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Greece and the Eurozone with Yanis Varoufakis

Cultural discussion show. Andrew Marr discusses Greece and the eurozone with Yanis Varoufakis, Erik Berglof, Gerard Lyons, Paul Cartledge and Karen Van Dyck.

On Start the Week Andrew Marr discusses the state of the Eurozone and the politics of austerity with the economist and former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, the Director of the Institute of Global Affairs Erik Berglof and the Mayor of London's Chief Economic Advisor, Gerard Lyons. Yanis Varoufakis tracks the problems of the Eurozone to its woeful design and its continued reliance on debt and austerity, rather than reform. The classicist Paul Cartledge explores the history of democracy back to its birthplace in Athens and traces the long slow degradation of the original Greek concept. Since the crisis in 2008 Greece has been in economic and political turmoil but there has also been a cultural renaissance. The academic Karen Van Dyck has brought together the best of contemporary Greek poetry by multi-ethnic poets in a new anthology.

Producer: Katy Hickman

Presenter: Andrew Marr.

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43 minutes

Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister of Greece, is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Athens.

And The Weak Suffer What They Must? is published by Bodley Head.

Gerard Lyons

Gerard Lyons is Chief Economic Advisor to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

The Consolations of Economics was published by Faber & Faber.

Erik Berglof

Erik Berglof is Director of the Institute for Global Affairs at the LSE.

Paul Cartledge

Paul Cartledge is A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture Emeritus at the University of Cambridge.

Democracy: A Life is published by Oxford University Press.

Karen Van Dyck

Karen Van Dyck is the Kimon A. Doukas Professor of Modern Greek Literature in the Classics Department at Columbia University.

Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry, edited by Karen Van Dyck, is published by Penguin.


Role Contributor
Presenter Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest Yanis Varoufakis
Interviewed Guest Paul Cartledge
Interviewed Guest Karen Van Dyck
Interviewed Guest Erik Berglof
Interviewed Guest Gerard Lyons
Producer Katy Hickman