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And the weak suffer what they must? : Europe, austerity and the threat to global stability

Author: Yanis Varoufakis
Publisher: London : The Bodley Head, [2016].
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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""The strong do as they can and the weak suffer what they must."--Thucydides The fate of the global economy hangs in the balance, and Europe is doing its utmost to undermine it, to destabilize America, and to spawn new forms of authoritarianism. Europe has dragged the world into hideous morasses twice in the last one hundred years ... it can do it again. Yanis Varoufakis, the former Finance Minister of Greece, shows  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Yanis Varoufakis
ISBN: 9781847924032 1847924034 9781568585048 1568585047 9781568585642 1568585640
OCLC Number: 1015497722
Awards: Short-listed for Parliamentary Book Awards: Best Political Book by a non-Parliamentarian 2016
Description: xxi, 318 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Preface: The red blanket --
And the weak suffer what they must --
An indecent proposal --
Troubled pilgrims --
Trojan horse --
The one that got away --
The reverse alchemists --
Back to the future --
Europe's crisis, America's future --
From dissonance to harmony.
Responsibility: Yanis Varoufakis.

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""The strong do as they can and the weak suffer what they must."--Thucydides The fate of the global economy hangs in the balance, and Europe is doing its utmost to undermine it, to destabilize America, and to spawn new forms of authoritarianism. Europe has dragged the world into hideous morasses twice in the last one hundred years ... it can do it again. Yanis Varoufakis, the former Finance Minister of Greece, shows here that the Eurozone is a house of cards destined to fall without a radical change in direction. And, if the European Union falls apart, he argues, the global economy will not be far behind. Once America abandoned Europe in 1971 from the dollar zone, Europe's leaders decided to create a monetary union of 18 nations without control of their own money, without democratic accountability, and without a government to support the Central Bank. This bizarre economic super-power was equipped with none of the shock absorbers necessary to contain a financial crisis, while its design ensured that, when it came, the crisis would be massive. When disaster hit in 2009, Varoufakis argues that Europe turned against itself, humiliating millions of innocent citizens, driving populations to despair, and buttressing a form of bigotry unseen since the Second World War. Here, Varoufakis offers concrete policies that the rest of the world can take part in to intervene and help save Europe from impending catastrophe, and presents the ultimate case against austerity. With passionate, informative, and at times humorous prose, he warns that the implosion of an admittedly crisis-ridden and deeply irrational European capitalism should be avoided at all cost"--

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