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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.”
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Vasssilopoulos, 8 July 2014
The Greek government has again used dictatorial measures to end a strike.
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.