Live on Mediapart: Yanis Varoufakis's view of Europe

Yanis Varoufakis was a guest on Friday's special live and open access broadcast from Mediapart. The broadcast came five days after Greece's Parliamentary elections and Alexis Tsipras's former finance minister gave his verdict and observations on the outcome. Yanis Varoufakis also set out his vision of Europe and the profound reforms that need to be carried out in the eurozone to ensure that the single currency is no longer the instrument of a generalised policy of austerity in Europe. Listen to the broadcast (Varoufakis spoke in English with simultaneous French translation).

Yanis Varoufakis was a guest on Friday's special live and open access broadcast from Mediapart. The broadcast came five days after Greece's Parliamentary elections and Alexis Tsipras's former finance minister gave his verdict and observations on the outcome. Yanis Varoufakis also set out his vision of Europe and the profound reforms that need to be carried out in the eurozone to ensure that the single currency is no longer the instrument of a generalised policy of austerity in Europe. Listen to the broadcast (Varoufakis spoke in English with simultaneous French translation).

The ex-minister was interviewed by the Mediapart editorial team and then debated with several other French and European participants. Listen to it here.

The programme:

6pm – 7pm. The big interview. The publishing world in the middle of a revolution
Presented by Joseph Confavreux.
Guest: Jean-Yves Mollier, professor of history at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and a specialist in the history of books and publishing. He has just published Une autre histoire de l'édition française ('An alternative history of French publishing'), with La Fabrique.
The rituals of the 'rentrée littéraire' – when a raft of books are published in early autumn – and the competition for book prizes give the impression that the book sector remains stable, even as changes in distribution, digitalisation and the dominance of finance are shaking the industry to its foundations.

7pm - 8pm. A look back on our investigations. Must the book of workplace regulations be torn up?
Presented by Frédéric Bonnaud and Mathilde Goanec

Prime minister Manuel Valls has confirmed it: France's workplace laws are going to undergo a profound revision. Debating this were:
Jean-Luc Bietlitz, employee and member of the CGT trade union at the company Smart in Moselle in north-east France. This workplace is a prime example of how collective negotiations are being put under pressure by the issue of employment (there was a proposal for staff to work 39 hours a week and be paid for 37 hours, a threat that the firm might relocate to Slovenia, a referendum was organised by management, the 'yes' vote won, the unions are blocking it...)
Judith Krivine, lawyer specialising in social law, involving the dispute over transport firm Mory Ducros in particular, and a partner at the Dellien law practice.
Jean-Pierre Le Crom, historian of social law, director of research at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) at Nantes in western France.
Astrid Toussaint, workplace inspector at Nancy, north-east France and an activist with the Sud Travail trade union.


8.30pm - 10.30pm. Yanis Varoufakis's Europe.

The former Greek finance minister is Mediapart's guest for a series of interviews. To begin with, Yanis Varoufakis was questioned by the Mediapart editorial team: Lénaïg Bredoux, Ludovic Lamant and Edwy Plenel.

Afterwards Thomas Coutrot, economist and a member of Attac France, and Aurore Lalucq, economist and co-director of the Institut Veblen,  debated with the ex-minister on the theme: what is Plan B?

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