Yannis Dragasakis

Yannis Dragasakis (Greek: Γιάννης Δραγασάκης; born 1 January 1947) is a Greek politician and who served as Deputy Prime Minister of Greece from 27 January to 28 August 2015 and 23 September 2015 to 8 July 2019. He is a member of the Greek Parliament for the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) for the Athens B constituency.

Yannis Dragasakis
Γιάννης Δραγασάκης
Giannis Dragasakis a Mar 25 2016 cropped.jpg
Deputy Prime Minister of Greece
In office
23 September 2015 – 8 July 2019
Prime MinisterAlexis Tsipras
Succeeded byPanagiotis Pikrammenos
In office
27 January 2015 – 28 August 2015
Prime MinisterAlexis Tsipras
Preceded byEvangelos Venizelos
Minister for Economy and Development
In office
28 February 2018 – 8 July 2019
Prime MinisterAlexis Tsipras
Preceded byDimitri B. Papadimitriou
Succeeded byAdonis Georgiadis
4th Deputy Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament
In office
Preceded byTasos Kourakis
Succeeded byNikitas Kaklamanis
In office
7 October 2008 – 14 October 2009
Succeeded byAthanasios Leventis
Alternate Minister of National Economy
In office
13 November 1989 – 13 February 1990
Prime MinisterXenophon Zolotas
Member of the Hellenic Parliament
for Athens B
In office
22 September 1996 – 7 September 2009
In office
6 May 2012 – 28 August 2015
Member of the Hellenic Parliament for
In office
5 November 1989 – 22 September 1996
Personal details
Born (1947-01-01) 1 January 1947 (age 76)
Anatoli, Lasithi, Greece
Political partySyriza
Other political

Early life and educationEdit

Dragasakis was born in the village of Anatoli, Lasithi, Crete. He studied political science and economics in Greece and at London School of Economics and has worked as an economist, researcher and business advisor [1] for different companies in Europe. He was a member of the mission of the Greek Parliament in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.[2][3][4]

Political careerEdit

He was a prominent member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Greece until 1991 when he resigned to join Synaspismos, and became one of their founding members. He later became a member of Syriza.

Dragasakis was first elected as a Member of the Hellenic Parliament (MP) in 1989 for the Coalition of the Left of Movements and Ecology, in the constituency of Chania. He was re-elected in 1996 for Athens B. At all subsequent elections, he has been re-elected, but since 2004, he has stood for Syriza.

On 13 November 1989, he was appointed Alternate Minister of National Economy in the Ecumenical Cabinet of Xenophon Zolotas, and served in this role until 13 February 1990, when he was removed in a cabinet reshuffle.[2]

On 7 October 2008, he was elected as Deputy Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament, the first Deputy Speaker from Syriza's parliamentary group. He served for a one-year period, but was elected again in 2012, serving the whole legislative period until December 2014.[5]

Dragasakis is one of the "economic quartet" of Syriza, the four main economists responsible for their economic policy, alongside Euclid Tsakalotos, Giorgos Stathakis and John Milios.[6]

Deputy Prime MinisterEdit

Following the January 2015 legislative election, Syriza formed a coalition government with ANEL. Alexis Tsipras, the leader of Syriza, became Prime Minister, and in turn appointed Dragasakis as Deputy Prime Minister. In March 2015, Dragasakis co-authored an article in the Financial Times with Yanis Varoufakis and Euclid Tsakalotos that asked Greece's creditors to give them a chance.[7]

After Yanis Varoufakis, the Minister of Finance, resigned on 6 July, Dragasakis was named as a potential successor.[8] Varoufakis was later succeeded by Euclid Tsakalotos.

Personal lifeEdit

Dragasakis speaks English as well as Greek. He has two daughters, Marianna and Rinio.[2] Friends have described him as "rigid and inflexible in terms of socialist perspective", but also tactical as he "the realism of everyday life". He has also been described as "grounded in reality".[6]

According to Stathis Kouvelakis, former Syriza spokesperson, Dragasakis is widely considered to have strong personal relationships with the Greek bankers,[9] going back to his early career.[10]


  1. ^ "Who Is Who in the New Greek Government". GreekReporter.com. 2015-02-01. Retrieved 2022-02-22.
  2. ^ a b c "Ioannis Dragasakis". Hellenic Parliament. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  3. ^ Who is hiding behind the economic programme of SYRIZA
  4. ^ How British universities helped mould Syriza’s political elite
  5. ^ "Former Deputy Speakers". Hellenic Parliament. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Who is hiding behind the economic programme of SYRIZA". GR Reporter. 5 June 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  7. ^ Dragasakis, Yannis (17 March 2015). "All we ask is that Europe give Greece a chance". Financial Times. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  8. ^ Brinded, Lisa (6 July 2015). "One of these four people will replace Yanis Varoufakis". Business Insider UK. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  9. ^ Sebastian Budgen (2015-07-14). "Greece: The Struggle Continues". Jacobin. Retrieved 2020-03-07.
  10. ^ Yanis Varoufakis. Adults in the room: my battle with europe's deep establishment. p. 85. ISBN 978-1-78470-576-3.

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Political offices
Preceded by Deputy Prime Minister of Greece
27 January 2015 – 8 July 2019
Succeeded by