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An avid motorcyclist, Yanis Varoufakis arrives on at Maximos Mansion to attend a meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens in May, 2015. (Kostas Tsironis/REUTERS)
An avid motorcyclist, Yanis Varoufakis arrives on at Maximos Mansion to attend a meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens in May, 2015. (Kostas Tsironis/REUTERS)

Yanis Varoufakis: A Greek warrior sets sights on a new battle Add to ...

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The explosive public career of Yanis Varoufakis started in January, 2015, and ended less than six months later, when he resigned as Greek finance minister after accusing his boss, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, of wholesale sellout – “surrender,” he called it – to Greece’s bailout overlords. Like a Greek Mad Max, the world’s most famous finance minister at the time, true to his theatrical style, swung his leg over his high-powered Yamaha and fled the corruption and decay of Athens with a roar of the motorcycle’s engine.

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