Greece

Athens workers and youth discuss Greek election result

By Robert Stevens, 19 June 2012

The World Socialist Web Site discussed with workers and youth in Athens the result of Sunday’s general election as negotiations continued to form a government following the narrow victory of the conservative New Democracy.

Conservatives narrowly win Greek election

By Chris Marsden, 18 June 2012

The narrow victory of the conservative New Democracy in the Greek general election sets the stage for intense negotiations over the formation of a coalition government.

Greek Communist Party holds final election rally

By Christoph Dreier and Katerina Selin, 18 June 2012

The perspective of the Greek Communist Party, based on nationalism and support for the trade union bureaucracy, makes a mockery of its rhetorical calls for “people’s power” and “interventions of the working class”.

Greek workers, students discuss election with WSWS in Athens

By Robert Stevens, 18 June 2012

A World Socialist Web Site reporting team spoke to a number of workers and young people in Athens on Friday and Saturday on the eve of the June 17 election.

The political issues in the Greek elections

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 16 June 2012

Whoever wins the election, the working class will be forced to repay the €200 billion- plus bailout through the austerity measures attached to the Memorandum signed with the troika.

SYRIZA’s final election rally in Athens

By Christoph Dreier and Katerina Selin, 16 June 2012

Alexis Tsipras promised on Thursday to end the austerity measures in Greece. At the same time he insisted that SYRIZA represented no threat to the European institutions and that his party was ready to recognize the national debt.

Greece: WSWS interviews Athens workers and youth

By Robert Stevens, 16 June 2012

A WSWS reporting team spoke to residents in the district of Aigaleo in west Athens about their attitudes to Sunday’s election.

SYRIZA’s Tsipras pledges to save Greek and European capitalism

By Chris Marsden, 14 June 2012

SYRIZA head Alexis Tsipras chose a column in the Financial Times to pledge that his party will act as the saviour of the euro currency and a tax collector on behalf of the troika.

Greece: University of Athens students speak to WSWS

By our correspondents, 14 June 2012

Students at the main campus of the University of Athens spoke with a World Socialist Web Site reporting team.

Greece: Fascists step up assaults on political opponents and migrants

By Jordan Shilton, 13 June 2012

The assault launched by the spokesman of Greece’s neo-fascist Golden Dawn against two political rivals on live television must be taken as a warning to working people.

German finance minister threatens Greek voters

By Ulrich Rippert, 13 June 2012

The German government has intensified its threats against Greek voters on the eve of parliamentary elections this weekend.

Greek crisis exposes bankruptcy of petty-bourgeois ex-left

By Alex Lantier, 12 June 2012

Terrified by the escalating European debt crisis, the petty-bourgeois ex-left is divided over how to reconcile its “anti-capitalist” phrase-mongering with its pro-capitalist politics.

Athens court declares two strikes illegal

By Robert Stevens, 9 June 2012

In the last week, two strikes have been declared illegal in Greece, including the long-running steelworkers strike at the Hellenic Steel Company.

The euro crisis and the role of SYRIZA

By Christoph Dreier, 8 June 2012

Pseudo-left forces such as SYRIZA, which seek to subordinate workers to various factions of the ruling class, constitute a critical obstacle to the development of an international revolutionary movement of the working class.

SYRIZA leader Tsipras lays out right-wing policies for Greek crisis

By Alex Lantier, 6 June 2012

On May 31, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras gave Time magazine a long interview on his party’s program in Greece’s June 17 elections.

Greece: SYRIZA presents its economic programme

By Christoph Dreier, 2 June 2012

SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras proposed to terminate loan agreements with Greece’s creditors and reverse the cuts imposed on Greece in recent years.

SYRIZA leader Tsipras backs the Greek military

By Christoph Dreier, 1 June 2012

On Tuesday the leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), Alexis Tsipras, held talks with the Greek Defence Ministry and army high command.

Germany: Günter Grass criticizes EU’s treatment of Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 31 May 2012

The German author Günter Grass has published a withering critique of the policy of Germany and the European Union towards Greece.

Double suicide underscores Greece’s deepening health crisis

By Robert Stevens, 29 May 2012

The appalling suicide of a mother and son in Athens again underscores the social nightmare being visited on Greece.

IMF chief: It’s “payback time” for Greek workers

By Stefan Steinberg, 28 May 2012

In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde vented her class hatred for the workers of Greece, denouncing them as tax scofflaws and ruling out any respite from the austerity measures that have devastated the country.

Greek ruling elite prepares for showdown with working class

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 26 May 2012

As Greece prepares for elections on June 17 amid an overwhelming popular rejection of austerity, the ruling class is making secret preparations for a military crackdown against the workers.

Greece: French Left Front backs SYRIZA’s appeal to the banks

By Antoine Lerougetel, 25 May 2012

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the Left Front (FG) candidate in last month's French presidential elections hosted a meeting in Paris on Monday with Alexis Tsipras, the leader of Greece’s Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA).

The pseudo-left unmasked in Greece

By Alex Lantier, 24 May 2012

It has taken only a few days since the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) became the front-runner in Greece’s June 17 elections for the bankruptcy of its politics to become clear.

SYRIZA leader Tsipras in Berlin

By Christoph Dreier, 24 May 2012

Tsipras stressed that his party was in no way dismissive or even hostile to EU institutions, and that Greece under his rule would not leave the EU.

Greek SYRIZA leader Tsipras pledges to repay banks in European tour

By Alex Lantier, 22 May 2012

Alexis Tsipras, the leader of Greece’s Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), visited Paris yesterday to meet with Left Front officials.

Greece: The program of Syriza

By Christoph Dreier and Peter Schwarz, 19 May 2012

Syriza’s goal is not the socialist transformation of society, but creating better conditions for the upper middle class and sections of the Greek bourgeoisie.

New elections called in Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 17 May 2012

The failure of efforts to form a government with a working majority after May 6 elections in Greece has intensified the crisis in Europe.

Greece and the global crisis of capitalism

By Chris Marsden, 17 May 2012

The crisis in Greece is an acute expression of a broader crisis of European and world capitalism.

Greece: SYRIZA support sought to enforce austerity measures

By Christoph Dreier, 15 May 2012

The ruling elite in Greece and the EU are apparently convinced that they can best regain control over growing popular opposition to austerity measures with the help of SYRIZA.

Negotiations on Greek coalition government continue

By Christoph Dreier, 12 May 2012

The aim of the current talks in Greece is to develop a political mechanism capable of implementing the austerity policies of the European Union in the face of massive opposition.

Coalition talks continue in Greece as EU demands austerity measures

By Christoph Dreier, 10 May 2012

Representatives of the EU have responded to the Greek vote by aggressively insisting that austerity measures must go forward, regardless of mass opposition.

Elections in Greece and France herald fresh social conflicts

By Peter Schwarz, 8 May 2012

The voting out of office of Nicolas Sarkozy in France and the devastating defeat of the ruling parties in Greece are an expression of broad opposition to the austerity policies laid down by the European Union.

Greek elections reflect mass opposition to austerity

By Christoph Dreier, 7 May 2012

The Greek vote on Sunday is a clear popular repudiation of the policies of austerity. The main beneficiaries of the shift in popular sentiment to the left, however, do not represent a genuine alternative.

Pseudo-left parties in Greek election offer no alternative

By Katerina Selin and Christoph Dreier, 4 May 2012

The Greek election is overshadowed by poverty and a growing desperation fuelled by the broad sentiment that no party expresses the genuine social interests of the population.

May Day protests in Greece and Spain

By our reporters, 3 May 2012

The World Socialist Web Site reports on the May day rallies held in Greece and Spain.

Greek elections: Workers have no voice

By Christoph Dreier, 28 April 2012

Despite the plethora of parties contesting the Greek elections on 6 May, workers have no voice.

Troika gives green light for Greek election

By Stefan Steinberg, 13 April 2012

The date for the upcoming Greek election has been decided by the representatives of international high finance.

Hundreds attend memorial in Athens for Dimitris Christoulas

By Julie Hyland, 9 April 2012

On Saturday, hundreds attended a memorial service for Dimitris Christoulas, the 77-year old former pharmacist who killed himself with a handgun on Wednesday morning in Athens’ Syntagma Square.

Police violently break up protests following suicide in Athens

By Christoph Dreier, 7 April 2012

Thousands of mostly young people have taken to the streets of Athens following the suicide of 77-year-old Dimitris Christoulas on Wednesday.

As ruling party loses support, Greek “left” cosies up to PASOK

By Christoph Dreier, 23 March 2012

With support plummeting for the Greek ruling parties, a host of pseudo-left parties are working to stabilize the situation and lay the ground for a government capable of enforcing new attacks on the working class.

The Greek crisis is only the beginning

By Nick Beams, 19 March 2012

The €130 billion package was not a bailout of Greece, but of the banks and financial institutions that put money in its bonds.

On-the-spot report

Unemployment, wage cuts destroy living standards of millions in Greece

By our reporters, 17 March 2012

Plastered on the windows of the unemployment office in the Neos Kosmos district of Athens are posters with slogans denouncing the austerity measures of the unelected government of Lucas Papademos.

On-the-spot report

Greek health service faces catastrophic cuts

By our reporters, 15 March 2012

Massive cuts to the public health care service were passed by the Greek parliament on March 1.

On-the-spot report

Hunger and homelessness on the rise in Greece

By our reporters, 14 March 2012

It is officially estimated that a third of Greeks now live below the poverty line, but things are much worse in reality.

On-the-spot report

Athens steel strike enters fifth month

By our reporters, 13 March 2012

This month, steelworkers employed at the Hellenic Steel plant on the outskirts of the Greek capital entered the fifth month of a bitter strike.

Financial organisations declare Greece to be in default

By Stefan Steinberg, 12 March 2012

Far from warding off insolvency, Thursday’s debt relief deal for Greece represents a significant step towards the official bankruptcy of the country.

The Greek agony

By Peter Schwarz, 10 March 2012

The debt “haircut” for the holders of Greek bonds has not reduced the country’s debt, but increased it.

Hedge funds speculate on Greek default

By Ulrich Rippert, 8 March 2012

What is clear from the latest haggling over private investor participation in a Greek debt deal is that the most aggressive sectors of speculative finance capital have been able to expand their activities and influence.

German parliament supports austerity for Greece

By Peter Schwarz, 29 February 2012

Although the talk is always of “aid” or a “rescue package” for Greece, the almost 200 billion euros will flow directly into the coffers of the banks.

European trade unions back EU austerity demands

By Christoph Dreier, 25 February 2012

Rather than siding with the Greek workers against the European Union and its policy of social devastation, the European trade unions, including those in Greece, are working with the EU and the European governments to contain the crisis by impoverishing the working class.

The European Union and Greece

By Peter Schwarz, 23 February 2012

The events in Greece show the true character of the European Union. It is not a means of achieving genuine European unity, but rather an instrument to subjugate all of Europe under the dictatorship of finance capital.

Greek deal: More pain for workers, no end to Europe’s crisis

By Julie Hyland, 22 February 2012

The €130 billion plus package of loans agreed by euro zone finance ministers does nothing to protect Greece from bankruptcy.

Euro zone negotiates Greek bailout amid rising popular opposition

By Christoph Dreier and Alex Lantier, 21 February 2012

A euro zone finance ministers’ meeting strained to reach an agreement on a new “bailout” for Greece, based on deeply unpopular austerity measures.

Greek “left” pushes to join the government

By Christoph Dreier, 20 February 2012

In the socially explosive situation in Greece today a government of the “left” would merely strive to break the workers’ resistance and prepare authoritarian forms of rule.

Workers in Germany and Europe must defend the Greek working class

By Ulrich Rippert, 18 February 2012

The European working class and especially German workers must come to the aid of the Greek population.

Euro zone ministers tighten screws on Greece

By Nick Beams, 16 February 2012

Athens accused “forces in Europe” of trying to drive out of the euro, as leading euro zone countries issued further demands to be met before bailout funds are released.

Greece heads toward a revolutionary explosion

By Peter Schwarz, 15 February 2012

The militant protest by 100,000 people in front of the Greek parliament Sunday evening marked a sharp turn in the mood of the Greek population.

As popular anger erupts

Euro zone ministers to demand still more Greek cuts

By Nick Beams, 14 February 2012

Despite the Greek parliament passing a sweeping austerity program, the meeting of euro zone finance ministers to be held tomorrow is likely to demand further cuts.

Greek parliament votes for sweeping cuts

By Nick Beams, 13 February 2012

The far-reaching austerity package will push the country deeper into recession and bring further social misery.

Speculation on Greek default mounts as EU demands still more cuts

By Robert Stevens, 11 February 2012

With speculation mounting of a possible forced exit from the euro, the unelected governing coalition led by Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos is pledging to meet whatever requirements are demanded of it.

The looting of the Greek working class

By Peter Schwarz, 10 February 2012

The “troika” of the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank is demanding no less than the complete ruination of the Greek working class.

Greek parties in talks as banks demand deep wage, social cuts

By Alex Lantier, 9 February 2012

Leaders of the three political parties in Greece’s coalition government met yesterday to discuss new demands from European financial authorities for deep cuts in wages and social spending.

Greek government agrees to savage cuts, but troika demands more

By Robert Stevens, 8 February 2012

Talks held Tuesday night between the three parties making up the Greek government of Prime Minister Lucas Papademos failed to finalise the cuts demanded of it in return for a €130 billion rescue package.

Greece default closer amid warnings of “social explosion”

By Nick Beams, 6 February 2012

The austerity measures being demanded are said to include a 25 percent cut in the minimum private sector wage and a 35 percent reduction in supplementary pensions.

Berlin calls for EU-run bankers’ dictatorship over Greek economy

By Stefan Steinberg, 30 January 2012

The German government is proposing that the European Union be empowered to directly control Greek budget policy.

Banks and EU leaders pressure Greece for more austerity

By Stefan Steinberg, 23 January 2012

International financial institutions and European leaders are demanding more of the budget cuts that have had such consequences for Greek workers over the past three years.

Unelected prime minister demands more sacrifices from Greek workers

By Stefan Steinberg, 7 January 2012

Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos met with trade union leaders on Wednesday to win their support for a new round of austerity.

Troika demands Greece make billions more in spending cuts

By Robert Stevens, 22 December 2011

Days after the unelected government of Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos passed a drastic austerity budget, the IMF, the EU and the European Central Bank are demanding billions more in cuts.

New fears of Greek default and new austerity demands against Greek workers

By Robert Stevens, 15 December 2011

The unelected government of Prime Minister Lucas Papademos is facing a possible default on the nation’s mounting debt as the international banks demand further concessions in return for loans.

Greek government imposes new austerity budget

By Robert Stevens, 10 December 2011

Early Wednesday morning, the unelected Greek “technocratic” government of former central banker Lucas Papademos passed a brutal austerity budget.

Mass layoffs in Greece’s public sector

By Christoph Dreier, 1 December 2011

On Monday, the new Greek government began implementing mass forced retirements in the public sector.

Greek police make first raid on university since fall of military junta

By Robert Stevens, 24 November 2011

Last Thursday, the newly imposed Greek government utilized PASOK’s abolition of the Academic Asylum law to authorise the police entry into a public university for the first time since 1982.

The threat of dictatorship in Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 21 November 2011

The manner in which the new Greek government was imposed and the forces upon which it relies underscore the mounting threat to the democratic rights of working people in Greece and throughout Europe.

Newly-installed Greek government pledges continued cuts

By Christoph Dreier, 15 November 2011

The new Greek government under Prime Minister Papademos announced further austerity measures. It relies not only on the social-democratic PASOK, but also on the extreme right wing LAOS party.

Greek “left” prepares new trap for the working class

By Christoph Dreier, 12 November 2011

Greece’s trade unions and pseudo-socialist parties are advancing the perspective of a bourgeois “left” unity government to smother working class opposition to the new technocratic regime installed by the EU, the IMF and the banks.

Favorite of European banks appointed to head Greek government

By Stefan Steinberg, 11 November 2011

Lucas Papademos is regarded as a safe pair of hands by his banking colleagues—a man who takes his orders directly from the major financial institutions of Europe.

No national government in Greece as talks break up

By Chris Marsden, 10 November 2011

After three days of negotiations, Greece has still not gotten a new national unity government.

Talks on Greek national government stagger on without agreement

By Chris Marsden, 9 November 2011

Yesterday, Greece’s political establishment again failed to meet the demands of the European Union and the United States to announce the formation of a national government.

Greece and the dictatorship of finance

By Peter Schwarz, 9 November 2011

The events that have rocked Greece in recent days are a lesson and a warning for all of Europe.

Major powers successfully dictate regime change in Greece

By Chris Marsden, 8 November 2011

Just three days after he won a vote of confidence, Greece’s Prime Minister George Papandreou is out and a government of “national unity” is being formed—combining PASOK and the main conservative opposition, New Democracy.

Greek government crisis triggers new round of budget cuts in Europe

By Christoph Dreier, 8 November 2011

The government crisis and the attacks on the working class in Greece were the prelude to a new round of social cuts throughout Europe.

Greek prime minister forced out in euro crisis deal

By Patrick Martin, 7 November 2011

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou agreed to resign Sunday and be replaced by a coalition government of national unity that will have a mandate from the bankers and European heads of state to impose even more drastic austerity measures on the working people of Greece.

Papandreou pledges Greek government of national unity

By Chris Marsden, 5 November 2011

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou survived a vote of no confidence last night, but only by pledging immediate moves to form a national unity government.

Papandreou cancels referendum on Greek austerity plan

By Peter Schwarz, 4 November 2011

Under massive pressure from Germany and France, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has cancelled his plan for a referendum on the austerity measures demanded by the European Union.

US business magazine: Military coup best solution for Greece

By Bill Van Auken, 4 November 2011

Forbes magazine, which bills itself as “Information for the World's Business Leaders,” has published an article on its web site entitled “The real Greek solution: a military coup.”

Are Obama and NATO plotting a military coup in Greece?

By Bill Van Auken, 3 November 2011

The sudden dismissal of the Greek military’s high command Tuesday night, amid international uproar over a proposal for a referendum on an EU debt plan, has all the hallmarks of an action taken to preempt the threat of a military coup.

Europe on the brink as Greece staggers towards default

By Chris Marsden, 3 November 2011

The G20 summit beginning today has been thrown into desperate crisis over the increasingly likely failure of Greece to meet the terms of the latest tranche of loans from the European Union, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank.

Coup fears in Greece over referendum plan

By Peter Schwarz, 2 November 2011

Prime Minister Papandreou sacked the Greek military high command Tuesday amid mounting furor over his proposal for a referendum on an EU bailout plan that spells years of punishing austerity for Greek workers.

The way forward in Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 25 October 2011

Greek trade unions are doing all they can to sabotage a movement of workers against the government.

PASOK approves further austerity measures for Greece

By Robert Stevens, 21 October 2011

The Greek social democratic PASOK government has given final approval to a new, brutal austerity programme in the face of massive popular opposition

More than 100,000 protest in Athens

By Christoph Dreiser, 21 October 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to protestors in Athens during the second day of a 48-hour general strike.

Massive protests on first day of Greek general strike

By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 20 October 2011

Greece was hit on Wednesday, the first day of a 48-hour general strike, with the biggest protests since the fall of the military regime in 1974.

“We need the help of workers in Europe,” says Athens protester

By our reporters, 20 October 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers and young people protesting in Athens.

Greek refuse workers threatened with army intervention on eve of general strike

By Robert Stevens, 19 October 2011

Greece’s social democratic PASOK government is preparing to use the army against striking Athens refuse workers and threatening mass arrests ahead of today’s 48-hour general strike.

Growing strike wave in Greece

By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2011

Strikes and protests escalated throughout Greece this week as workers protested against the austerity programme of the social democratic PASOK government of Prime Minister George Papandreou.

Financial officials increase pressure on Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 13 October 2011

In its preliminary summary, the troika paints a bleak picture of Greece’s economic development and seeks to pressure Athens to implement cuts and deregulation.

Greece’s health system faces collapse

By Robert Stevens, 13 October 2011

The austerity measures being forced onto the Greek population by the ruling social democratic PASOK government are literally killing people.

European Union prepares for Greek state bankruptcy

By Peter Schwarz, 8 October 2011

The European institutions have clearly changed course in relation to Greece. Instead of the “rescue” of the country, they are now discussing its bankruptcy, and reducing the risk of contagion.

Tens of thousands strike in Greece as military threatens to intervene against anti-austerity protests

By Robert Stevens, 6 October 2011

Tens of thousands of workers, pensioners and youth protested throughout Greece Wednesday in a 24-hour public sector strike.

Socialism and the global economic crisis

By Stefan Steinberg and Barry Grey, 6 October 2011

Three years into the severest world economic crisis since the 1930s, stock markets around the world are once again tumbling as the capitalist system plunges into depression.