The European Union
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Christoph Dreier, 11 November 2015
New bankruptcy regulations are aimed at enabling banks to seize apartments and houses.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Martin Kreickenbaum and Andre Damon, 23 October 2015
Governments throughout Europe are responding to the refugee crisis with repression and mass deportation.
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.
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.
By Johannes Stern, 8 October 2015
The second phase of European Union naval operations in the Mediterranean officially began this week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Robert Stevens, 24 September 2015
Syriza is committed to imposing the latest austerity memorandum, the harshest yet imposed on any European country.
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.
By Robert Stevens, 19 September 2015
According to polls, no party is close to winning a majority under the Greek electoral system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.