Yanis Varoufakis

YANIS VAROUFAKIS is an economist, academic and politician. He was Greece’s finance minister from January 2015 until he resigned in protest against European Union-imposed austerity measures in July that year. Subsequently he co-founded DiEM25 (Democracy in Europe Movement). Today he leads its electoral arm, European Spring, a transnational political party that wants to “democratise” the EU, which it says will otherwise fall apart by 2025. Among its aspirations, European Spring wants, “A Technological Europe pressing new technologies in the service of solidarity”. Yanis has previously suggested that users should be given property rights over the revenue they generate for data-monetising tech companies – and that this revenue should contribute to a universal basic income.