Brexit: An unorthodox view

Thanasis Gavos   Friday, 27 January 2017; 8:00-9:30pm
Brexit, Guardian Live, Yanis Varoufakis

A Guardian Live event with Yanis Varoufakis and others.

A troubled Britain is on its way out of a troubled European Union. Disintegration and xenophobia are in the air. The government in London is in disarray. But so is every other government in Europe, not to mention the European Commission whose authority is tending increasingly towards zero.

The only forces to be gathering strength everywhere are those of what might be called a Nationalist International, spreading their belligerent reach to Trump’s America. Bellicose nativism is on the rise propagating a thinly-veiled discursive ethnic cleansing. Even sections of the Left are succumbing to arguments in favour of retreating behind the nation-state and stricter border controls.

Srećko Horvat, a Croat philosopher, Elif Shafak, renowned Turkish novelist, and Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s former finance minister, bring to this conversation an intriguing perspective. As intellectuals who know Britain well, they understand first hand the perils of nationalism, disintegration, isolationism and marginalisation. They will place post-Brexit Britain in a context informed by a view of Europe and Britain from the continent’s opposite ‘corner’, sharing insights from Greece’s tensions with Brussels and Berlin, Yugoslavia’s disintegration, and Turkey’s fraught relationship with a Europe that both courts and marginalises it.

Moderated by Owen Jones, a passionate campaigner for a quite different Britain in a quite different Europe, it promises to be an evening that restores confidence in Britain’s and Europe’s humanist and internationalist potential.

Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.

Wheelchair users and visitors who require an assistant may bring a companion free of charge. To book a free companion ticket please email [email protected]


  • Stephen Savva
    Jan 18, 2017 @ 14:56 pm

    I don’t know who wrote the above piece but its absolute left-wing rubbish. There are two sides to every story. Why would anyone want to listen to Yanis Varofakis lecture the rest of us – after he single-handedly destroyed Greece’s economy? I would have come along to this event, if it had a sensible and balanced panel. As it is I have no intention of listening to a bunch of left-wing communist lunatics. You use terms such as ‘xenophobia’? ‘The Government in London is in disarray’? Really? What country do you live in to make such an absurd claim? ‘Ethnic cleaning’? How can you apply such disgraceful terms to those of us who sensibly voted to leave the EU? Many many Greeks I know living in the UK voted to leave the EU – including me.

    Your description of the event is incredibly disrespectful to those of us who quite rightly voted to leave the EU. We value democracy and freedom above all else – and as Greeks – you should understand that. I find it amazing that you can’t understand why we voted to leave the EU – after what the EU has done to Greece. As for your description of the panel speakers as ‘intellectuals’ – you cannot be serious?

    You need to show some respect to those of us who voted to leave the EU, as we are sensible and moderate people. I would also suggest you get someone with a brain to sit on the panel – rather than a bunch of failed and bitter communists.


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