Greece

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.

At least ten die in ferry blaze in the Adriatic Sea

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.

Greek presidential election goes to third round

By Robert Stevens, 24 December 2014

If parliament fails to elect a head of state on December 29, general elections will be triggered.

SYRIZA makes fresh pledge to defend Greek capitalism

By Robert Stevens, 23 December 2014

Syriza seeks to renegotiate, not abolish, the European Union-IMF austerity program.

New far-right party in Greece

By John Vasilopoulos, 15 December 2014

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.

Greek stocks in free fall as early presidential election called

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.

Greek riot police attack protesters

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.

Students occupy hundreds of schools throughout Greece

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.

Greece proceeds with further austerity after government survives confidence vote

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.

SYRIZA grooms itself for government power in Greece

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.

Brutal police provocation at Greek protest over fascist murder of rapper

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.

Troika demands further austerity in Greece

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.

Greek court frees men charged with attacking migrant workers

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.

Dock workers at Piraeus Port, Greece end strike

By John Vassilopoulos, 23 July 2014

Conditions at the China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco) Pireaus facilities are notorious, with accidents being a common occurrence.

Pakistani migrant fruit pickers in Greece strike over inhuman conditions

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.

Greek government outlaws power workers strike

By John Vasssilopoulos, 8 July 2014


The Greek government has again used dictatorial measures to end a strike.

Greek power workers threatened with state strikebreaking

By John Vassilopoulos, 5 July 2014

Workers at the Public Power Corporation in Greece began a 48-hour strike from midnight on Wednesday.

China’s premier signs major trade deals with Greece

By John Vassilopoulos, 24 June 2014

A total of 271 private meetings were held between the Greek delegation and Chinese investors.

Greek public building cleaners defy police repression, demand reinstatement

By Robert Stevens, 20 June 2014

Laid-off cleaners, who were recently attacked by riot police, continued their protests this week.

Greece faces more austerity, while EU professes its reliance on the unions

By Robert Stevens, 14 June 2014

Virtually all loan funds go towards paying off Greece’s debt to international financial institutions.

The European election in Greece

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.

Greek ruling coalition takes losses in local elections

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.

German chancellor visits Greece to prop up right-wing regime

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.

On eve of Merkel visit, massive anti-austerity strike in Greece

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.

Top Greek state official resigns over collusion with fascist Golden Dawn

By John Vassilopoulos, 8 April 2014

Panayiotis Baltakos was seen as the “No. 2” man in the government, co-ordinating its policies.

Greek parliament approves new attacks on workers

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.

Greece’s “The River” party: A populist fraud

By Robert Stevens, 24 March 2014

Under the slogan “politics for everyone”, founder Stavros Theodorakis advances the conception that it is possible to achieve a national economic revival within the framework of the capitalist profit system.

Greek students face prosecution for protests

By Katerina Selin, 13 March 2014

Students in Greece protesting for the right to an education are facing prosecution and possible imprisonment.

German President Gauck visits Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 11 March 2014

The German president exhibited all of the dishonesty and hypocrisy that have become his political trademarks on his three-day trip to Greece.

Devastation of health care in Greece

By Robert Stevens, 28 February 2014

The closure of the entire state-run outpatient clinic network for one month to introduce the new Primary Healthcare Network could lead to thousands of job losses.

Greek police enter schools, quiz children on political activities

By Robert Stevens, 25 February 2014

One of the police raids took place at the Keratsini High School on February 8, where students questioned by police were singled out because they had participated in a protest occupation of the school in October.

SYRIZA’s pose of opposition to Greek austerity unravels

By Robert Stevens, 10 February 2014

The SYRIZA coalition has acknowledged that if it came to power, it would pay back the vast bulk of the country’s debt.

European Union demands more austerity in Greece

By Robert Stevens, 29 January 2014

Demands for further austerity come after the Council of State ruled previous wage cuts to the armed forces, police, coast guard and firemen unconstitutional.

Survivors say Greek policy caused deaths of 12 migrants in Aegean Sea

By Robert Stevens, 25 January 2014

Afghan and Syrian refugees were allegedly “pushed back” towards Turkey.

European Left selects Tsipras as lead candidate in European elections

By Christoph Dreier, 19 December 2013

The 25 parties which make up the European Left have a long tradition of defending the bourgeois order.

Greek girl dies from carbon monoxide poisoning after utility shut-off

By John Vassilopoulos, 12 December 2013

The death of a 13 year old girl in Greece, from carbon monoxide poisoning, is the latest of many social tragedies resulting from years of brutal austerity.

Greece’s 2014 budget lays out more social attacks

By Christoph Dreier, 11 December 2013

On Saturday the Greek parliament passed a budget for 2014 that includes further spending cuts and layoffs.

Greek government threatens university employees with martial law

By Christoph Dreier, 20 November 2013

Four decades since the Greek junta attacked the Polytechnio in Athens, the Greek government is again threatening to attack protesting university staff and students.

Twelve more migrants die off Greek coast

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.

Vote of no confidence in Greek government fails

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.

Greek police storm ERT broadcasting centre to end workers’ occupation

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.

Greece: Tens of thousands of workers protest against the Troika

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.

Golden Dawn supporters killed in drive-by shooting in Greece

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.

Social conflicts intensifying in Greece

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.

Greek university strike enters fifth week

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.

Manoeuvres between Greece’s major parties accompany clampdown on Golden Dawn

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.