Greece

Disaffection with Syriza mounts in Greece ahead of election

By Robert Stevens, 4 September 2015

In the weeks leading to the election, Syriza and the rest of Greece’s bourgeois parties are seeking to cement alliances to implement devastating attacks on the working class.

Polls show fall in support for Syriza ahead of Greek general election

By Robert Stevens, 31 August 2015

New elections to be held on September 20 are a political fraud aimed at suppressing the repeatedly-voiced anti-austerity sentiment of the Greek working class and youth.

Stalinism in Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 31 August 2015

This is a reply to a reader’s comment asking the WSWS to explain its differences with the Communist Party of Greece (KKE).

Syriza, pseudo-left maneuver ahead of Greek elections

By Christoph Dreier, 28 August 2015

The new elections triggered by Tsipras are aimed at imposing austerity measures against the wishes of the population and have nothing to do with democracy.

Greece’s Popular Unity: An attempt to create Syriza 2.0

By Robert Stevens, 26 August 2015

The main goal of Popular Unity is to prevent the Greek working class from drawing the lessons of the political criminality of Syriza.

German Left Party declares its support for Syriza’s Alexis Tsipras

By Peter Schwarz, 25 August 2015

The Left Party’s unconditional support for Tsipras as he maneuvers to implement deeply unpopular austerity measures says much about how the Left Party would govern in Germany.

Varoufakis documents Syriza's political treachery

By Robert Stevens, 24 August 2015

Varoufakis’ documentation of the reactionary, anti-socialist perspective of Syriza exposes the lies of the Left Platform and pseudo-left groups the world over.

EU backs Greece’s Tsipras as Left Platform splits from Syriza

By Robert Stevens, 22 August 2015

The new elections are part of a political conspiracy involving both Syriza and the newly formed Popular Unity Party to impose unpopular austerity measures.

In bid to ram through austerity package, Tsipras calls snap elections in Greece

By Alex Lantier, 21 August 2015

The snap election is a cynical attempt to boost Syriza’s vote before the austerity policies go into effect, in anticipation of a confrontation with the working class.

German “democrat” Heribert Prantl lauds vote on austerity for Greece

By Peter Schwarz, 21 August 2015

Heribert Prantl of the Süddeutsche Zeitung praised the Bundestag debate on the Greek austerity measures as “highly refreshing for parliamentary democracy.”

German parliament votes by a large majority for Greek austerity plan

By Peter Schwarz, 20 August 2015

The surrender by the Syriza government in Greece has clearly strengthened the Merkel government in Germany and the drive for austerity policies throughout Europe.

European parliaments move to back austerity measures for Greece

By Peter Schwarz, 19 August 2015

There is no serious opposition in a single European parliament to the brutal cuts being imposed on Greece, which mean untold misery for millions of workers and youth.

Scores of refugees die brutally in the Mediterranean

By Robert Stevens, 18 August 2015

At least 49 migrants died in the hold of an overcrowded fishing boat off the coast of Libya Saturday, thought to have asphyxiated after inhaling fumes from fuel.

Refugees confront appalling conditions in the Balkans

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 18 August 2015

Refugees traveling the 4,000 kilometres between Syria and Germany, France and Sweden must endure a treacherous journey through Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary.

Eurogroup approves austerity deal with Syriza-led Greek government

By Robert Stevens, 15 August 2015

Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem welcomed Syriza’s passage of measures that will cut the living standards of millions of workers and further devastate the economy.

What does the “Jeremy Corbyn phenomenon” represent?

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 15 August 2015

While the support for British Labour politician Jeremy Corbyn represents a growth of oppositional sentiment, those looking to a Corbyn victory to provide an alternative to austerity will be cruelly disappointed.

Greek parliament votes for new round of austerity measures

Syriza’s Tsipras set to call vote of confidence

By Christoph Dreier and Chris Marsden, 14 August 2015

The measures backed by the Syriza-led government, in line with the demands of the European banks, are a further assault on Greek workers and youth, following years of brutal austerity measures.

Syriza government steps up repression of refugees

By Robert Stevens, 13 August 2015

Since Syriza came to office in January, its entire policy of dealing with refugees and asylum seekers has been based on repression.

Scottish Socialist Party defends Syriza

By Steve James and Chris Marsden, 13 August 2015

Scottish Socialist Party leader Colin Fox has made clear that what Syriza has done in Greece, the SSP would be more than ready to do in Scotland.

Syriza agrees to full list of EU austerity demands in new bailout plan

By Robert Stevens, 12 August 2015

The proposed deal, which accepts all the main demands of the "troika," will have catastrophic consequences for Greece’s already impoverished population.

Italian pseudo-left supports Syriza’s betrayal

By Marianne Arens, 11 August 2015

Italian pseudo-left politician Nichi Vendola is dissolving his SEL organisation and preparing to establish a new “political subject” modelled on Syriza.

International Viewpoint, Syriza and the fraud of Greece’s “Truth Committee” on debt

By Robert Stevens, 4 August 2015

Syriza’s initial support for a debt audit was merely a diversion to prevent any mobilisation of the working class against the EU and the Greek ruling class.

Syriza’s austerity policies pave way for far right in Greece

By Kumaran Ira, 4 August 2015

In pointing to the danger of the fascist Golden Dawn, Thanasis Kourkoulas, from Syriza’s Left Platform, is acting in political bad faith.

After Syriza’s capitulation, Troika demands brutal austerity programme

By Robert Stevens, 3 August 2015

According to a report in a leading Greek daily newspaper, the IMF has listed a further 16 austerity measures that must be passed by Syriza within three months.

The political bankruptcy of Syriza’s Left Platform

By Alex Lantier, 1 August 2015

By giving Tsipras a green light to negotiate more EU austerity, Syriza’s Central Committee has exposed the Left Platform’s claims that there is broad opposition to austerity within Syriza.

Former Greek finance minister Varoufakis facing calls for criminal prosecution

By Robert Stevens, 30 July 2015

Varoufakis faces charges that could lead to his imprisonment, including treason and participating in a criminal organisation.

Television programme shows how German companies benefit from privatisation in Greece

By Verena Nees, 30 July 2015

The “Trust Fund” is the centrepiece of the EU’s new austerity programme and is aimed at plundering the Greek economy.

Socialist Equality Party holds meeting in Berlin on Syriza and the crisis in Greece

By Verena Nees, 30 July 2015

The meeting put forward the position that the defence of the working class in Greece requires a united struggle by the entire European working class against austerity.

“We need a revolution”

Workers in Berlin speak out on the crisis in Greece

By our reporters, 29 July 2015

In discussions with German workers and youth, PSG supporters found widespread solidarity with the Greek population and opposition to the policies of the German government.

Syriza’s austerity policies expose the reactionary role of France’s NPA

By Alex Lantier and Anthony Torres, 29 July 2015

The NPA, having promoted Syriza as a great hope for the left, is politically responsible for the EU austerity measures Syriza is imposing against the Greek people.

Conflicts erupt over Syriza’s contingency planning for Greek euro exit

By Robert Stevens, 28 July 2015

Ex-Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis did contingency planning for a parallel banking system that could serve to reintroduce a Greek national currency.

Australian SEP meetings discuss political issues posed by Syriza’s betrayal in Greece

By our reporters, 28 July 2015

The SEP meetings were the only public events in Australia to expose Syriza’s craven capitulation to German banks and the financial elites.

Widespread solidarity in Berlin with Greek workers

By Marianne Arens and Désirée Müller, 25 July 2015

Workers repeatedly declared their opposition to the policies of the German government and compared them to actions taken during the darkest chapters of German history.

France’s Lutte Ouvrière group covers for Syriza’s betrayal in Greece

By Stéphane Hugues, 25 July 2015

With the devastating character of Syriza’s betrayal of the Greek people exposed, LO is leaping to the defense of the Greek government.

The pseudo-left covers up for Syriza’s betrayal

By Alex Lantier, 24 July 2015

Aware that their brutal austerity policies will provoke mass anger as they go into effect in the coming months, Syriza officials are coming forward to defend their record.

The German Left Party defends Syriza’s betrayal

By Johannes Stern, 24 July 2015

The actions of Syriza in Greece have laid bare the thoroughly anti-working-class and pro-imperialist character of its political partners—in particular Podemos in Spain and the Left Party in Germany.

Greek parliament rubber-stamps new EU austerity plan

By Christoph Dreier and Alex Lantier, 23 July 2015

The parliament did not even have the time to read the 900-page draft dictated by the EU, submitted to it the day before Wednesday’s vote.

Troika representatives return to Athens

By Christoph Dreier, 22 July 2015

Officials of the European Central Bank, European Union and International Monetary Fund will work out the details of the third credit/austerity program imposed on Greece.

A letter from Athens: Taking stock of Syriza’s capitulation

By Evel Economakis, 22 July 2015

The WSWS has received this report from a reader in Athens, Greece on the reaction to Syriza’s agreement on a new round of brutal austerity measures.

Workers in Australia condemn Syriza and austerity in Greece

By our correspondents, 22 July 2015

“Greece is in conditions of war again, not a military war, but it’s akin to war—the type of poverty imposed on them.”

After Berlin dictates EU bailout of Greece

French ruling elite debates how to deal with Germany

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 21 July 2015

While the French bourgeoisie supports harsh attacks on Greek workers, it is shocked by Berlin’s threat to unilaterally expel Greece from the euro zone.

The confessions of Yanis Varoufakis: The pseudo-left as a social type

By Chris Marsden, 20 July 2015

The former Greek finance minister described in a recent interview the “air of defeat” within the Syriza leadership following the landslide “no” vote in the July 5 referendum on EU austerity.

German parliament supports attacks on Greek workers

By Peter Schwarz, 18 July 2015

By a large majority, the German parliament has backed austerity measures that mean the impoverishment of the Greek people and the plundering of the country’s resources.

Tsipras expels critics of EU austerity deal from Greek cabinet

By Alex Lantier, 18 July 2015

The cabinet reshuffle aims to stabilize the Syriza government while it negotiates a new austerity memorandum with the European Union.

Racism and arrogance: Anti-Greek agitation in the German media

By Johannes Stern, 18 July 2015

The German media’s anti-Greek agitation brings to mind the darkest period of German history.

France’s Left Party applauds Syriza’s imposition of EU austerity

By Kumaran Ira, 18 July 2015

Despite the capitulation of Greece’s Syriza-led government to the European Union’s austerity dictates, Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s Left Party is hailing Tsipras’ party as a model of resistance.

German auto workers condemn austerity deal imposed on Greece

By our correspondents, 17 July 2015

Workers at GM-Opel’s Rüsselsheim plant denounced the brutal austerity measures imposed on Greece last weekend by the German government.

Greek parliament endorses EU-dictated austerity programme

By Chris Marsden, 16 July 2015

The legislation was overwhelmingly approved by a vote of 229 to 64, as the Greek government deployed riot police against protests outside of parliament.

Lessons from Greece: The pseudo-left in power

By Joseph Kishore, 15 July 2015

Syriza’s betrayal is all the more brazen because it occurred within days of a popular repudiation of EU ultimatums in a referendum called by the government itself.

Syriza government campaigns for Greek parliament to pass EU austerity package

By Alex Lantier, 15 July 2015

Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras criticized the plan he agreed upon with the EU, yet called on the Greek parliament to vote for it anyway.

A letter from Athens

15 July 2015

The WSWS recently received a letter from Greece on the Syriza betrayal.

UK Socialist Workers Party and Left Platform debate: Joint apologists for Syriza

By Paul Stuart and Paul Mitchell, 15 July 2015

Stathis Kouvelakis, the leader of the Left Platform within Syriza, said at a rally in London that it is impermissible to describe the government’s endorsement of savage austerity as a betrayal.

Greek bailout deal highlights monumental scale of Syriza’s betrayal

By Chris Marsden, 14 July 2015

The function of Greece’s parliament will be to rubber-stamp the transfer of real authority to Brussels and Berlin.

Defend the Greek workers! Oppose the diktat of Schäuble and Merkel!

By Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 14 July 2015

The PSG (Socialist Equality Party) in Germany calls on workers throughout Europe to declare their solidarity with the workers in Greece and resist the German government and EU.

Berlin: Angry reaction to Syriza betrayal of Greek workers

By our reporters, 14 July 2015

Developments in Greece are being followed by broad layers of workers and youth in Germany.

The consequences of Syriza’s betrayal: From terms of surrender to terms of occupation

By Barry Grey, 13 July 2015

The EU is demanding terms that will condemn large sections of the Greek working class to destitution and turn the country into a virtual colony.

Tensions erupt in Europe as Berlin threatens to expel Greece from the euro

By Alex Lantier, 13 July 2015

The German government intends not only to reduce Greece to semi-colonial status, but to whip critics of its Greek policy, such as France and Italy, into line.

Syriza’s betrayal of the Greek working class

By Alex Lantier, 11 July 2015

With extraordinary speed, the Syriza-led government has repudiated the landslide “no” vote in Sunday’s referendum by proposing €13 billion in austerity measures.

Greek government approves brutal austerity measures in proposal to EU

By Alex Lantier, 10 July 2015

The €13 billion package of cuts, including regressive sales taxes and an increase in the retirement age, is a repudiation of the landslide “no” vote on austerity in Sunday’s referendum.

The significance of Greece

By Jerry White, 10 July 2015

In the face of economic blackmail and even threats of a military coup, the Greek working class overwhelmingly rejected the European Union’s austerity demands.

Tsipras petitions EU for new austerity deal

By Joseph Kishore, 9 July 2015

Following the landslide “no” vote in Sunday’s referendum, Tsipras is continuing the policy of retreat and surrender that his Syriza-led government initiated from its first day in office.

Euro zone summit rejects emergency funds for Greece, issues austerity ultimatum

By Barry Grey and Chris Marsden, 8 July 2015

Taking its lead from Germany, the euro zone summit laid plans for a meeting Sunday of the heads of all European Union states to discuss expelling Greece from the common currency.

On-the-spot report from Athens

Greek workers speak out after “no” vote on austerity

“This is the 21st century—we want more than this”

By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 8 July 2015

The WSWS spoke to workers and young people in the aftermath of the overwhelming “no” vote last Sunday.

As EU denounces “no” vote, Tsipras moves to the right

By Chris Marsden, 7 July 2015

In response to the vote by Greek workers against austerity, the EU is demanding that its program of cuts be implemented, while Syriza lurches further to the right.

Mass demonstrations in Greece follow vote against EU austerity

By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 6 July 2015

Thousands gathered on Athens’ Syntagma Square Sunday evening after the emphatic rejection of austerity proposals of the European Union and the IMF.

A landslide “no” to EU austerity in Greece

By Alex Lantier, 6 July 2015

Yesterday’s “no” vote in Greece is a massive popular repudiation of the EU and the austerity agenda it has pursued across Europe since the 2008 economic crisis.

Greek workers speak out at referendum polling stations

By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 6 July 2015

Operation Nemesis: Danger of state repression against protests in Greece

By Alex Lantier, 6 July 2015

While Syriza continues to try to negotiate a deal with the EU for financial aid in exchange for imposing austerity, plans are being drawn up to send the army against the people.

On the spot report from Athens

Mass demonstration opposes austerity in Greece

By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 4 July 2015

Tens of thousands of people took part in a demonstration Friday evening in Athens in opposition to the austerity programme of the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

On eve of referendum

Rumbles of military coup as Greek workers demand end to EU austerity

By Alex Lantier, 4 July 2015

Statements by retired military officers calling for a “yes” vote in Sunday’s Greek referendum carry the implied threat of a coup.

Australian pseudo-left hails Syriza’s fraudulent referendum in Greece

By Oliver Campbell, 4 July 2015

Socialist Alternative’s promotion of the Greek referendum is an attempt to prevent the working class drawing any lessons from its experiences with the Syriza government.

The political fraud of Syriza’s referendum on EU austerity in Greece

By Alex Lantier, 3 July 2015

Syriza has called the referendum to provide political cover for its last-ditch effort to work out an agreement on austerity policy with the European Union.

Tsipras’s surrender rejected as Berlin pushes for regime-change in Greece

By Chris Marsden, 2 July 2015

Senior German officials said that no matter what terms Athens offered, Berlin would seek to force a change of government in Greece.

On the spot report from Athens

Protests grow as Greek referendum nears

By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 2 July 2015

While the more wealthy layers of society defend austerity and support a “yes” vote, workers and poor people want to vote “no.”

Greece defaults on debt as Syriza offers alternative austerity package

By Chris Marsden, 1 July 2015

Eurozone finance ministers rejected an appeal from Prime Minister Tsipras that would have extended loans to Greece in return for a new proposed list of austerity measures.

As global markets plummet

Bank closures impose deepening misery on Greek people

By Alex Lantier, 30 June 2015

Retirees were unable to obtain their pension benefits as a weeklong bank holiday began amid warnings of fuel and medicine shortages.

Syriza’s fraudulent capital controls

By Nick Beams, 30 June 2015

Billions of euros have been taken out of Greece by wealthy individuals and corporations in order to make a financial killing if the country goes back to the drachma.

Greek collapse, global turbulence loom as Syriza imposes capital controls

By Robert Stevens, 29 June 2015

The decision followed Sunday’s announcement by the European Central Bank that it would not increase its emergency funding for Greek banks.

Greek crisis comes to a head

By Alex Lantier, 29 June 2015

The decision of European financial authorities to terminate the bailout of Greece and limit the flow of credit to banks has brought the country to the brink of an economic and financial meltdown.

Greek prime minister calls for referendum on EU austerity demands

By Robert Stevens and Alex Lantier, 27 June 2015

Tsipras’s proposal is a reactionary fraud, designed to lend a veneer of democratic legitimacy to the looting of Greece by the banks.

Political issues in the Greek debt crisis

By Alex Lantier, 26 June 2015

Having built its entire policy around denying the possibility of socialist revolution, Syriza is proposing ever deeper attacks on the working class under the EU’s direction.

EU rejects Syriza’s austerity proposals at euro group summit

By Robert Stevens, 25 June 2015

The EU is demanding even deeper cuts, beyond the austerity measures Syriza agreed to over the weekend after capitulating to the EU’s previous demands.

Syriza agrees to EU austerity measures

By Christoph Dreier, 24 June 2015

Further details emerged Tuesday on the Greek government’s proposal to its creditors.

After Syriza’s concessions, EU demands more austerity at Greek debt summit

By Alex Lantier, 23 June 2015

While approving Syriza’s capitulation to its demands for deep cuts in pensions and health care, the EU called for further austerity measures as a precondition for a deal on Greek debt.

Syriza offers last-ditch concessions prior to EU summit on Greek debt

By Robert Stevens, 22 June 2015

Greek Prime Minister Tsipras heads to the summit under the threat of a deliberately imposed economic catastrophe and expulsion from the eurozone.

European Central Bank extends credit on fears of Greek bank collapse

By Robert Stevens, 20 June 2015

The brinksmanship of the EU and ECB threatens not only the decimation of the Greek economy, but a potential domino effect that could impact on the entire European economy.

Eurogroup issues ultimatum to Greek government

By Christoph Dreier, 19 June 2015

European finance ministers demanded that the Greek government either accept cutbacks in full, on pain of being forced to exit the euro.

Greek central bank warns of “uncontrollable crisis”

By Robert Stevens, 18 June 2015

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said his government would not table any new proposals at today’s Eurogroup meeting.

EU threatens to push Greece into bankruptcy after collapse of debt talks

By Alex Lantier, 17 June 2015

Even as he denounced the EU, Greek Prime Minister Tsipras signaled that he is still seeking a deal on the basis of imposing more austerity on the Greek population.

The way forward for the working class in Greece

By Alex Lantier, 16 June 2015

Workers across Europe and internationally must oppose the assault on the Greek working class by the European Union and its political defenders.

Global stock markets fall on fears of Greece debt default

By Robert Stevens, 16 June 2015

Stock markets in Athens and internationally fell sharply Monday after the collapse this weekend of talks on Greece’s debt crisis.

Crisis talks in Brussels collapse as EU threatens to bankrupt Greece

By Alex Lantier, 15 June 2015

An EU decision to tip Greece into default threatens to savage not only the Greek economy, but to undermine the euro currency and the structure of the EU itself.

The dictatorship of finance capital: Greece and Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 13 June 2015

Behind the apparent contradiction in the treatment of Greece and Ukraine stand the reactionary class interests of finance capital in the leading imperialist powers.

IMF and ECB walk out of Greek debt talks with Syriza

By Robert Stevens, 13 June 2015

The talks centre on new austerity measures to be carried out by Syriza.

As Syriza begs for a deal

Obama, Merkel present united front for more austerity in Greece

By Robert Stevens, 9 June 2015

With the talks on a knife-edge, Syriza is bending over backwards to make an accommodation based on the austerity measures demanded by Greece’s creditors.

Greek default threatened as Syriza balks at further social cuts

By Robert Stevens, 8 June 2015

Prime Minister Tsipras presented Syriza’s own 47-page list of austerity measures, which were thrown out and denounced as “vague.”

In Brussels talks, Greece moves closer to austerity deal with EU

By Robert Stevens and Alex Lantier, 4 June 2015

The Syriza-led government is trying to work out the details of its capitulation to the austerity program demanded by the European Union and the banks.