Costas Lapavitsas is a candidate standing for election on Syriza’s list. He is a Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is a member of Research on Money and Finance (RMF). He was the lead author of the RMF reports published by Verso as Crisis in the Eurozone. His previous publications include Social Foundations of Markets, Money and Credit and Political Economy of Money and Finance and Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All.
Ahead of Alexis Tsipras’ meeting with Angela Merkel tonight on the sidelines of the EU summit in Riga, we share an interview given on Monday by Costas Lapavitsas, Syriza MP and co-author of Against the Troika, in which Lapavitsas urges a Greek exit from the Euro. "If one finds himself in a trap is it a disaster to try and get out of it? Is it better to wait until death comes?"
See the interview, with English interpretation after 40 minutes, here. A summary of the interview, by ThePressProject, is below.
Below, we re-publish perspectives from three leading commentators on the situation in Greece. Stathis Kouvelakis, who teaches political theory at King’s College London and serves on Syriza's central committee; Luciana Castellina, a leading figure of the Italian left; and Costas Lapavitsas, Syriza MP, Professor of Economics at SOAS and co-author of Against the Troika: Crisis and Austerity in the Eurozone.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and Yanis Varoufakis after a meeting in February. Source: Michael Kappeler/European Pressphoto Agency