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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Robert Stevens, 30 July 2015
Varoufakis faces charges that could lead to his imprisonment, including treason and participating in a criminal organisation.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Johannes Stern, 18 July 2015
The German media’s anti-Greek agitation brings to mind the darkest period of German history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
15 July 2015
The WSWS recently received a letter from Greece on the Syriza betrayal.
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.
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.
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.
By our reporters, 14 July 2015
Developments in Greece are being followed by broad layers of workers and youth in Germany.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
“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.
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.
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.
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.
By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 6 July 2015
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Christoph Dreier, 24 June 2015
Further details emerged Tuesday on the Greek government’s proposal to its creditors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.