Yanis Varoufakis Quotes

We will compromise and compromise and compromise but we will never be compromised.

Nothing is more boring than talking to people who share my opinion anyway.

Fences and borders are a sign of weakness.

Had history been democratic in its ways, there would have been no farming and no indsturial revolution. Both leaps into the future were occasioned by unbearably painful crises that made most people wish they could recoil into the past.

I don’t believe a Brexit will hurt the City of London as one of the largest financial centers in the world.

Regular crises perpetuate the past by reinvigorating cycles which started long ago. In contrast, (capital-C) Crises are the past’s death knell. They function like laboratories in which the future is incubated. They have given us agriculture and the industrial revolution, technology and the labour contract, killer germs and antibiotics. Once they strike, the past ceases to be a reliable predictor of the future and a brave new world is born.

If the British think they can simply detach from the continent and sail towards the USA or China, then they are mistaken.

Anyone who toys with the idea of cutting off bits of the eurozone hoping the rest will survive is playing with fire.

The many refugees are not a Greek or German problem. They are a European problem. We should therefore develop a common strategy. That’s why I am launching a cross-border movement for more democracy.


I’m the finance minister of a bankrupt country!

Every sensible banker understands that Greece should not have received any more money: a bankrupt state that can never be expected to repay loans is not a good debtor.

Germany is Europe’s heart. But bitterness is widespread. Currently the Germans hate the Greeks and the Greeks hate the Germans. The demonization of the country has to stop if we want a strong Europe. So I am setting a positive example.

European Union partners never said European Union partners’re going to renege on any promises, European Union partners said that European Union partners promises concern a four-year parliamentary term, european Union partners will be spaced out in an optimal way, in a way that is in tune with our bargaining stance in Europe and also with the fiscal position of the Greek state.

The economic crisis has weakened the EU for years.