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7 Things You Should Know About Yanis Varoufakis, Greece's Cool New Finance Minister

27/01/2015 14:22 GMT | Updated 27/01/2015 14:59 GMT

Anti-austerity party Syriza has swept into power in Greece, with leader Alexis Tsipras now leading a coalition government with the Independent Greeks.

Tsipras has appointed a leading anti-austerity critic, Yanis Varoufakis, as his finance minister. Varoufakis' role will be especially significant as Greece tries to drag itself out of the economic mire.

Dr George Kyris, lecturer in politics at Birmingham University, told the Guardian that "while often very confrontational, Varoufakis might well provide a very good example of how Syriza has adjusted and has become more moderate, something which, after all, could be seen as a reason for its victory in last Sunday’s elections.”

Here are seven things you need to know about Greece's new finance chief.

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