Heard the news? Greece’s finance minister is no extremist – THE TELEGRAPH

Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis: Greece’s future finance minister is no extremist

The man touted as frontunner to be Syriza’s finance minister is not the socialist firebrand which one might expect

Syriza, a hard left party, that outrightly rejects EU-imposed austerity, has given Greek politics its greatest electoral shake-up in at least 40 years.

You might expect the frontrunner for the role of finance minister to be a radical zealot, who could throw Greece into the fire.

He is not.

Yanis Varoufakis, the man tipped to be at the core of whatever coalition Syriza forges, is obviously a man of the left.

Yet through his career, he has drawn on some of the most passionate advocates of free markets.

While consulting at computer games company Valve, Mr Varoufakis cited nobel-prize winner Friedrich Hayek and classical liberal Adam Smith, in order to bring…

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