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Mark Blyth: The Euro – an assessment in the midst of a European war | Q&A with Yanis Varoufakis

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16 April 2022, Athens, Greece Mark Blyth: The Euro – an assessment in the midst of a European war | Q&A with Yanis Varoufakis and the audience; in the context of mέta's colloquium "20 Years of Euro: An Assessment in the Shadow of a European War" (https://metacpc.org/en/activities/20-years-of-euro-an-assessment-in-the-shadow-of-a-european-war/) The introduction of the euro (exactly twenty years ago as Greece’s currency) was presented as a big promise of economic convergence and well-being, in the spirit of the even bigger promise of permanent peace in the European continent. However, as is all too evident by now, the euro was instrumental in dividing rather than uniting Europe, and it put in action centrifugal forces that undermined unification – a prerequisite for a common European

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16 April 2022, Athens, Greece

Mark Blyth: The Euro – an assessment in the midst of a European war | Q&A with Yanis Varoufakis and the audience; in the context of mέta's colloquium "20 Years of Euro: An Assessment in the Shadow of a European War" (https://metacpc.org/en/activities/20-years-of-euro-an-assessment-in-the-shadow-of-a-european-war/)



The introduction of the euro (exactly twenty years ago as Greece’s currency) was presented as a big promise of economic convergence and well-being, in the spirit of the even bigger promise of permanent peace in the European continent. However, as is all too evident by now, the euro was instrumental in dividing rather than uniting Europe, and it put in action centrifugal forces that undermined unification – a prerequisite for a common European foreign policy and defense policy. Today, in the context of the biggest military conflict on European soil since decades, a critical re-evaluation of the twenty-year-long history of the common currency is more urgent than ever.

In the colloquium organised by mέta on the 16th of April at Athens’ Technopolis’ we analyse the introduction of the common currency, its impact during the last two decades, its geopolitical, ideological, and cultural dimensions while contemplating alternatives in the era of digital money.
Yanis Varoufakis
An accidental economist Let me begin with a confession: I am a Professor of Economics who has never really trained as an economist. But let’s take things one at a time.

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