By Katerina Selin, 18 September 2017
The Greek parliamentary summer is over. In the weeks and months ahead a new round of cuts will begin, which will lead to fierce class battles.
By Alex Lantier, 12 September 2017
Macron traveled to Greece to hail the austerity measures imposed by the Syriza (“Coalition of the Radical Left”) government, which show the future for the workers of France.
By John Vassilopoulos, 18 July 2017
Nothing is to be allowed that prevents the financial oligarchy from plundering Greece’s assets and stepping up the exploitation of an already pauperised workforce.
By Christoph Vandreier, 28 June 2017
The Syriza government is throwing 10,000 waste disposal workers out of work in order to balance the budget and meet potential demands from the country’s creditors.
By John Vassilopoulos, 19 June 2017
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras boasted that “in the two years that our government is in office, we have implemented more reforms than all the other European states combined.”
By John Vassilopoulos, 13 June 2017
The bill includes measures designed to facilitate mass sackings as well as further sell-offs of public assets.
By Alex Lantier, 18 May 2017
Workers mobilized Wednesday across Greece in a strike called by the trade unions against new austerity measures being imposed by the Syriza government.
By John Vassilopoulos, 6 May 2017
Pensions are set to be slashed by up to 18 percent, affecting some 1.1 million pensioners, equivalent to around 1 percent of GDP.
By John Vassilopoulos, 1 April 2017
Greece’s Syriza-led government has reportedly reached an informal agreement with the European Commission to slash the pensions of 900,000 retirees.
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The statement is a devastating exposure of the pseudo-left in Greece and internationally who shamelessly promoted Syriza as a means for working people to oppose austerity.
By Robert Stevens, 11 February 2017
Under conditions in which US President Donald Trump has declared his desire for the breakup of the EU, Greece is once again in the eye of the storm.
By Christoph Vandreier, 17 December 2016
At a joint press conference in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras made a show of unity in advance of new attacks on the working class.
By John Vassilopoulos, 9 December 2016
In calling the 24-hour general strike, the aim of the union federations was to allow Greek workers to let off steam while the barrage of austerity measures continues unabated.
By John Vassilopoulos, 24 November 2016
Riot police intervened to stop Thursday’s attacks on the camp only after they had gone on for five hours.
By Chris Marsden, 17 November 2016
The European Union has plunged millions of Greek workers into an ever-deeper social nightmare based on an austerity programme that Obama endorses.
By Alex Lantier, 16 November 2016
Obama aimed to reassure the European ruling classes that Donald Trump's election would not undermine their relations with the United States.
By Katerina Selin, 12 November 2016
The Greek government is responding to the country’s growing political and social crisis by working more closely with international creditors to push through austerity measures.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 7 November 2016
Amnesty International has accused the Italian security forces of using torture and ill-treatment to force refugees to be fingerprinted.
By John Vassilopoulos, 7 November 2016
Pattakos was tried and convicted for his crimes during the military junta, but the Greek Stalinists and Syriza allowed him to return to political life.
By John Vassilopoulos, 18 October 2016
European Union commissioner Pierre Moscovici praised Syriza’s “tremendous work” in imposing all the attacks demanded against the working class.
By Katerina Selin, 5 October 2016
On Monday, the Greek government mobilised the police to attack protesting retirees.
By John Vassilopoulos, 27 September 2016
Around 60 percent of the camp was destroyed, including sleeping tents and clothing supplies.
By John Vassilopoulos, 2 September 2016
The sale of the port is part of the wider privatisation programme imposed by the EU and the IMF to raise funds towards the repayment of the country’s vast mountain of debt.
By Katerina Selin, 23 August 2016
The mainstream media has gone silent on refugees in Greece, but the suffering of these people, fleeing war and poverty, continues without interruption.
By John Vassilopoulos, 22 August 2016
Syriza’s inhumane treatment of refugees is entirely in line with the wider policy of the EU, which is fortifying its borders against those attempting to flee imperialist wars.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 July 2016
Syriza’s ceaseless collaboration in the implementation of brutal austerity measures has vindicated the warnings made by the WSWS even before the pseudo-left party came to power.
By Katerina Selin, 6 July 2016
While the Syriza government is throwing pensioners into even more dire poverty, they are also selling off state property to foreign investors.
By Katerina Selin, 17 June 2016
The Syriza-led government, elected on a wave of opposition to austerity, is presiding over a sweeping sell-off of state assets for the benefit of the Greek and European financial elites.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 30 May 2016
Catastrophic conditions prevail in the state-run camps for refugees in Idomeni, near the Macedonia border.
By Christoph Vandreier, 27 May 2016
Eurogroup finance ministers have made clear they will accept no way of dealing with the Greek debt crisis other than continuing attacks on the working class.
By Katerina Selin, 25 May 2016
Special forces and police have forcibly removed all refugees, who have struggled to survive there for months, from the camp.
By Katerina Selin, 23 May 2016
The rightward shift of the pseudo-left Syriza has reached a new peak with the passage of an austerity bill that contains unprecedented cuts to social spending.
By Barry Grey, 21 May 2016
The revival of the class struggle is finding political expression in the turn by workers against all of the parties of the official “left” that are backed by the trade unions.
After Syriza imposes billions in new cuts
By Alex Lantier, 10 May 2016
In the face of mass strikes and protests, Syriza is accepting decades of cuts under cover of restructuring Greek debt.
By Christoph Vandreier, 9 May 2016
The renewal of struggle by the Greek working class must take as its point of departure the political lessons of the bitter experiences with the Syriza government in 2015.
By Alex Lantier, 30 April 2016
European and US authorities are again threatening to force Greece to default on its debts if it does not impose new social cuts.
By David North, 19 April 2016
The anti-Trotskyist blog site of Alex Steiner and Frank Brenner recently reported on a meeting that they hosted in Brooklyn, New York, on April 12.
By John Vassilopoulos, 12 April 2016
A leaked teleconference transcript published by WikiLeaks exposed differences between the European Union and IMF on how to enforce a third austerity package.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 11 April 2016
Greece and the Balkan states stepped up police violence and repression in the wake of the EU’s deal to deport refugees en masse to Turkey.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 April 2016
The police-state measures and summary deportations employed by the Syriza government against refugees are of a piece with its relentless attacks on the Greek working class.
By Johannes Stern, 5 April 2016
The brutal actions against refugees and the militarisation of Europe are directly linked to the intensification of the attacks on the working class in Greece and throughout the continent.
By Robert Stevens, 4 April 2016
Thousands of people are being deported as part of the deal to seal off the “Balkan route” to refugees fleeing the war zones of the Middle East.
By Katerina Selin, 2 April 2016
Two thousand refugees and aid workers demonstrated in Athens against the recent agreement between the EU and Turkey
By Katerina Selin, 26 March 2016
The Syriza-led government is doing everything in its power to implement the EU-Turkey refugee deal.
By Katerina Selin, 16 March 2016
The Syriza government in Greece is playing a key role in blocking refugees from traveling from the Middle East on to Europe.
By Katerina Selin, 7 March 2016
Tens of thousands of refugees fleeing to Europe are trapped in Greece, leading to a humanitarian catastrophe.
By Alex Lantier, 4 March 2016
As growing numbers of refugees flee imperialist wars in the Middle East, the EU is preparing draconian attacks on democratic rights to prevent them from coming to Europe.
By Alex Lantier, 1 March 2016
Police fired stun grenades and tear gas at hundreds of desperate Syrian and Iraqi refugees seeking to travel through the Balkans towards Germany.
By Johannes Stern, 29 February 2016
The dispatch of warships under German leadership to the strategic Aegean Sea to deter refugees heightens the risk of NATO intervention in Syria.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 26 February 2016
The move by West Balkan countries to block refugees from leaving Greece will unleash a humanitarian crisis and intensify tensions throughout Europe.
By John Vassilopoulos and Jean Shaoul, 20 February 2016
The pseudo-left Syriza government is backing US plans to dominate the energy-rich Eastern Mediterranean region and the Middle East.
By Ulrich Rippert, 15 February 2016
Behind Varoufakis’s defence of the European Union is the defence of the sinecures and privileges of the well-off layers for whom Varoufakis speaks.
By John Vassilopoulos, 10 February 2016
Whether enforcing the EU’s reactionary refugee agenda or implementing austerity, the Syriza-led government relies heavily on the police and army to force through its measures.
By Robert Stevens, 5 February 2016
Just over one year after it came to power, Syriza, the party that was hailed by pseudo-left groups internationally, is an object of hatred and contempt.
By John Vassilopoulos, 30 January 2016
Syriza boasts that they have deported 130 people back to Turkey in the space of 15 days.
By Alejandro López, 23 January 2016
All of the parties willing to form or back a “left government” have a historical record and programme of supporting austerity and war.
By Christoph Dreier, 23 January 2016
In Greece, an increasing number of professional groups are protesting against the planned pension cuts of the Syriza government.
By Kumaran Ira, 7 January 2016
Based on Syriza’s record in government, workers must assume that its assurances that it is seeking to protect pensions as much as possible are outright lies.
21 December 2015
The betrayal of the anti-austerity struggles of the Greek working class by the Syriza government is a strategic experience for the working class not only in Greece, but internationally.
By John Vassilopoulos, 16 December 2015
Prior to the raid, police moved all journalists, photographers and aid workers three kilometres from the camp.
By Stefan Steinberg, 8 December 2015
Aware of the massive popular opposition to austerity, Tsipras has sought to win the support of the right-wing opposition for an all-party offensive to enforce his program.
By Alex Lantier, 4 December 2015
Transport workers on the state railways and the Athens subway, trams and airport walked off the job, together with workers in the country’s ports and shipping industries.
By James Cogan, 28 November 2015
Varoufakis admitted in a lecture at the University of Sydney that he had extracted “blood out of stone” in order to repay Greece's creditors.
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 Alex Lantier, 13 November 2015
The growing opposition to Syriza’s austerity policies raises the urgent need for a comprehensive strategic and political reorientation of the working class.
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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 Christoph Dreier, 11 November 2015
New bankruptcy regulations are aimed at enabling banks to seize apartments and houses.
By Robert Stevens, 7 November 2015
The demobilisation of the working class by the trade union apparatus has enabled Syriza to impose a further wave of savage cuts.
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 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 Alex Lantier, 17 October 2015
Working closely with the EU, the Syriza government is trying to liquidate basic social rights won by the European working class in the 20th century.
By Robert Stevens, 13 October 2015
Nikos Michaloliakos and other Golden Dawn officials are accused of being part of a criminal organisation.
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 Christoph Dreier, 6 October 2015
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said that austerity was the “only way” out of the country’s crisis, declaring, “we have to tighten our belts.”
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 Robert Stevens, 30 September 2015
The Greek prime minister began a weeklong trip to the US Saturday, speaking Monday before the United Nations General Assembly.
By Robert Stevens, 26 September 2015
Tsipras, who appointed Kammenos, is well aware of the reactionary character of the Independent Greeks.
By Robert Stevens, 24 September 2015
Syriza is committed to imposing the latest austerity memorandum, the harshest yet imposed on any European country.
By Robert Stevens, 22 September 2015
The main feature of the election was the massive abstention, resulting in the lowest turnout since the restoration of democracy after the fall of the military junta in 1974.
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 Christoph Dreier, 18 September 2015
The Popular Unity Party is seeking to cover its own tracks in the Syriza government and is presenting a nationalist program in the Greek elections.
By Robert Stevens, 17 September 2015
Syriza’s programme claims that the July referendum that rejected austerity and which Syriza then betrayed was the party’s “crowning achievement.”
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 Marianne Arens, 17 September 2015
The PSG held a successful series of meetings on the lessons of the crisis in Greece in Leipzig and Bochum, with a final meeting in Frankfurt last Sunday.
By Alex Lantier, 15 September 2015
Monday’s debate was shaped by Syriza’s betrayal of its promises to end the European Union’s austerity policies.
By Alex Lantier, 14 September 2015
What is being played out in Greece are the initial political consequences of Syriza’s betrayal of its electoral pledges to end austerity policies imposed by the European Union.
By Katerina Selin, 14 September 2015
The German-dominated EU austerity measures imposed on Greece are directly in line with the Nazis’ World War II subjugation and plundering of the country.
By Katerina Selin, 12 September 2015
The occupation of Greece by Nazi Germany was the occasion for some of the worst crimes of World War II.
By Katerina Selin, 11 September 2015
The occupation of Greece by Nazi Germany was the occasion for some of the worst crimes of World War II.
By Richard Dufour, 11 September 2015
Québec Solidaire’s silence on Syriza’s savage austerity measures is a warning that should it ever come to power it will also implement the diktats of big business.
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 our correspondents, 7 September 2015
The balance sheet of the Syriza government, which is implementing unprecedented austerity measures, has been the subject of intense discussions during the campaign.
By Dermot Quinn and Michael Lynch, 7 September 2015
Ireland’s pseudo-left are charting the course that their Greek counterparts have now taken to its logical conclusion.
By Robert Stevens, 4 September 2015
In the weeks leading to the election, Syriza and the rest of Greece’s bourgeois parties are seeking to cement alliances to implement devastating attacks on the working class.
By Robert Stevens, 31 August 2015
New elections to be held on September 20 are a political fraud aimed at suppressing the repeatedly-voiced anti-austerity sentiment of the Greek working class and youth.
By Christoph Dreier, 31 August 2015
This is a reply to a reader’s comment asking the WSWS to explain its differences with the Communist Party of Greece (KKE).
By Christoph Dreier, 28 August 2015
The new elections triggered by Tsipras are aimed at imposing austerity measures against the wishes of the population and have nothing to do with democracy.
By Robert Stevens, 26 August 2015
The main goal of Popular Unity is to prevent the Greek working class from drawing the lessons of the political criminality of Syriza.
By Peter Schwarz, 25 August 2015
The Left Party’s unconditional support for Tsipras as he maneuvers to implement deeply unpopular austerity measures says much about how the Left Party would govern in Germany.