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Ex-UEA economics lecturer takes on role of Greece finance minister

He still describes himself on Twitter solely as an Economics professor, and continues to tweet unfiltered opinions on the European debt crisis just as he has for the past few years.

But Yanis Varoufakis, who taught Economics at UEA in the late 1980s, now has a new job: in the Syriza election victory of 2015, he was catapulted into the post of Finance Minister for the new far-left government.

Although he welcomes people describing him as a ‘moderate’, Varoufakis has already tangled with his share of confrontation, with a showdown looking likely between the European Central Bank and the new Greek government.

He has attracted the most attention in Britain so far mainly for his unconventional dress sense, turning up to visit UK Chancellor George Osborne in a leather jacket and boots while his British counterpart emerged from 10 Downing Street in a smooth suit and tie.

10/02/2015

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