Greece

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.

Greek authorities release three fascist Golden Dawn deputies from custody

By Christoph Dreier, 4 October 2013

Yesterday, Greek authorities released three of the fascist Golden Dawn deputies arrested after the murder of anti-fascist hip-hop musician Pavlos Fyssas.

Greek pseudo-lefts support state ban on fascist Golden Dawn

By Christoph Dreier, 2 October 2013

Fearing that workers will begin to take the struggle against the fascists into their own hands, the Greek government has arrested leading members of Golden Dawn to bolster the credibility of the state.

Crackdown on Golden Dawn in Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 30 September 2013

On Saturday, 18 leading members of Golden Dawn, including the chairman of the party, Nikos Michaloliakos, were arrested.

Political issues in the struggle against the threat of fascism and dictatorship in Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 28 September 2013

Golden Dawn has been deliberately built up by the ruling class to spearhead the violent suppression of the working class.

Protests continue against social cuts and fascist terror in Greece

By Christoph Dreier and Katerina Selin, 25 September 2013

As new evidence of official support for the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn group emerges, unions and pseudo-left parties are trying to politically subordinate protests to the state.

Protests shake Greece after fascist murder of musician Pavlos Fyssas

By Christoph Dreier, 20 September 2013

On Thursday thousands again took to the streets in Greece to protest social cuts and the fascist murder of musician Pavlos Fyssas.

Suicides rise sharply in Greece

By Katarina Selin, 20 September 2013

The increase in suicides in Greece highlights the social decline which has taken place under the diktat of the European Union.

Greece to ban Golden Dawn after fascists assassinate musician Pavlos Fyssas

By Cristoph Dreier and Alex Lantier, 19 September 2013

Fyssas was attacked by dozens of neo-Nazis whom eyewitnesses identified as supporters and members of Golden Dawn.

Greek workers demonstrate against mass sackings, fascist violence

By Katerina Selin and Christoph Dreier, 19 September 2013

Protests were held in all major Greek cities Wednesday against the austerity measures of the Greek government and the European Union.

Greece: Thousands protest attack on KKE by fascist Golden Dawn

By John Vassilopoulos, 16 September 2013

Thousands protested in Greece after Golden Dawn supporters attacked Greek Communist Party (KKE) members, wounding nine.

Euro zone hatches plan to wring further billions from Greece

By Robert Stevens, 6 September 2013

According to a report, the EU, ECB and IMF sent an email to the Greek government “insisting on liquidating state enterprises and dismissing their employees without compensation.”

Stop the prosecution of Savas Michael-Matsas and Constantinos Moutzouris

By the WSWS International Editorial Board, 27 August 2013

Greek leftist Savas Michael-Matsas and academic Constantinos Moutzouris are the targets of a legal frame-up orchestrated by Greek fascists and their allies in the state.

Fascist Golden Dawn makes visit to Greek shipyards

By John Vassilopoulos, 14 August 2013

The visit by Greece’s fascist Golden Dawn party to Perama shipyard workers is an indictment of the trade union bureaucracy.

Protests at Greek detention camp highlight state violence against immigrants in Europe

By Stefan Steinberg, 13 August 2013

The EU’s agency for the protection of European borders, Frontex, has worked with the Greek state to set up centres that are characterized by subhuman conditions.

Obama, Greek premier stress close military and intelligence ties

By Christoph Dreier, 12 August 2013

During Antonis Samaras’ trip to Washington last week, Obama made clear that the US is prepared to back military repression to deal with increasing social opposition in Greece.

Greece and Detroit—a new stage in the social counterrevolution

By Stefan Steinberg, 27 July 2013

The slashing of public sector jobs in Greece is part of an international offensive by the financial markets to eliminate all the social gains of the working class.

Greek government bans demonstrations in central Athens

By Christoph Dreier, 19 July 2013

The Greek government has used the visit on Thursday by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble to impose a blanket ban on demonstrations in central Athens.

Greek workers in fourth general strike of 2013

By Robert Stevens, 17 July 2013

Greek workers struck against the firing of thousands of public sector employees.

Strikes and protests against mass layoffs in Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 11 July 2013

Greek municipal workers went on strike Monday in response to government plans to carry out further redundancies in the public services.

Looting of Greece continues under new government

By Robert Stevens, 5 July 2013

A deal expected over the weekend between the “troika”and the Greek government will have further devastating austerity as its centerpiece.

New Democracy and PASOK form new crisis-ridden government in Greece

By Robert Stevens, 27 June 2013

A crisis-ridden Greek government, composed of New Democracy and PASOK, announced a new cabinet following the resignation of the Democratic Left from the coalition.

DIMAR party leaves Greek government amid protests over TV shutdown

By Christoph Dreier, 22 June 2013

DIMAR chairman Fotis Kouvelis announced that his party would leave the Greek government coalition yesterday, amid protests over the shutdown of public broadcaster ERT.

Mass jobs losses as Greek state broadcaster ordered to reopen

By Robert Stevens, 19 June 2013

The restructuring of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation is part of government and EU plans to impose 150,000 job losses in the public sector by 2015.

Tens of thousands protest closure of public television in Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 14 June 2013

Tens of thousands of workers protested the closure of the Greek public broadcaster on Thursday, defying threats of arrest.

Greek government shuts public broadcast station

By Christoph Dreier, 13 June 2013

On Tuesday night, Greek police stopped transmission of the public broadcasting service, which is slated for restructuring and large-scale job cuts.

Alter-Summit in Athens: A pseudo-left response to growing social opposition in Europe

By Christoph Dreier, 11 June 2013

Trade unions and pseudo-left groups organized a so-called Alter-Summit in Athens, backing the European Union institutions that impose austerity throughout Europe.

The reality of Greece’s “recovery”

By Robert Stevens, 1 June 2013

For the working class, there has been a drastic reversal in living standards, growing mass unemployment and savage cuts in social spending.

Greek government divided over “anti-racist” law

By Christoph Dreier, 30 May 2013

Tensions have risen in the Greek government over draft legislation against racist incitement and state financing of the fascist party Golden Dawn.

The betrayal of the Greek teachers’ strike

By Chris Marsden, 18 May 2013

The decision by leaders of the OLME teachers union to abandon an agreed strike in the face of civil mobilisation orders has delivered a serious blow to the entire Greek working class.

Greek teachers defy military mobilisation orders

By Christoph Dreier, 16 May 2013

Greek teachers have voted to oppose the mobilisation order of the government and begin strike action on Friday.

Attacks on Greek teachers intensify

By Christoph Dreier, 15 May 2013

The public service trade union federation, ADEDY, has made clear that it will not mobilize public employees to defend the teachers.

Greek protests against ban on strikes

By Christoph Dreier, 14 May 2013

Greek police served 88,000 high school teachers with civil mobilization orders on Monday.

Greek government outlaws teachers strike

By Robert Stevens, 13 May 2013

The New Democracy, social democratic PASOK and Democratic Left coalition government signed a civil mobilisation order Saturday to outlaw a teachers strike, scheduled to begin on May 17.

IMF demands further austerity in Greece

By Robert Stevens, 10 May 2013

The IMF’s report follows the agreement made between the “troika” and the coalition government of New Democracy, PASOK and the Democratic Left last month.

Athens mayor bans fascist demonstration

By Christoph Dreier, 4 May 2013

Police intervened to prevent supporters of the Greek fascist party Golden Dawn from carrying out a food distribution in Athens’ Syntagma Square.

Greek unions hold one-day general strike

By Robert Stevens, 2 May 2013

Public transport ground to a halt in the capital Athens, with no train or ferry services operating.

More mass layoffs in Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 30 April 2013

The Greek parliament has voted to dismiss 15,500 public service workers and slash the minimum wage.

EU, Greek government plan more mass layoffs, privatisations

By Robert Stevens, 19 April 2013

Under terms agreed with the “troika” some 15,000 public sector workers will lose their jobs by the end of 2014, including 4,000 jobs this year.

Dozens of migrant farmworkers shot in Greece

By Chris Marsden, 19 April 2013

Thirty or more migrant workers have been wounded in a shooting on a strawberry farm in southern Greece. Eight of the workers remain in critical condition.

European Union demands more austerity in Greece

By Robert Stevens, 13 April 2013

Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem has warned that Greece needed to “speed up its efforts” in order to comply with the troika’s austerity programme.

SYRIZA makes political pact with the nationalist right

By Christoph Dreier, 4 April 2013

The alliance with right-wing nationalists clearly shows SYRIZA’s class character.

Greek parliament overturns right to free, universal education

By Robert Stevens, 2 April 2013

The cynically-named Athena Plan, calling for mass closures of universities and technical institutions, was passed in flagrant violation of the Greek constitution.

After Cyprus, more austerity in Greece

By Robert Stevens, 30 March 2013

Fresh from its financial looting of Cyprus, the European bourgeoisie is threatening to withhold funds from Greece unless it complies with mass sackings in the public sector.

SYRIZA leader Tsipras addresses the British pseudo-left

By Robert Stevens, 23 March 2013

Alexis Tsipras, the leader of Greece’s SYRIZA spoke in London at several events last week.

The right-wing threat in Greece

By Cristoph Dreier, 13 March 2013

Some 68 years after the end of Nazi rule in Europe, fascistic organizations are again part of official politics, and entire ethnic groups are deported and humiliated.

Greek government courts fascist Golden Dawn with anti-immigrant law

By Christoph Dreier, 11 March 2013

As the social crisis worsens in Greece, the ruling class is courting the fascist Golden Dawn group to help it suppress popular opposition.

Austerity demands provoke Greek government crisis

By Robert Stevens, 6 March 2013

The primary demand of the troika is that there be no retreat on plans to slash the number of civil service employees.

Greek military prepares for mass repression

By Robert Stevens, 2 March 2013

Politicians have been in contact with military personnel over how to respond to an “explosion” of social unrest against government austerity measures.

Social counterrevolution in Greece

By Robert Stevens, 25 February 2013

Mass unemployment exists in Greece, with many “working poor” unable to meet their basic needs.

Workers mount 24-hour national strike against social attacks in Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 21 February 2013

Tens of thousands of Greek workers went on strike on Wednesday to protest government austerity measures and attacks on the right to strike.

SYRIZA censures deputy for questioning Greek claims of disputed islands

By Christoph Dreier, 21 February 2013

The Greek Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) has expelled one of its members from a parliamentary committee after he distanced himself from anti-Turkish chauvinism and the Greek army.

Greek strikes continue as unemployment, poverty hit record levels

By Robert Stevens, 16 February 2013

In the face of a deepening slump and growing government repression, workers throughout Greece have continued strikes and protests ahead of a general strike February 20.

A reply to a defender of SYRIZA

By Robert Stevens, 8 February 2013

The WSWS replies to a criticism of “Pseudo-left conceals refusal of SYRIZA, PASOK and trade unions to oppose Golden Dawn.”

Greek government imposes martial law on ferry strikers

By Christoph Dreier, 7 February 2013

The criminalization of striking workers harks back to the police state conditions that prevailed under the fascist regime of the Greek colonels some 40 years ago.

Greek government threatens striking ferry workers with martial law

By Christoph Dreier, 5 February 2013

The Greek government has announced that it intends to ban a strike by ferry workers against wage cuts and sackings and place the workers under martial law.

Greek workers strike against austerity measures

By Christoph Dreier, 1 February 2013

On Thursday Greece witnessed numerous protests and strikes against the government’s austerity measures and its brutal crackdown against strikers.

Political lessons of the Athens subway strike

By Christoph Dreier, 29 January 2013

The invocation of emergency powers and use of state violence to smash the Athens subway strike has shattered all claims that it is possible to shift the policy of the state by mass pressure from below.

Greek government extends strikebreaking against subway workers to rail and tram workers

By Christoph Dreier, 28 January 2013

The Greek government has turned to state repression to halt sympathy strikes after using emergency powers and police violence to break the Athens subway strike.

Refugees subject to vicious treatment by Greek, Italian police

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 28 January 2013

A report by Human Rights Watch documents the way in which Italian border police are deporting groups of asylum seekers to Greece without any attempt to examine their grounds for asylum.

Greek government mobilizes riot police to break Athens subway strike

By Christoph Dreier, 26 January 2013

The use of dictatorial laws and state violence amounts to the criminalization of any form of collective resistance by workers.

Greek pseudo-left leader Tsipras auditions for State Department, IMF

By Bill Van Auken, 26 January 2013

With Greece’s government in deepening crisis, Alexis Tsipras, leader of the SYRIZA opposition party, came to the US to meet with State Department and IMF officials and make a series of public appearances.

Pseudo-left conceals refusal of SYRIZA, PASOK and trade unions to oppose Golden Dawn

By Chris Marsden and Christoph Dreier, 25 January 2013

Boasts of a “united front” against Golden Dawn in Greece are aimed at presenting establishment parties and the trade unions as a bulwark against fascism.

Striking Athens subway workers defy court ruling

By Robert Stevens, 24 January 2013

The strike by Athens subway workers continued into its seventh day yesterday in defiance of a court ruling declaring the work action illegal.

Political issues in the fight against the fascist Golden Dawn

By Chris Marsden, 19 January 2013

Tens of thousands will rally today in Syntagma Square, Athens to voice their opposition to the fascist Golden Dawn.

Greek SYRIZA leader meets with German finance minister

By Christoph Dreier, 15 January 2013

On Monday, Alexis Tsipras met with the German finance minister to discuss the credit agreements between the European Union and Greece.