By Chris Marsden, 16 February 2015
Various pseudo-left groups have moved from providing political apologies for Syriza’s coalition with the Independent Greeks to fully embracing the alliance as a model to be emulated
By Robert Stevens, 14 February 2015
Since it was elected on January 25 on an anti-austerity ticket, Syriza has made one concession after another, including ditching pre-election pledges to write off a large part of the debt.
By Christoph Dreier, 13 February 2015
In the talks with the EU, the Syriza government is preparing to implement new austerity measures and "respect the European rules."
By Robert Stevens, 12 February 2015
The talks in Brussels on Greek bailout terms failed to reach agreement even on a statement of principles as to how discussions should proceed.
By Christoph Dreier, 11 February 2015
The Greek government has announced a ten-point program that retains large parts of the previous government’s austerity program.
By Robert Stevens, 10 February 2015
On Wednesday, a meeting of finance ministers from the euro zone countries will discuss the Greek crisis.
By Nick Beams, 9 February 2015
British Chancellor George Osborne has indicated the UK government has made preparations for the Greek exit from the euro zone.
By Peter Schwarz, 7 February 2015
Syriza leaders are traveling across Europe to assure governments they can rely on the party to push through “deep reforms."
By Robert Stevens, 6 February 2015
At a press conference with his German counterpart, Greece’s new finance minister pleaded with the European powers to “use us to implement the European programme.”
By Nick Beams, 6 February 2015
The European Central Bank has tightened its grip on both the Greek government and the country’s banking system.
By Alex Lantier, 5 February 2015
As Syriza leaders reiterate their willingness to accommodate the demands of European governments, the banks are pressing for intensified attacks on the working class in Greece.
By Ulrich Rippert, 5 February 2015
The position of the German ruling class is that the elections in Greece must have no impact on the policies dictated by the European banks and their political representatives.
By Robert Stevens, 4 February 2015
The Financial Times lauded Syriza’s request for “debt swaps” as deserving of a “full and even sympathetic hearing.”
By Robert Stevens, 2 February 2015
If Greece fails to reach an agreement with its creditors on €3.5 billion due in February and March, funding could be withdrawn from its banks.
By Robert Stevens, 30 January 2015
The bourgeois character of the new Greek government is exposed first of all in Syriza’s political alliance with the Independent Greeks, a right-wing nationalist party.
By Robert Stevens, 29 January 2015
Panos Kammenos, leader of the right-wing Independent Greeks, has built close links to the military and demanded his party be given control over defence.
By James Cogan, 29 January 2015
Socialist Alternative’s enthusiasm stems from years of promoting illusions in Syriza and presenting it as a model for new “left” formations internationally.
By Peter Schwarz, 28 January 2015
The new government of Alexis Tsipras has unleashed a wave of enthusiasm within pseudo-left organisations in Greece and internationally.
By Robert Stevens, 28 January 2015
The Independent Greeks party, Syriza’s coalition partner, is a staging post for some of the most reactionary layers in Greek society.
By Robert Stevens, 27 January 2015
Syriza‘s programme has been developed in close collaboration with sections of international finance capital.
By Chris Marsden, 27 January 2015
Syriza has come to power based upon a programme that articulates the interests of a powerful section of the Greek bourgeoisie and more privileged sections of the upper-middle class.
By Alex Lantier, 26 January 2015
While the election result reflects broad popular opposition to austerity in Greece and across Europe, Syriza is committed to the EU, the euro and the defense of capitalism.
On-the-spot coverage from Greece
By our reporters, 26 January 2015
The economic crisis has forced hundreds of thousands of Greek workers and young people to leave the country in search of jobs and better prospects.
By Peter Schwarz, 24 January 2015
Despite its left-wing facade, Syriza is a bourgeois party that rests on affluent layers of the middle class.
By our reporters, 24 January 2015
Alexis Tsipras promised that, should his party come to power, it would guarantee the existing political and social order.
By our reporters, 23 January 2015
Mass unemployment has been a permanent feature of Greek life since the imposition of austerity measures in 2010.
By our reporters, 22 January 2015
Tens of thousands of Greeks now rely on food handouts and soup kitchens as a consequence of devastating austerity measures.
By Robert Stevens, 21 January 2015
The Greek sections of the International Socialist Tendency and the Committee for a Workers International are backing SYRIZA as it prepares to take power in defense of capitalism.
By Robert Stevens, 16 January 2015
The Financial Times is trumpeting SYRIZA’s policy because it offers rich pickings for the global financial oligarchy
By Robert Stevens, 8 January 2015
SYRIZA is asking the pseudo-left outfits to join a government dedicated to the defence of capitalism.
By Johannes Stern, 6 January 2015
German leaders are threatening Greece with an exit from the euro zone if the new government does not uphold the agreements reached with the European Union.
By Robert Stevens, 6 January 2015
SYRIZA’s programme has been developed in the course of intense discussions with leading political representatives of the international financial elite.
By Nick Beams, 6 January 2015
The main factor in the fall in US markets appears to have been the further sharp decline in oil prices.
By Alex Lantier, 31 December 2014
With all of the principal parties of bourgeois rule deeply discredited, the ruling class is turning to SYRIZA, the “Coalition of the Radical Left,” in an effort to head off a revolutionary crisis.
By Robert Stevens, 30 December 2014
The fall of the New Democracy-led government is an expression of a deep crisis of bourgeois rule in Greece and heightens political instability across Europe.
By Christoph Dreier, 30 December 2014
German political and business figures responded aggressively to the failure to elect a Greek president, making clear they will give no ground on austerity policies.
By Stefan Steinberg, 30 December 2014
Both the Greek and Italian ferry services have been under pressure to reduce their operating costs as part of austerity measures dictated by the EU and IMF.
By Robert Stevens, 24 December 2014
If parliament fails to elect a head of state on December 29, general elections will be triggered.
By Robert Stevens, 23 December 2014
Syriza seeks to renegotiate, not abolish, the European Union-IMF austerity program.
By Robert Stevens, 11 December 2014
The Greek stock market fell by almost 13 percent on Tuesday after Prime Minister Antonis Samaras called early presidential elections.
By John Vassilopulos, 22 November 2014
Athens was placed on virtual lockdown by an enormous police presence just days after tens of thousands gathered to mark the military junta’s crushing of a student uprising 41 years ago.
By John Vassilopulos, 11 November 2014
Students protested a new testing regime that pits schools and students against one another in competition for education resources.
By John Vassilopoulos, 13 October 2014
The vote of confidence was taken after an opinion poll put pseudo-left opposition party SYRIZA ahead of the ruling New Democracy.
By Christoph Dreier, 27 September 2014
The Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) is positioning itself to take the leading role in imposing austerity measures against the Greek population.
By John Vassilopoulos, 24 September 2014
Greek police carried out mass arrests and attacked demonstrators at a protest marking the first anniversary since the killing of rapper Pavlos Fyssas by a fascist Golden Dawn member.
By Robert Stevens, 13 September 2014
Greece has to demonstrate that it has imposed the necessary attacks on workers living standards and will match an agreed timetable for further measures to receive additional loans.
By John Vassilopoulos, 6 August 2014
Four men on trial for opening fire on a group of Bangladeshi strawberry pickers were freed by a Greek court.
By John Vassilopoulos, 23 July 2014
Conditions at the China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco) Pireaus facilities are notorious, with accidents being a common occurrence.
By John Vassilopoulos, 15 July 2014
Local police are playing a central role in silencing opposition to the inhuman conditions the workers face, including the non-payment of wages.
By John Vassilopoulos, 5 July 2014
Workers at the Public Power Corporation in Greece began a 48-hour strike from midnight on Wednesday.
By John Vassilopoulos, 24 June 2014
A total of 271 private meetings were held between the Greek delegation and Chinese investors.
By Robert Stevens, 20 June 2014
Laid-off cleaners, who were recently attacked by riot police, continued their protests this week.
By Robert Stevens, 14 June 2014
Virtually all loan funds go towards paying off Greece’s debt to international financial institutions.
By Christoph Dreier, 29 May 2014
The results of the election for the European Parliament in Greece reflect the population’s hostility to the government and the EU’s austerity policies.
By Stefan Steinberg, 20 May 2014
The central government in Athens suffered a blow in central populated areas of Greece in the regional and municipal elections held on Sunday.
By Stefan Steinberg, 12 April 2014
German Chancellor Angela Merkel flew to Athens Friday to bolster the prospects of the right-wing government of Antonis Samaras in the forthcoming European elections.
By Patrick Martin, 10 April 2014
The strike call was widely observed, but few workers attended rallies called by the two main union confederations, which have helped implement deep social cuts.
By John Vassilopoulos, 8 April 2014
Panayiotis Baltakos was seen as the “No. 2” man in the government, co-ordinating its policies.
By Robert Stevens, 1 April 2014
The latest agreement between the European Union-led troika and the Greek government includes measures to limit the right to strike.
By Robert Stevens, 24 March 2014
Under the slogan “politics for everyone”, founder Stavros Theodorakis advances the conception that it is possible to achieve a national economic revival within the framework of the capitalist profit system.
By Katerina Selin, 13 March 2014
Students in Greece protesting for the right to an education are facing prosecution and possible imprisonment.
By Christoph Dreier, 11 March 2014
The German president exhibited all of the dishonesty and hypocrisy that have become his political trademarks on his three-day trip to Greece.
By Robert Stevens, 28 February 2014
The closure of the entire state-run outpatient clinic network for one month to introduce the new Primary Healthcare Network could lead to thousands of job losses.
By Robert Stevens, 25 February 2014
One of the police raids took place at the Keratsini High School on February 8, where students questioned by police were singled out because they had participated in a protest occupation of the school in October.
By Robert Stevens, 10 February 2014
The SYRIZA coalition has acknowledged that if it came to power, it would pay back the vast bulk of the country’s debt.
By Robert Stevens, 29 January 2014
Demands for further austerity come after the Council of State ruled previous wage cuts to the armed forces, police, coast guard and firemen unconstitutional.
By Robert Stevens, 25 January 2014
Afghan and Syrian refugees were allegedly “pushed back” towards Turkey.
By Christoph Dreier, 19 December 2013
The 25 parties which make up the European Left have a long tradition of defending the bourgeois order.
By John Vassilopoulos, 12 December 2013
The death of a 13 year old girl in Greece, from carbon monoxide poisoning, is the latest of many social tragedies resulting from years of brutal austerity.
By Christoph Dreier, 11 December 2013
On Saturday the Greek parliament passed a budget for 2014 that includes further spending cuts and layoffs.
By Christoph Dreier, 20 November 2013
Four decades since the Greek junta attacked the Polytechnio in Athens, the Greek government is again threatening to attack protesting university staff and students.
By our reporter, 16 November 2013
At least 12 more migrants, reportedly fleeing the Syrian civil war and seeking to enter Europe, have drowned off the Greek island of Lefkada.
By Christoph Dreier, 13 November 2013
A vote of no confidence in the Greek government initiated by the largest opposition party, Syriza (Coalition of the Radical Left), failed by a wide margin on Sunday.
By Christoph Dreier, 11 November 2013
Former employees of the Greek public broadcaster called for public support as their occupation of the broadcast centre was brutally dispersed by police.
By Christoph Dreier, 7 November 2013
While the EU and IMF travelled to Athens for new talks, thousands of workers protested against mass layoffs, tax increases and cuts in social spending.
By Christoph Dreier, 6 November 2013
Though the circumstances of the attack remain unclear, the Greek ruling elite is pushing for greater police powers after the murder of two Golden Dawn members.
By Christoph Dreier, 14 October 2013
The Greek government is increasingly resorting to authoritarian methods to enforce planned redundancies in the face of mounting working class resistance.
By John Vassilopoulos, 8 October 2013
Greek trade unions, where the pseudo-left Syriza party plays a key role, are working to isolate and defeat the 5-week strike of university administrative workers.
By Robert Stevens, 7 October 2013
The arrest of fascist Golden Dawn party leaders was a long-planned operation, carried out amid escalating opposition to Greece’s coalition government.
By Christoph Dreier, 4 October 2013
Yesterday, Greek authorities released three of the fascist Golden Dawn deputies arrested after the murder of anti-fascist hip-hop musician Pavlos Fyssas.
By Christoph Dreier, 2 October 2013
Fearing that workers will begin to take the struggle against the fascists into their own hands, the Greek government has arrested leading members of Golden Dawn to bolster the credibility of the state.
By Christoph Dreier, 30 September 2013
On Saturday, 18 leading members of Golden Dawn, including the chairman of the party, Nikos Michaloliakos, were arrested.
By Christoph Dreier, 28 September 2013
Golden Dawn has been deliberately built up by the ruling class to spearhead the violent suppression of the working class.
By Christoph Dreier and Katerina Selin, 25 September 2013
As new evidence of official support for the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn group emerges, unions and pseudo-left parties are trying to politically subordinate protests to the state.
By Christoph Dreier, 20 September 2013
On Thursday thousands again took to the streets in Greece to protest social cuts and the fascist murder of musician Pavlos Fyssas.
By Katarina Selin, 20 September 2013
The increase in suicides in Greece highlights the social decline which has taken place under the diktat of the European Union.
By Cristoph Dreier and Alex Lantier, 19 September 2013
Fyssas was attacked by dozens of neo-Nazis whom eyewitnesses identified as supporters and members of Golden Dawn.
By Katerina Selin and Christoph Dreier, 19 September 2013
Protests were held in all major Greek cities Wednesday against the austerity measures of the Greek government and the European Union.
By John Vassilopoulos, 16 September 2013
Thousands protested in Greece after Golden Dawn supporters attacked Greek Communist Party (KKE) members, wounding nine.
By Robert Stevens, 6 September 2013
According to a report, the EU, ECB and IMF sent an email to the Greek government “insisting on liquidating state enterprises and dismissing their employees without compensation.”
By the WSWS International Editorial Board, 27 August 2013
Greek leftist Savas Michael-Matsas and academic Constantinos Moutzouris are the targets of a legal frame-up orchestrated by Greek fascists and their allies in the state.
By John Vassilopoulos, 14 August 2013
The visit by Greece’s fascist Golden Dawn party to Perama shipyard workers is an indictment of the trade union bureaucracy.
By Stefan Steinberg, 13 August 2013
The EU’s agency for the protection of European borders, Frontex, has worked with the Greek state to set up centres that are characterized by subhuman conditions.
By Christoph Dreier, 12 August 2013
During Antonis Samaras’ trip to Washington last week, Obama made clear that the US is prepared to back military repression to deal with increasing social opposition in Greece.
By Stefan Steinberg, 27 July 2013
The slashing of public sector jobs in Greece is part of an international offensive by the financial markets to eliminate all the social gains of the working class.
By Christoph Dreier, 19 July 2013
The Greek government has used the visit on Thursday by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble to impose a blanket ban on demonstrations in central Athens.
By Robert Stevens, 17 July 2013
Greek workers struck against the firing of thousands of public sector employees.
By Christoph Dreier, 11 July 2013
Greek municipal workers went on strike Monday in response to government plans to carry out further redundancies in the public services.
By Robert Stevens, 5 July 2013
A deal expected over the weekend between the “troika”and the Greek government will have further devastating austerity as its centerpiece.
By Robert Stevens, 27 June 2013
A crisis-ridden Greek government, composed of New Democracy and PASOK, announced a new cabinet following the resignation of the Democratic Left from the coalition.