The Syriza government in Greece: The pseudo-left in power
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.
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 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.
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 Robert Stevens, 22 August 2015
The new elections are part of a political conspiracy involving both Syriza and the newly formed Popular Unity Party to impose unpopular austerity measures.
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 Peter Schwarz, 21 August 2015
Heribert Prantl of the Süddeutsche Zeitung praised the Bundestag debate on the Greek austerity measures as “highly refreshing for parliamentary democracy.”
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 Martin Kreikenbaum, 18 August 2015
Refugees traveling the 4,000 kilometres between Syria and Germany, France and Sweden must endure a treacherous journey through Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary.
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, 13 August 2015
Since Syriza came to office in January, its entire policy of dealing with refugees and asylum seekers has been based on repression.
By Steve James and Chris Marsden, 13 August 2015
Scottish Socialist Party leader Colin Fox has made clear that what Syriza has done in Greece, the SSP would be more than ready to do in Scotland.
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 Marianne Arens, 11 August 2015
Italian pseudo-left politician Nichi Vendola is dissolving his SEL organisation and preparing to establish a new “political subject” modelled on Syriza.
By Robert Stevens, 4 August 2015
Syriza’s initial support for a debt audit was merely a diversion to prevent any mobilisation of the working class against the EU and the Greek ruling class.
By Kumaran Ira, 4 August 2015
In pointing to the danger of the fascist Golden Dawn, Thanasis Kourkoulas, from Syriza’s Left Platform, is acting in political bad faith.
By Robert Stevens, 3 August 2015
According to a report in a leading Greek daily newspaper, the IMF has listed a further 16 austerity measures that must be passed by Syriza within three months.
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, 30 July 2015
Varoufakis faces charges that could lead to his imprisonment, including treason and participating in a criminal organisation.
By Verena Nees, 30 July 2015
The “Trust Fund” is the centrepiece of the EU’s new austerity programme and is aimed at plundering the Greek economy.
By Verena Nees, 30 July 2015
The meeting put forward the position that the defence of the working class in Greece requires a united struggle by the entire European working class against austerity.
“We need a revolution”
By our reporters, 29 July 2015
In discussions with German workers and youth, PSG supporters found widespread solidarity with the Greek population and opposition to the policies of the German government.
By Alex Lantier and Anthony Torres, 29 July 2015
The NPA, having promoted Syriza as a great hope for the left, is politically responsible for the EU austerity measures Syriza is imposing against the Greek people.
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 our reporters, 28 July 2015
The SEP meetings were the only public events in Australia to expose Syriza’s craven capitulation to German banks and the financial elites.
By Marianne Arens and Désirée Müller, 25 July 2015
Workers repeatedly declared their opposition to the policies of the German government and compared them to actions taken during the darkest chapters of German history.
By Stéphane Hugues, 25 July 2015
With the devastating character of Syriza’s betrayal of the Greek people exposed, LO is leaping to the defense of the Greek government.
By Alex Lantier, 24 July 2015
Aware that their brutal austerity policies will provoke mass anger as they go into effect in the coming months, Syriza officials are coming forward to defend their record.
By Johannes Stern, 24 July 2015
The actions of Syriza in Greece have laid bare the thoroughly anti-working-class and pro-imperialist character of its political partners—in particular Podemos in Spain and the Left Party in Germany.
By Christoph Dreier and Alex Lantier, 23 July 2015
The parliament did not even have the time to read the 900-page draft dictated by the EU, submitted to it the day before Wednesday’s vote.
By Christoph Dreier, 22 July 2015
Officials of the European Central Bank, European Union and International Monetary Fund will work out the details of the third credit/austerity program imposed on Greece.
By Evel Economakis, 22 July 2015
The WSWS has received this report from a reader in Athens, Greece on the reaction to Syriza’s agreement on a new round of brutal austerity measures.
By our correspondents, 22 July 2015
“Greece is in conditions of war again, not a military war, but it’s akin to war—the type of poverty imposed on them.”
After Berlin dictates EU bailout of Greece
By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 21 July 2015
While the French bourgeoisie supports harsh attacks on Greek workers, it is shocked by Berlin’s threat to unilaterally expel Greece from the euro zone.
By Chris Marsden, 20 July 2015
The former Greek finance minister described in a recent interview the “air of defeat” within the Syriza leadership following the landslide “no” vote in the July 5 referendum on EU austerity.
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 our correspondents, 17 July 2015
Workers at GM-Opel’s Rüsselsheim plant denounced the brutal austerity measures imposed on Greece last weekend by the German government.
By Chris Marsden, 16 July 2015
The legislation was overwhelmingly approved by a vote of 229 to 64, as the Greek government deployed riot police against protests outside of parliament.
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.
15 July 2015
The WSWS recently received a letter from Greece on the Syriza betrayal.
By Paul Stuart and Paul Mitchell, 15 July 2015
Stathis Kouvelakis, the leader of the Left Platform within Syriza, said at a rally in London that it is impermissible to describe the government’s endorsement of savage austerity as a betrayal.
By Chris Marsden, 14 July 2015
The function of Greece’s parliament will be to rubber-stamp the transfer of real authority to Brussels and Berlin.
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 our reporters, 14 July 2015
Developments in Greece are being followed by broad layers of workers and youth in Germany.
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 Alex Lantier, 11 July 2015
With extraordinary speed, the Syriza-led government has repudiated the landslide “no” vote in Sunday’s referendum by proposing €13 billion in austerity measures.
By Alex Lantier, 10 July 2015
The €13 billion package of cuts, including regressive sales taxes and an increase in the retirement age, is a repudiation of the landslide “no” vote on austerity in Sunday’s referendum.
By Jerry White, 10 July 2015
In the face of economic blackmail and even threats of a military coup, the Greek working class overwhelmingly rejected the European Union’s austerity demands.
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.
On-the-spot report from Athens
“This is the 21st century—we want more than this”
By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 8 July 2015
The WSWS spoke to workers and young people in the aftermath of the overwhelming “no” vote last Sunday.