mario Draghi, to buy food, to pay electricity bills, to meet their basic needs. That moment they will feel like European citizens,” he said. “This is what Europeanism means.”

A total of 751 Members of the European Parliament will be elected over the weekend, representing 512 million citizens of the 28 member states. Polling stations in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom were the first to open European Union.

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Adults In The Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment

By Yanis Varoufakis

What happens when you take on the establishment? In this blistering, personal account, world-famous economist Yanis Varoufakis blows the lid on Europe’s hidden agenda and exposes what actually goes on in its corridors of power.

Varoufakis sparked one of the most spectacular and controversial battles in recent political history when, as finance minister of Greece, he attempted to re-negotiate his country’s relationship with the EU. Despite the mass support of the Greek people and the simple logic of his arguments, he succeeded only in provoking the fury of Europe’s political, financial and media elite. But the true story of what happened is almost entirely unknown – not least because so much of the EU’s real business takes place behind closed doors. 

In this fearless account, Varoufakis reveals all: an extraordinary tale of brinkmanship, hypocrisy, collusion and betrayal that will shake the deep establishment to its foundations.

As is now clear, the same policies that required the tragic and brutal suppression of Greece’s democratic uprising have led directly to authoritarianism, populist revolt and instability throughout the Western world. 

Adults In The Room is an urgent wake-up call to renew European democracy before it is too late.


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