The European Union

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.

Riga talks fail to produce Greek loan deal

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.”

Moves for a “left alliance” government accelerate in Portugal

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.

EU approves military operation against Mediterranean refugees

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.

Syriza government endorses “war on terror” to divert opposition to austerity

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.

Anger mounts among Greek retirees as Syriza threatens to withhold pensions

By Kumaran Ira, 2 May 2015

The Syriza government delayed pension payments while continuing to repay the banks.

European Union steps up repressive measures against refugees

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.

The lessons of the capitulation of Syriza

By Christoph Dreier, 1 May 2015

Three months after taking power, Syriza has become the key instrument for continuing the implementation of social cuts.

Greece’s Syriza government signals pension 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.

EU steps up police and military operations against refugees after special summit

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.

The refugee crisis and the new “scramble for 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.

The pseudo-left and the Libyan catastrophe

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.

European Union plans more aggressive measures against refugees

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.

Syriza dispatches police to clear protesters from Athens university

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.

European Union, banks ramp up pressure on Greece’s Syriza government

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.

Why is Syriza demanding reparations from Germany?

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.

Greece’s Tsipras manoeuvres with Russia in bid to strike better bargain with Europe

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.

Greece verges on default as creditors demand deeper austerity cuts

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.

New defeat for Socialist Party in second round of French local elections

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.

Syriza government submits new list of austerity proposals to Greece’s creditors

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.

Syriza leader Tsipras meets with Left Party leaders in Berlin

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.

Tsipras in Berlin: Germany and Greece pledge “cooperation” in imposing austerity

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.

Syriza promises new austerity list as European institutions intensify pressure on Greece

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.

Attack on democratic rights in Germany follows Blockupy protest

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.

Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis prostrates himself on German talk show

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.

Troika enforcers return to Athens to step up looting of Greece

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.

Greece and the dictatorship of finance capital

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.

Greece told deeper austerity needed to secure additional loans

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.”

European Union press Syriza to deepen its austerity program for Greece

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.

Greek debt crisis sharpens geostrategic tensions between US, Europe, Russia

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.

French Socialist Party government announces new round of free-market reforms

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.