The European Union
By Francis Dubois, 31 August 2015
Attacks attributed to Islamist networks being mobilized by NATO in Syria are used to justify the escalating assault on democratic rights in Europe.
By Marianne Arens and Patrick Martin, 29 August 2015
On the same day, 71 refugees were found asphyxiated in a truck in Austria, while another 250 died off the Libyan coast when two ships capsized.
By Peter Schwarz, 28 August 2015
The horrors facing refugees are compounded by the day. On Thursday, two boats capsized near Libya, with hundreds feared dead. This follows the death of up to 50 Syrian refugees in a truck in Austria.
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 Bill Van Auken, 22 August 2015
The vicious assault unfolded amid a crisis over how to deal with the growing numbers fleeing to Europe to escape war and poverty.
By Johannes Stern, 22 August 2015
The German establishment’s war policies are being developed in close collaboration with the Left Party and the trade unions.
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 Robert Stevens, 21 August 2015
Millions have been made homeless and thrown into grinding poverty as a result of wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya.
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 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, 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 Martin Kreickenbaum, 7 August 2015
The US and European powers bear responsibility for the mass deaths of refugees trying to escape the terrible conditions in their home countries.
By Jean Shaoul, 5 August 2015
Troops from five European nations will work with US forces, the EU and the UN in an operation expected to number several thousand.
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, 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 Peter Schwarz, 22 July 2015
The international press is once again gripped by the question of how Germany can be kept under control and prevented from dominating Europe.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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 Martin Kreikenbaum, 27 June 2015
Deportations are to be more effectively organized and special camps created in which asylum proceedings will be fast-tracked under the supervision of EU authorities.
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 Martin Kreickenbaum, 25 June 2015
The military operation will use military force against refugee boats, particularly in Libya, and involves a massive expansion of intelligence and police powers.
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 Andrea Peters, 20 June 2015
Implementing a ruling handed down by the Hague, law enforcement officials are working to seize billions of dollars of Russian assets in Europe and around the world.
By Alex Lantier, 19 June 2015
The sanctions are part of a broad drive by the NATO powers to isolate Russia, threatening it with bankruptcy and war, in order to reduce it to a semi-colonial status.
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, 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.
By Denis Krasnin, 6 June 2015
The European powers, above all Germany, intend to use their own drone program to increase their independence from Israeli and US production.
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.
By Nick Beams, 3 June 2015
German chancellor Angela Merkel convened a meeting in Berlin late Monday that laid out the demands of Greece’s creditors.
By Robert Stevens, 2 June 2015
Syriza has claimed that it was possible to reach an amicable, negotiated settlement with the troika over Greece’s debt, based on Athens remaining in the euro zone.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 30 May 2015
While military intervention on the coast of Libya to destroy refugee boats is welcomed by all member states, the question of accepting refugees has unleashed a fierce dispute.
By Chris Marsden, 30 May 2015
Cameron received a fairly hostile reception in France, a country occupying a special position of enmity for the Tory right and the UK Independence Party.
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.”
By Paul Mitchell, 25 May 2015
With the Socialist Party unable to significantly capitalize on the disaffection with the government, smaller pseudo-left parties could hold the balance of power.
By Johannes Stern, 21 May 2015
On Monday, EU foreign and defence ministers agreed to plans for a military intervention against refugees in the Mediterranean and North Africa.
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.
By Kumaran Ira, 2 May 2015
The Syriza government delayed pension payments while continuing to repay the banks.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 2 May 2015
The EU’s militarized anti-refugee measures do not stop at the Libyan coast, but are being extended to Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Mali and Niger.
By Christoph Dreier, 1 May 2015
Three months after taking power, Syriza has become the key instrument for continuing the implementation of social 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.
By Johannes Stern, 24 April 2015
The special summit of the European Union yesterday in Brussels was dedicated to the construction of “Fortress Europe” and the efforts of the European powers to recolonize Africa.
By Johannes Stern, 23 April 2015
The European powers are seizing on the mass drownings in the Mediterranean to further their plans for the recolonization of Africa.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 April 2015
The pseudo-left organizations that served as cheerleaders for imperialist intervention in North Africa and the Middle East share responsibility for the latest disaster.
By Johannes Stern, 21 April 2015
The European powers are preparing to exploit the mass deaths in the Mediterranean to intervene militarily once again in the geostrategically important and resource-rich region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Alex Lantier, 30 March 2015
The right-wing Union for a Popular Movement swept up to 70 of France’s 101 departments, as voters punished the Socialist Party for its attacks on jobs and wages.
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, 20 March 2015
The German media and politicians have responded to the Blockupy protests against the ECB on Wednesday by denouncing the protesters and demanding restrictions on the freedom of assembly.
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, 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.
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 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 Kumaran Ira, 4 March 2015
After pushing through the Macron Law on deregulation, the PS government is preparing a further round of sweeping austerity measures and structural reforms.
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 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 Robert Stevens, 24 February 2015
The financial aristocracy celebrated the Syriza government’s abject capitulation to the European Union’s demands for renewed austerity.
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.
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 Nick Beams, 16 February 2015
Financial Times columnist advises Syriza-led government to stand firm in “high noon” showdown with euro zone finance ministers.