We look at how the Ukraine war is contributing to an energy crisis across Europe with Greek politician and economist Yanis Varoufakis. Last week Russia announced it would not resume sending natural gas to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, blaming Western sanctions for supposed maintenance delays keeping the gas shut off. Prior to the war, Russia supplied Europe with 40% of its natural gas, but now European nations must find ways to cope with fuel shortages and soaring energy prices as winter approaches. Varoufakis says a history of market liberalization and reliance on cheap Russian gas has left the continent scrambling, in turn pushing up energy costs in the Global South as richer European countries buy up other sources of energy. “Yet again, Europe is exporting misery to the rest of the world,” says Varoufakis, a member of the Greek Parliament and former finance minister.
Costas Lapavitsas explains why Leftists and the Labour Party should not support remaining in the neo-liberal EU. We at Brave New Europe don’t take a position on Brexit. While we recognise that many dark and […]
Yanis Varoufakis – Europe’s Recovery Fund: An Instrument of Class War against Weaker Europeans everywhere
Yanis Varoufakis on the current crisis and class war in the EU. Yanis Varoufakis, a former finance minister of Greece, is leader of the MeRA25 party and Professor of Economics at the University of Athens. […]