CES-UC Doctoral Programmes Inaugural Lecture

Democratising the Eurozone

Yanis Varoufakis (Universidade de Atenas)

October 17, 2015, 16h00

Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra Auditorium


Yanis Varoufakis, economist and professor, former Ministry of Finances of the Greek Government (between January and July 2015), is the keynote speaker at the inaugural lecture of CES-UC Doctoral Programmes. The Centre for Social Studies (CES) offers a wide range of Doctoral Programmes, in partnership with the Faculties of the University of Coimbra (FEUC, FDUC, FLUC, III-UC), and also with other Portuguese universities (University of Lisbon, Aveiro, Algarve) and foreign (Bologna, Paris-Ouest, Eduardo Mondlane and Federal Fluminense), boosting the synergies created by the advanced research here developed.


Yanis Varoufakis read mathematics and economics at the Universities of Essex and Birmingham. He has been professor of economics at the Universities of East Anglia, Cambridge, Sydney, Glasgow, Athens and Texas, as well as an in-house economist for a software company.

He is the author of a number of books, including The Global Minotaur: America, Europe and the Future of the World Economy. His next book, to be published in April 2016 by Nation Books (New York), is entitled: And the Weak Suffer What They Must? The next phase of the global crisis.

Varoufakis was, in his own words, 'thrust onto the public scene by Europe’s inane handling of an inevitable crisis'. He was elected to Greece's Parliament with the largest share of votes in January 2015 and served as Greece’s Finance Minister (January to July 2015). During his term he experienced first hand the intricate and complex functioning of Europe’s top decision-making bodies (including the Eurogroup), the IMF, as well as the global political, economic and financial arena.

He is a passionate on issues relating to the on going Greek calamity, the Eurozone, the future direction of Europe, the global economy (especially in the context of the 2008 crisis), economic thinking, digital money and trends in contemporary capitalism.

For more information see his own site.