Posts under ‘Europe’

Democracy versus capitalism – how Greece should survive

by Michael Meacher.

It is difficult for us to comprehend what the Greek people have been subjected to. After the 2008 crash UK unemployment rose to 8%; in Greece it is still 26% with youth unemployment at over 50%. UK GDP fell by 9%; Greek GDP collapsed by 25%. What is remarkable is not the momentous Syriza victory […]

Syriza has interesting allies: Vladimir Putin and Mark Carney

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

By their friends shall ye know them? This old adage has got some folks feeling a bit uncomfortable as the new Syriza government apparently cosies up to Mother Russia. This is by no means a new thing. Last year Alexis Tsipras provided Putin’s interventions in Ukraine with some political cover. Interesting friends of Syriza are […]

Writing on the wall as hope comes to Greece, but they need your support

by Mike Davis.

Mike Davis on why supporters of an alternative economic model need to demonstrate solidarity with the new anti-austerity Syriza government. Solidarity is vital. Ways you can help are set out below ‘The most left wing government elected in Europe since the Second World War’ is a hard tag for Syriza to live up to. This was […]

Syriza’s victory: turning hope into reality

by Michael Burke and John Ross.

The Greek people have inspired every progressive force in Europe, and beyond, by electing the first anti-austerity government in Europe. Syriza has similarly inspired every progressive person with the great political skill with which it outmanoeuvred the forces in Greece and Europe who attempted to scare the Greek people into not voting for it. As […]

Syriza deserve our trust, support and solidarity

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

‘Radical Left Takes Power‘. There’s a headline not seen in my lifetime. Syriza‘s victory in Sunday’s Greek elections is rightly being greeted with dismay, derision, and near panic by those who presume to know the needs of Greece better than the 2.2m voters who turned out against a completely unnecessary economic depression and austerity-without-end. Sadly, […]

Remembering the last Greek government elected on a Bennite programme

by Jon Lansman.

As PASOK suffers the worst defeat in its history, the one thing it still has in common with Syriza is that it too was once elected on a Bennite programme. We reflect on that with the help of Tony Benn. Last night’s sweeping victory for Syriza is the first election of a genuinely radical Left government in […]

Greek election: latest polls show Syriza in lead but short of working majority

by Jon Lansman.

The latest polls completed on Friday show Syriza with a convincing lead over New Democracy of 5.5% before don’t knows are excluded. However, that lead would leave Syriza without a working majority although it is possible that, with this lead given the margin of error, it could just achieve 151 seats.  Pollster SYR ND RIV […]

Greece needs debts cancelled and growth

by Newsdesk.

Greece goes to the polls this Sunday (25 January) and the anti-austerity party SYRIZA has been consistently ahead in the opinion polls for a number of months. A SYRIZA win would be a boost for all those opposed to austerity in Europe and beyond. The Greek economy has seen a devastating collapse, brought on by […]

What makes someone murder cartoonists?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

The attack on Charlie Hebdo was an atrocity calculated to outrage, to intimidate, to silence critics of Islam, and to remind the West that terror attacks can strike at the heart of its capital cities. It has provoked an outpouring of anger and solidarity with the victims, and not a small amount of stupid bigotry. […]

Labour can win if it’s bolder

by Peter Rowlands.

With only four months to go Labour can win, but only if two sets of conditions are fulfilled. Firstly, that there is internal discipline generating external unity, with the usual suspects forswearing any ‘advice’, at least until 7 May (Blair and Mandelson please note). This means Progress supporting the Miliband ‘ left’ line, which merely points in a […]

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