The European Union

Thousands of refugees stuck on the Balkan route

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 24 November 2015

Under pressure from France and Germany, the Balkan countries are refusing to allow those deemed “economic migrants” to cross their borders, a violation of international law.

Turkish video shows Greek coast guard trying to sink refugee raft

By Kate Randall, 23 November 2015

More than 600,000 refugees from the Middle East and Africa have made the treacherous journey to Greece by sea, and thousands have drowned making the attempt.

EU Summit in Malta strikes dirty deal to keep refugees out of Europe

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 14 November 2015

African dictatorships are to be paid by EU member countries to act as Europe’s border guards and accelerate measures to take back deported migrants.

The Political Lessons of Syriza’s Betrayal in Greece

Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International

13 November 2015

The warnings of the ICFI and WSWS that Syriza was a pro-capitalist party, hostile to the working class, have been completely vindicated.

US media seize on doping report to deepen offensive against Russia

By Thomas Gaist, 12 November 2015

The sudden eruption of an international scandal makes clear that the WADA document is to serve as a vehicle for further financial, cultural and institutional pressure against Moscow.

European Union steps up financial pressure on Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 11 November 2015

New bankruptcy regulations are aimed at enabling banks to seize apartments and houses.

German conservative parties call for harsh border controls

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 4 November 2015

The Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union leaderships are calling for sealing the EU’s borders and interning refugees in “transit zones.”

Berlin: Bureaucratic treatment of refugees leads to death of 4-year-old

By Ludwig Weller and Ute Reissner, 31 October 2015

While the exact circumstances behind the murder of Mohamed remain unclear, the conditions leading to this tragedy were the result of a chain of bureaucratic harassment.

EU Parliament votes nonbinding resolution to protect Edward Snowden

By Alex Lantier, 31 October 2015

While cynically bowing to mass support for Snowden’s exposure of state criminality, the EU offers him no protection from persecution by US and European spy agencies.

EU and Syriza prepare mass evictions in Greece

By Alex Lantier, 28 October 2015

The EU and Syriza are negotiating how to slash protections on eviction, which could lead to hundreds of thousands of Greek families being thrown onto the streets.

EU-Balkan summit seals off refugee escape routes

By Peter Schwarz, 27 October 2015

Supposedly democratic governments have moved to strengthen their security forces, seal off borders, build internment camps and dispatch vulnerable refugees back to the war zones from which they fled.

French president applauds Syriza’s austerity measures before Greek parliament

By Alex Lantier, 26 October 2015

François Hollande and Syriza have been working together closely to block the eruption of mass opposition in the working class to austerity across Europe.

Germany to deport refugees in military cargo planes

By Martin Kreickenbaum and Andre Damon, 23 October 2015

Governments throughout Europe are responding to the refugee crisis with repression and mass deportation.

EU summit moves to seal Europe’s borders against refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 17 October 2015

The European Council summit in Brussels reached an agreement to prevent more than two million refugees in Turkey fleeing war and violence from entering the EU.

The struggle against the TTIP is a class question

By the Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 10 October 2015

It makes a big difference whether one combats the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership from the standpoint of the international working class or from the standpoint of German national interests.

EU intensifies anti-refugee military operations in the Mediterranean

By Johannes Stern, 8 October 2015

The second phase of European Union naval operations in the Mediterranean officially began this week.

Tsipras wins confidence vote in Greek parliament

By Robert Stevens, 8 October 2015

The vote paves the way for the passage of Syriza’s budget proposal, which unleashes a new round of savage cuts against a beleaguered population.

A dirty deal in Brussels: EU to stop refugees with Erdogan’s support

By Johannes Stern, 8 October 2015

Erdogan expects the European powers to abandon all criticism of his regime, and above all support his foreign policy plans.

Twenty-five years since the reunification of Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 5 October 2015

On October 3, 1990 the German Democratic Republic was disbanded 41 years after its foundation and incorporated into the Federal Republic of Germany.

Former Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis denounces working class, praises British Tories

By Chris Marsden, 3 October 2015

Varoufakis is, in essence, Tony Blair in a Greek context—shaped by the same political events and drawing the same political conclusions.

German federal and state governments agree on hardline approach to refugees

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 28 September 2015

At a refugee conference in Berlin, additional countries were declared to be safe countries of origin, and welfare benefits were sharply reduced for refugees.

Hungary deploys army against refugees

By Markus Salzmann, 26 September 2015

The mobilization of the military at the border, while targeting refugees, is aimed at annulling fundamental democratic rights for the entire population.

EU summit reinforces Fortress Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 25 September 2015

The adopted measures are aimed at keeping refugees out, corralling them in camps near the borders and restricting their freedom of movement within Europe.

EU adopts plan to keep out refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 24 September 2015

The purpose of the new refugee quota system is to staunch the influx of migrants, expedite their deportation and seal off the EU’s external borders.

Greek Prime Minister Tsipras selects pro-austerity cabinet

By Robert Stevens, 24 September 2015

Syriza is committed to imposing the latest austerity memorandum, the harshest yet imposed on any European country.

Syriza voted back into office amid mass abstention in Greek election

By Bill Van Auken, 21 September 2015

No party in the elections gave expression to the mass popular sentiment to reject austerity that was revealed in last July’s referendum.

Widespread disillusionment in Greece ahead of Sunday’s election

By Robert Stevens, 19 September 2015

According to polls, no party is close to winning a majority under the Greek electoral system.

Spain: Corruption charges and police raids ahead of key Catalan elections

By James Lerner, 19 September 2015

The 2008 economic crisis has destabilized the whole post-Franco set-up, of which the Democratic Convergence of Catalonia was a part.

The resurrection of borders in Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 18 September 2015

It is only a matter of time before the soldiers of different countries, who are presently warding off refugees at the various borders, start shooting at each other.

France to close borders, Germany to cut benefits as refugee crisis escalates

By Alex Lantier, 18 September 2015

The major European powers are intensifying their attacks on hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing from war-torn countries in Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans.

Hungarian border police fire tear gas and water cannon at refugees

By Chris Marsden, 17 September 2015

Whatever official criticisms are levelled against Hungary, all of the major European powers are responding in a similarly brutal fashion.

European allies of Syriza issue a reactionary “Plan B in Europe”

By Alex Lantier, 17 September 2015

Syriza’s allies have issued a nationalist “Plan B” strategy because their “Plan A,” the election of a Syriza government, has suffered political shipwreck.

Germany closes its borders to refugees

By Peter Schwarz, 15 September 2015

The closure of the German border has triggered an international chain reaction, with refugees being pushed from one border to another, detained and mistreated.

Refugees in Europe confront catastrophic conditions

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 12 September 2015

The generosity of broad layers of the population towards refugees stands in complete contrast to the reaction of the European governments and security agencies.

Refugee crisis in Europe: Popular support for migrants confronts official inhumanity

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 September 2015

The outpouring of support for the refugees has exposed the chasm separating state policy from the sentiments of broad masses of people.

Syriza prepares right-wing government coalition

By Christoph Dreier, 9 September 2015

Syriza leader Tsipras has made clear that, regardless of the result of the upcoming election, he will do everything possible to implement the new credit agreement with the EU.

Austria plans to close border as migrants surge across Europe

By Alex Lantier, 7 September 2015

The refugee crisis, the largest since World War II, is rooted in imperialist wars in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine, waged by the United States and its allies in Europe.

NATO powers move to exploit refugee crisis to intensify bombing of Syria

By Alex Lantier, 7 September 2015

Washington and its European allies plan to exploit the refugee crisis to escalate their bloody war for regime change in Syria, which would create countless more refugees.

European governments treat refugees as a hostile invasion force

By Peter Schwarz, 5 September 2015

European governments are treating the stream of refugees as a hostile invasion force, constructing border fences, using tear gas and deploying the army against migrants.

After failed Thalys attack, Europe prepares further security clampdown

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.

Casualties of “Fortress Europe”: Refugees dead on land and sea

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.

The refugee crisis and the inhuman face of European capitalism

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.

Varoufakis documents Syriza's political treachery

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.

Troops fire on refugees trying to enter Macedonia

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.

German parliamentary committee demands increase in military budget

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.

In bid to ram through austerity package, Tsipras calls snap elections in Greece

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.

Capitalism and the global refugee crisis

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.

German parliament votes by a large majority for Greek austerity plan

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.

European parliaments move to back austerity measures for Greece

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.

Scores of refugees die brutally in the Mediterranean

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.

Eurogroup approves austerity deal with Syriza-led Greek government

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.

What does the “Jeremy Corbyn phenomenon” represent?

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.

Greek parliament votes for new round of austerity measures

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.

Syriza agrees to full list of EU austerity demands in new bailout plan

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.

Hundreds dead as refugee boat sinks in Mediterranean

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.

Imperialist powers prepare another military intervention in Libya

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.

The political bankruptcy of Syriza’s Left Platform

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.

Conflicts erupt over Syriza’s contingency planning for Greek euro exit

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.

The return of the “German question”

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.

German parliament supports attacks on Greek workers

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.

Tsipras expels critics of EU austerity deal from Greek cabinet

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.

Racism and arrogance: Anti-Greek agitation in the German media

By Johannes Stern, 18 July 2015

The German media’s anti-Greek agitation brings to mind the darkest period of German history.

France’s Left Party applauds Syriza’s imposition of EU austerity

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.

Lessons from Greece: The pseudo-left in power

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.

Syriza government campaigns for Greek parliament to pass EU austerity package

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.

Defend the Greek workers! Oppose the diktat of Schäuble and Merkel!

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.

The consequences of Syriza’s betrayal: From terms of surrender to terms of occupation

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.

Tensions erupt in Europe as Berlin threatens to expel Greece from the euro

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.

Tsipras petitions EU for new austerity deal

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.

Euro zone summit rejects emergency funds for Greece, issues austerity ultimatum

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.

Mass demonstrations in Greece follow vote against EU austerity

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.

A landslide “no” to EU austerity in Greece

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.

Greek workers speak out at referendum polling stations

By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 6 July 2015

Operation Nemesis: Danger of state repression against protests in Greece

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

Mass demonstration opposes austerity in Greece

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

Rumbles of military coup as Greek workers demand end to EU austerity

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.

Australian pseudo-left hails Syriza’s fraudulent referendum in Greece

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.

Syriza’s fraudulent capital controls

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.

Greek collapse, global turbulence loom as Syriza imposes capital controls

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.

Greek crisis comes to a head

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.

Greek prime minister calls for referendum on EU austerity demands

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.

EU summit strengthens brutal refugee policy

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.

Political issues in the Greek debt crisis

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.

EU begins military intervention in Mediterranean

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.

After Syriza’s concessions, EU demands more austerity at Greek debt summit

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.

Syriza offers last-ditch concessions prior to EU summit 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.

European Central Bank extends credit on fears of Greek bank collapse

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.

Belgian and French authorities move to seize Russian assets

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.

European Union extends economic sanctions against Russia

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.

EU threatens to push Greece into bankruptcy after collapse of debt talks

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.

The dictatorship of finance capital: Greece and Ukraine

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.

IMF and ECB walk out of Greek debt talks with Syriza

By Robert Stevens, 13 June 2015

The talks centre on new austerity measures to be carried out by Syriza.

Germany, France and Italy to build military drone

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.

In Brussels talks, Greece moves closer to austerity deal with EU

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.

European leaders dictate terms for Greece

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.

Syriza’s Tsipras outlines concessions programme as Greece faces debt default

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.

European Union squabbles over refugee quotas

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.

UK Prime Minister Cameron tours Europe lobbying for EU reforms

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.