Greece

Riga talks fail to produce Greek loan deal

By Robert Stevens, 25 May 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel ruled out any immediate agreement, saying one was only achievable as a result of a joint deal between the so-called “troika.”

Greek health workers, journalists, pensioners strike against austerity

By Robert Stevens, 21 May 2015

Public-sector and private-sector unions have worked with successive governments to impose brutal austerity measures.

Greece edges towards collapse as troika demands new austerity plan

By Robert Stevens, 20 May 2015

Without further loans, the Syriza government, which has pledged to implement austerity measures, could default on an overall debt of €300 billion within weeks.

Greece pledges to repay IMF loans early in EU talks on bailout deals

By Kumaran Ira, 12 May 2015

The Syriza-led government is prostrating itself before the European Union, working to tighten austerity and repaying its loans early to cut a deal with the EU at the workers’ expense.

Syriza government endorses “war on terror” to divert opposition to austerity

By Kumaran Ira, 9 May 2015

Fearing mass opposition to its unpopular austerity measures, Greece’s Syriza-led government is endorsing imperialist wars to divert rising social tensions.

Anger mounts among Greek retirees as Syriza threatens to withhold pensions

By Kumaran Ira, 2 May 2015

The Syriza government delayed pension payments while continuing to repay the banks.

The lessons of the capitulation of Syriza

By Christoph Dreier, 1 May 2015

Three months after taking power, Syriza has become the key instrument for continuing the implementation of social cuts.

Syriza floats proposal for referendum to impose EU austerity in Greece

By Kumaran Ira, 30 April 2015

Syriza is trying to provide a false veneer of democratic legitimacy for EU austerity policies that have been overwhelmingly rejected by the Greek people.

Syriza-led government prepares new austerity measures against Greek workers

By Christoph Dreier, 28 April 2015

After European finance ministers ruled out any concessions to Greece, the Syriza-led government called an emergency meeting to draft new austerity measures.

Greece’s Syriza government signals pension cuts

By Christoph Dreier, 25 April 2015

The elimination of early retirement benefits, which Syriza previously declared a “red line” that would not be crossed, is one of the central demands of the troika.

Syriza plunders Greece’s public finances

By Christoph Dreier, 22 April 2015

The Syriza government has announced that it will continue raiding public assets to pay off the banks.

EU, Syriza prepare to suppress popular opposition to austerity in Greece

By Kumaran Ira, 20 April 2015

There is rising awareness in ruling circles that the Greek government is heading for a confrontation with the working class.

Syriza dispatches police to clear protesters from Athens university

By Christoph Dreier, 18 April 2015

With this action, the Syriza-led government has signalled its readiness to use state repression against opponents of its austerity measures.

European Union, banks ramp up pressure on Greece’s Syriza government

By Stéphane Hugues, 17 April 2015

The Syriza government is responding to EU demands for austerity by looting Greece’s cash reserves and preparing further austerity measures against the working class.

Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis pledges to impose austerity

By Robert Stevens, 15 April 2015

Syriza’s austerity agenda and its pledges to work with the “troika” means that it is heading for a direct collision with the Greek working class.

Why is Syriza demanding reparations from Germany?

By Peter Schwarz, 14 April 2015

Demands for reparations are an inappropriate means of combating fascism, war and social attacks. They do nothing to address their causes, but rather serve to reproduce them.

Greece makes €450 million payment to International Monetary Fund

By Christoph Dreier, 10 April 2015

In the face of the dire social conditions in Greece, the Syriza-led government’s pledge to repay all debts are an unmistakable commitment to further austerity.

Greece’s Tsipras manoeuvres with Russia in bid to strike better bargain with Europe

By Robert Stevens, 9 April 2015

The moves towards Russia are seen by sections of the Greek bourgeoisie as a bargaining chip in their ongoing negotiations with the European powers over Greece's debts.

Greek riot police clash with protesters in Athens and at Hellas gold mine

By our reporter, 9 April 2015

Attacks on Syriza by opposition parties for its supposed leniency last Friday prompted the alternate minister for public order, Yiannis Panousis, to call for the suppression of protests.

Syriza discusses the need for state repression

By Chris Marsden, 8 April 2015

Behind the smokescreen provided by its apologists, Syriza is making its preparations for the time when rhetoric will no longer suffice to cover for its imposition of austerity.

Syriza promises IMF Greece will “meet all obligations to all its creditors”

By Robert Stevens, 7 April 2015

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis flew to Washington on an unscheduled trip to assure the IMF that the Syriza-led government will pay it €450 million this week.

Backing Syriza, UK’s Left Unity reveals anti-working class, anti-socialist perspective

By Robert Stevens, 6 April 2015

Speaking at a meeting launching Left Unity’s election campaign, a representative of Syriza’s London group called the primacy of the working class “a fantasy of the left.”

Greece verges on default as creditors demand deeper austerity cuts

By Robert Stevens, 2 April 2015

Greece’s international creditors are set to reject a new set of austerity proposals from the government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as insufficient.

Greek Navy Seals in rightist provocation

By John Vassilopoulos, 1 April 2015

One of the bastions of the Greek military junta of 1967-1974, the Greek Navy SEALs, have developed strong links with the fascist Golden Dawn.

EU, demanding deeper cuts, rejects Syriza’s austerity list

By Robert Stevens, 31 March 2015

Among the austerity measures demanded by the Brussels Group are anti-working class changes to Greece’s labour laws and further cuts to the pension system.

Syriza continues immigration policy of previous Greek government

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 30 March 2015

Despite its empty promises to treat refugees humanely, the Syriza government is working closely with the EU Commission to reject and persecute them.

Syriza government submits new list of austerity proposals to Greece’s creditors

By Robert Stevens, 28 March 2015

It is not certain that Syriza’s measures will go far enough to satisfy creditors demanding deeper cuts in workers’ living standards.

Syriza leader Tsipras meets with Left Party leaders in Berlin

By Johannes Stern, 26 March 2015

The Left Party is firmly backing Tsipras precisely at the point when he is uncritically accepting the line of the German government and the austerity policy of the European banks.

Tsipras in Berlin: Germany and Greece pledge “cooperation” in imposing austerity

By Johannes Stern, 24 March 2015

Syriza has completely capitulated to the demands of the European banks, making clear that it will not only continue the austerity measures dictated by the “troika,” but will intensify them.

Syriza promises new austerity list as European institutions intensify pressure on Greece

By Robert Stevens, 20 March 2015

In advance of an EU summit, the political representatives of the European banks insisted that Greece must impose austerity measures or risk being cut off from further loans.

Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis prostrates himself on German talk show

By Christoph Dreier, 18 March 2015

The appearance of the Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis on the Günther Jauch talk show was a pathetic spectacle that symbolized the bankruptcy of Syriza.

Syriza makes new pledges to impose troika austerity

By Robert Stevens, 17 March 2015

Greece’s Syriza government has made clear any anti-austerity pledges in its election programme are to be shelved indefinitely.

ISO-allied pseudo-lefts within Syriza defend their capitulation to austerity

By Alex Lantier, 16 March 2015

Syriza’s claims that it had no option but to surrender to austerity are cowardly lies, rooted in the material interests of the reactionary upper-middle class forces for whom Syriza speaks.

Troika enforcers return to Athens to step up looting of Greece

By Robert Stevens, 13 March 2015

The European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund are finalizing new austerity measures in co-operation with the Syriza government.

The social crisis in Greece: Part Two

“If you visit a hospital right now you will see that they are in shambles”

By our reporters, 11 March 2015

WSWS reporters spoke to Evgenia Thanou, general manager of Medicin du Monde (Doctors of the World) at its Athens headquarters.

Greece and the dictatorship of finance capital

By Nick Beams, 11 March 2015

Remarks on the Greek debt crisis by the head of the Belgian central bank, Luc Coene, expose the fictions of parliamentary democracy.

Greece told deeper austerity needed to secure additional loans

By Robert Stevens, 10 March 2015

Demanding that the Syriza-led government carry out further austerity, an ECB board member said the Greek people “will understand quickly that they were deceived by false promises.”

New far-right party in Greece

By John Vasilopoulos, 9 March 2015

Panayiotis Baltakos, the force behind this move, is a former cabinet secretary under Prime Minister Antonis Samaris. He has close relations to the fascist Golden Dawn party.

The social crisis in Greece: Part one

“I could never imagine so many homeless people in Athens”

By our reporters, 9 March 2015

This is the first part of a two-part WSWS on-the-spot report from Athens.

European Union press Syriza to deepen its austerity program for Greece

By Robert Stevens, 7 March 2015

European Union officials are insisting that until Syriza imposes deep austerity measures, it will not receive another cent in loans.

Greek debt crisis sharpens geostrategic tensions between US, Europe, Russia

By John Vasilopoulos, 6 March 2015

Voices in the Western media have expressed concern that a Greek default could undermine the integrity of NATO in the strategically vital eastern Mediterranean.

German Left Party backs Schäuble and European austerity policies

By Johannes Stern, 5 March 2015

By agreeing to “Greek aid,” the Left Party is backing the German government, the European Union, the banks and their brutal austerity policies in Greece and Europe as a whole.

Syriza’s Left Platform in crisis over Greek austerity agreement

By Robert Stevens, 4 March 2015

Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has pledged that the Syriza government will “squeeze blood out of stone” to meet the diktat of the European Union.

Syriza’s surrender to the banks exposes France’s New Anti-capitalist Party

By Alex Lantier, 3 March 2015

The NPA’s publication of a statement, in the name of the International Committee of the Fourth International, supporting Syriza’s right-wing policies is a political provocation.

Der Spiegel lionizes Syriza

By Peter Schwarz, 2 March 2015

The German news magazine’s Jakob Augstein is promoting Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis at the very moment when Syriza is capitulating to the EU and the banks.

German parliament endorses Syriza’s proposed austerity measures

By Robert Stevens, 28 February 2015

The Left Party and the Green Party backed a new round of austerity in Greece in the vote in Germany’s Bundestag.

The anti-Marxism of Yanis Varoufakis

By Nick Beams, 28 February 2015

Varoufakis completely distorts Marx’s analysis of capitalism in order to justify his program of trying to save capitalism from itself.

German television documentary on the troika and Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 28 February 2015

While the film shows how the troika engineered a social catastrophe, it promotes the policies of Syriza and other bourgeois critics who support the EU austerity program.

Syriza’s parliamentary group supports Greek austerity agreement

By Robert Stevens, 27 February 2015

The vote comes amidst a developing crisis within Syriza’s ranks over the implications of the party’s repudiation of its election manifesto.

German Left Party votes for austerity measures in Greece

By Peter Schwarz, 26 February 2015

Leading representatives of the Left Party went out of their way to justify the capitulation of the Syriza-led government, which broke all its campaign promises in less than four weeks.

Greece’s Syriza government proposes list of social cuts to European Union

By Johannes Stern, 25 February 2015

Days after capitulating to EU demands for austerity, Syriza presented the EU with a list of cuts it is proposing to impose on the working class.

Stock markets rise after Greece signs new austerity agreement

By Robert Stevens, 24 February 2015

The financial aristocracy celebrated the Syriza government’s abject capitulation to the European Union’s demands for renewed austerity.

Letter from Greece

A comment on Syriza's “back-flips” over austerity

24 February 2015

This letter was sent to the WSWS from a reader in Greece in response to the Perspective “The capitulation of Syriza and the lessons for the working class.”

The capitulation of Syriza and the lessons for the working class

By the International Committee of the Fourth International, 23 February 2015

It has taken less than one month for the Syriza government in Greece to repudiate its anti-austerity election program and betray, totally and utterly, the impoverished working people whose votes placed it in power.

Syriza capitulates to the EU

By Robert Stevens, 21 February 2015

Tsipras and Varoufakis have agreed to enforce the EU-dictated austerity program, exposing—within weeks of forming a government—the fraudulent and reactionary character of Syriza.

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis’ mission to save capitalism

By Chris Marsden, 21 February 2015

Varoufakis’ essay on becoming an “erratic Marxist” is a damning exposure of the political role of the new Syriza-led government in Greece and the social layer that it represents.

A comment from a reader: The peculiar socialism of Syriza

21 February 2015

The World Socialist Web Site received this comment from a reader in Greece on the nature of the new Syriza-led government.

Schäuble’s arrogance towards Greece and the class divide in Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 21 February 2015

Schäuble's arrogant attack on Greece is primarily directed at opposition to austerity in the working class in Germany and across Europe.

German finance minister demands unconditional surrender from Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 20 February 2015

As it negotiates the terms of surrender, Syriza is not being allowed even the mildest concessions needed to maintain some small degree of political credibility.

Germany and EU look set to reject Greece’s request for six-month loan extension

By Robert Stevens, 19 February 2015

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble denounced a new Greek proposal for a six-month loan extension and demanded further austerity measures.

European Union gives no quarter in war against Greek workers

By Christoph Dreier and Barry Grey, 18 February 2015

The ruling class has taken the measure of Syriza, viewing it not as the representative of insurgent masses, but as a supplicant speaking for failing Greek capitalists.

No agreement reached between EU finance ministers and Greece

By Robert Stevens and Barry Grey, 17 February 2015

The opposition of the Syriza-led government amounts to pleading for terminological window dressing to conceal its capitulation to the EU austerity agenda.

A revealing Financial Times comment on the Greek debt crisis

By Nick Beams, 16 February 2015

Financial Times columnist advises Syriza-led government to stand firm in “high noon” showdown with euro zone finance ministers.

Pseudo-left embrace Syriza’s alliance with the Independent Greeks

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

Fresh talks begin on forcing Greece to accept austerity package

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.

Greece’s Syriza government pledges to serve the EU

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."

Talks on Greek bailout terms break down

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.

Syriza prepares to make a deal with the EU

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.

Stock markets fall on fears of Greek exit from euro zone

By Robert Stevens, 10 February 2015

On Wednesday, a meeting of finance ministers from the euro zone countries will discuss the Greek crisis.

Syriza leader issues nationalist appeal in speech to Greek parliament

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.

Syriza capitulates to the European Union

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."

Germany demands Greek austerity as Syriza pledges “frenzy of reasonableness”

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.”

European Central Bank tightens its grip on Greece in response to Syriza “debt swap” proposal

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.

European leaders turn against Syriza’s appeals to alter Greek debt payments

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.

German ruling class demands that austerity, debt payments continue after Greek elections

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.

Financial markets celebrate as Syriza repudiates pledge to write off Greek debt

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.”

Tsipras rushes to reassure EU, banks on Greek debt

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.

The class character of Syriza revealed

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.

Syriza hands Greek defence ministry to right-wing nationalist

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.

Australian pseudo-left group hails Syriza’s victory in Greece

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.

Syriza’s electoral success and the pseudo-left

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.

Who are the Independent Greeks?

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.

Syriza forms coalition government with right-wing Independent Greeks

By Robert Stevens, 27 January 2015

Syriza‘s programme has been developed in close collaboration with sections of international finance capital.

The significance of the election of Syriza in Greece

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.

Syriza wins Greek elections

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

Greek students describe social crisis facing youth

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.

The election in Greece and the political tasks of the working class

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.

Greek election: SYRIZA leader calls for “new patriotic alliance”

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.

Unemployed Greek workers face desperate situation

By our reporters, 23 January 2015

Mass unemployment has been a permanent feature of Greek life since the imposition of austerity measures in 2010.

Workers, youth in Athens discuss upcoming election

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.

Pseudo-left groups in Greece line up behind SYRIZA

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.

SYRIZA’s “anti-oligarch” policy: A call to global finance to raid Greece

By Robert Stevens, 16 January 2015

The Financial Times is trumpeting SYRIZA’s policy because it offers rich pickings for the global financial oligarchy

Tsipras urges Greek pseudo-left groups to rally behind SYRIZA

By Robert Stevens, 8 January 2015

SYRIZA is asking the pseudo-left outfits to join a government dedicated to the defence of capitalism.

German government threatens to force Greece out of euro zone

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.

SYRIZA’s programme for the rescue of Greek and European capitalism

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.

Sharp market falls over euro and oil price slump

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.

The collapse of the Greek government

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.

Snap elections in New Year following fall of Greek government

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.

As Greek government collapses, Berlin demands more austerity

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.