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.”
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.
By Christoph Dreier, 22 June 2013
DIMAR chairman Fotis Kouvelis announced that his party would leave the Greek government coalition yesterday, amid protests over the shutdown of public broadcaster ERT.
By Robert Stevens, 19 June 2013
The restructuring of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation is part of government and EU plans to impose 150,000 job losses in the public sector by 2015.
By Christoph Dreier, 14 June 2013
Tens of thousands of workers protested the closure of the Greek public broadcaster on Thursday, defying threats of arrest.
By Christoph Dreier, 13 June 2013
On Tuesday night, Greek police stopped transmission of the public broadcasting service, which is slated for restructuring and large-scale job cuts.
By Christoph Dreier, 11 June 2013
Trade unions and pseudo-left groups organized a so-called Alter-Summit in Athens, backing the European Union institutions that impose austerity throughout Europe.
By Robert Stevens, 1 June 2013
For the working class, there has been a drastic reversal in living standards, growing mass unemployment and savage cuts in social spending.
By Christoph Dreier, 30 May 2013
Tensions have risen in the Greek government over draft legislation against racist incitement and state financing of the fascist party Golden Dawn.
By Chris Marsden, 18 May 2013
The decision by leaders of the OLME teachers union to abandon an agreed strike in the face of civil mobilisation orders has delivered a serious blow to the entire Greek working class.
By Christoph Dreier, 16 May 2013
Greek teachers have voted to oppose the mobilisation order of the government and begin strike action on Friday.
By Christoph Dreier, 15 May 2013
The public service trade union federation, ADEDY, has made clear that it will not mobilize public employees to defend the teachers.
By Christoph Dreier, 14 May 2013
Greek police served 88,000 high school teachers with civil mobilization orders on Monday.
By Robert Stevens, 13 May 2013
The New Democracy, social democratic PASOK and Democratic Left coalition government signed a civil mobilisation order Saturday to outlaw a teachers strike, scheduled to begin on May 17.
By Robert Stevens, 10 May 2013
The IMF’s report follows the agreement made between the “troika” and the coalition government of New Democracy, PASOK and the Democratic Left last month.
By Christoph Dreier, 4 May 2013
Police intervened to prevent supporters of the Greek fascist party Golden Dawn from carrying out a food distribution in Athens’ Syntagma Square.
By Robert Stevens, 2 May 2013
Public transport ground to a halt in the capital Athens, with no train or ferry services operating.
By Christoph Dreier, 30 April 2013
The Greek parliament has voted to dismiss 15,500 public service workers and slash the minimum wage.
By Robert Stevens, 19 April 2013
Under terms agreed with the “troika” some 15,000 public sector workers will lose their jobs by the end of 2014, including 4,000 jobs this year.
By Chris Marsden, 19 April 2013
Thirty or more migrant workers have been wounded in a shooting on a strawberry farm in southern Greece. Eight of the workers remain in critical condition.
By Robert Stevens, 13 April 2013
Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem has warned that Greece needed to “speed up its efforts” in order to comply with the troika’s austerity programme.
By Christoph Dreier, 4 April 2013
The alliance with right-wing nationalists clearly shows SYRIZA’s class character.
By Robert Stevens, 2 April 2013
The cynically-named Athena Plan, calling for mass closures of universities and technical institutions, was passed in flagrant violation of the Greek constitution.
By Robert Stevens, 30 March 2013
Fresh from its financial looting of Cyprus, the European bourgeoisie is threatening to withhold funds from Greece unless it complies with mass sackings in the public sector.
By Robert Stevens, 23 March 2013
Alexis Tsipras, the leader of Greece’s SYRIZA spoke in London at several events last week.
By Cristoph Dreier, 13 March 2013
Some 68 years after the end of Nazi rule in Europe, fascistic organizations are again part of official politics, and entire ethnic groups are deported and humiliated.
By Christoph Dreier, 11 March 2013
As the social crisis worsens in Greece, the ruling class is courting the fascist Golden Dawn group to help it suppress popular opposition.
By Robert Stevens, 6 March 2013
The primary demand of the troika is that there be no retreat on plans to slash the number of civil service employees.
By Robert Stevens, 2 March 2013
Politicians have been in contact with military personnel over how to respond to an “explosion” of social unrest against government austerity measures.
By Robert Stevens, 25 February 2013
Mass unemployment exists in Greece, with many “working poor” unable to meet their basic needs.
By Christoph Dreier, 21 February 2013
Tens of thousands of Greek workers went on strike on Wednesday to protest government austerity measures and attacks on the right to strike.
By Christoph Dreier, 21 February 2013
The Greek Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) has expelled one of its members from a parliamentary committee after he distanced himself from anti-Turkish chauvinism and the Greek army.
By Robert Stevens, 16 February 2013
In the face of a deepening slump and growing government repression, workers throughout Greece have continued strikes and protests ahead of a general strike February 20.
By Robert Stevens, 8 February 2013
The WSWS replies to a criticism of “Pseudo-left conceals refusal of SYRIZA, PASOK and trade unions to oppose Golden Dawn.”
By Christoph Dreier, 7 February 2013
The criminalization of striking workers harks back to the police state conditions that prevailed under the fascist regime of the Greek colonels some 40 years ago.
By Christoph Dreier, 5 February 2013
The Greek government has announced that it intends to ban a strike by ferry workers against wage cuts and sackings and place the workers under martial law.
By Christoph Dreier, 1 February 2013
On Thursday Greece witnessed numerous protests and strikes against the government’s austerity measures and its brutal crackdown against strikers.
By Christoph Dreier, 29 January 2013
The invocation of emergency powers and use of state violence to smash the Athens subway strike has shattered all claims that it is possible to shift the policy of the state by mass pressure from below.
By Christoph Dreier, 28 January 2013
The Greek government has turned to state repression to halt sympathy strikes after using emergency powers and police violence to break the Athens subway strike.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 28 January 2013
A report by Human Rights Watch documents the way in which Italian border police are deporting groups of asylum seekers to Greece without any attempt to examine their grounds for asylum.
By Christoph Dreier, 26 January 2013
The use of dictatorial laws and state violence amounts to the criminalization of any form of collective resistance by workers.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 January 2013
With Greece’s government in deepening crisis, Alexis Tsipras, leader of the SYRIZA opposition party, came to the US to meet with State Department and IMF officials and make a series of public appearances.
By Chris Marsden and Christoph Dreier, 25 January 2013
Boasts of a “united front” against Golden Dawn in Greece are aimed at presenting establishment parties and the trade unions as a bulwark against fascism.
By Robert Stevens, 24 January 2013
The strike by Athens subway workers continued into its seventh day yesterday in defiance of a court ruling declaring the work action illegal.
By Chris Marsden, 19 January 2013
Tens of thousands will rally today in Syntagma Square, Athens to voice their opposition to the fascist Golden Dawn.
By Christoph Dreier, 15 January 2013
On Monday, Alexis Tsipras met with the German finance minister to discuss the credit agreements between the European Union and Greece.
By Christoph Dreier, 8 January 2013
The alliance calling for a protest demonstration on January 19 against the Chrysi Avgi has no intention of conducting a serious struggle against the fascists.
By Marianne Arens, 22 December 2012
The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party) recently held a series of meetings in Germany under the slogan “Defend Greek workers.”
By Christoph Dreier, 21 December 2012
Workers are vehemently opposed to the implementation of the most recent cuts package, in particular the massive layoffs planned for the public sector.
By Ernst Wolf, 8 December 2012
Five austerity packages within the space of two and a half years have reduced the health system in Greece to the level of a developing country.
By Peter Schwarz, 29 November 2012
The main message from Monday’s meeting of euro zone finance ministers is that the Greek people confront years, if not decades, of austerity.
By Peter Schwarz, 28 November 2012
Euro zone finance ministers rejected calls by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), among others, for debt relief for the highly indebted country.
By Alejandro López, 26 November 2012
Alexis Tsipras attended a public meeting in Catalonia just three days before the regional elections.
By Christoph Dreier, 22 November 2012
The latest draft of the credit agreement between the Troika and the Greek government envisages the virtual abrogation of all the legal powers of parliament.
By Christoph Dreier, 17 November 2012
The report presented November 12 by the troika paints a devastating picture of Greece’s economic prospects.
By Christoph Dreier, 14 November 2012
Under conditions of growing popular resistance to austerity, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras is preparing to succeed the unstable government of Greece in order to suppress workers’ protests.
By Robert Stevens and Jordan Shilton, 13 November 2012
A meeting of euro zone finance ministers on Monday delayed a further 31.5 billion euros in aid to Greece.
By Christoph Dreier, 10 November 2012
Following parliamentary adoption of the fifth package of austerity measures, strikes are continuing in much of the Greek public sector.
By Christoph Dreier, 9 November 2012
While this week’s strikes and mass protests show the immense potential power of the Greek workers, the policy of the trade unions and their political allies is aimed at suffocating the struggle to defeat the austerity measures.
By Christoph Dreier, 8 November 2012
On Wednesday night the Greek Parliament voted in favor of the country’s fifth austerity program within the space of the last three years.
By Christoph Dreier, 7 November 2012
Tuesday saw the beginning of a 48-hour general strike in Greece against the government’s austerity measures.
By Robert Stevens, 3 November 2012
Kostas Vaxevanis has been found innocent of breaching data privacy laws by a three-judge panel in Athens.
By Christoph Dreier, 2 November 2012
A critical precondition for a struggle of the European working class against austerity is political solidarity with the embattled Greek working class.
By Christoph Dreier, 31 October 2012
Amid massive opposition to the new austerity package, the largest opposition party, SYRIZA, has pledged its support to the Greek government.
By Christoph Dreier, 27 October 2012
One of the hardest hit victims of the austerity program dictated by the EU and the IMF is the Greek health sector.
By Christoph Dreier, 25 October 2012
On Wednesday, the Greek government announced it had reached an agreement with the troika (the European Central Bank, European Commission and International Monetary Fund) on a new austerity package.
By Christoph Dreier, 23 October 2012
Brutal attacks on the social rights of the working class across Europe are accompanied by the growth of fascistic movements such as Greece’s Golden Dawn.
By Christoph Dreier, 19 October 2012
As EU leaders assembled in Brussels to discuss how to proceed with the euro crisis, tens of thousands demonstrated in Greek cities against austerity measures.
By Christoph Dreier, 13 October 2012
Greece is in the forefront not only of assaults on social rights, but also of political attacks on the working class.
By Christoph Dreier, 11 October 2012
While anti-fascist demonstrators are being tortured and abused in Greek jails, the EU is encouraging and tolerating this practice.
By Christoph Dreier, 10 October 2012
The protests that took place during German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s state visit to Greece on Monday reflect the explosive class tensions in Europe.
By Robert Stevens, 9 October 2012
Greek police are ever more openly colluding with the fascist Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) organization.
By Christoph Dreier, 5 October 2012
The loans promised by the troika last June will be withheld until the Greek budget for 2013 complies fully with the proscriptions of EU bureaucrats.