Heiner Flassbeck is a German economist, publisher, author and public intellectual. From 1998 to 1999 he was State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry of Finance where he also advised former finance minister Oskar Lafontaine on the reform of the European Monetary System. He became the Chief of Macroeconomics and Development of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and served there from 2003 to 2012. He publishes current and commentary opinion at http://www.flassbeck-economics.com. His latest book in English is “Against the Troika. Crisis and Austerity in the Eurozone” co-authored with Costas Lapavitsas and published by Verso in 2018.