Yanis Varoufakis: ‘I was missing my daughter so badly’

He was Greece’s finance minister during part of the debt crisis. A more intimate crisis inspired him to write a book explaining economics to his teenage daughter

Yanis Varoufakis is telling me about the birth of his daughter, Xenia. “What I felt was an immense weight of responsibility,” he says. “Absolutely blind love and the sense of focusing on one individual.” But the experience didn’t make him feel like a different person. “It didn’t change my internal constitution or the way I looked at the world.”

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I try not to be negative in the book. I try to tell her what is fascinating and what is wrong

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