Posts Tagged ‘Greece’

The plot to topple Berlusconi

by Tom Gill.

Much as many were relieved to see the back of Silvio Berlusconi as Italy’s PM during the height of the Eurozone crisis in 2011, the revelations by Tim Geithner should have all democrats including those on the Left deeply worried. EU officials approached the former US Treasury Secretary in November of that year with a plan to overthrow the billionaire media […]

Why do we pick on the Greeks rather than the Germans?

by Michael Meacher.

There is a story popular in Germany, and often repeated in the UK, that the Greeks are being punished for their grievous financial misdeeds and the virtuous Germans are teaching them a lesson which, painful as it may be, needs to be learnt. Whilst it is true that Greece (and Greece was far from alone […]

The Europe we want

by Alexis Tsipras.

The continuing economic crisis has revealed both the inadequacies and the limits of the process of neoliberal European integration. It is an integration centered on financial liberalization and a monetary union, which is itself enveloped by a mere replica of the German Bundesbank under the title European Central Bank.  It is a recession-bias process that […]

Syriza: We’ll reverse the Government-Troika job cuts

by Tom Gill.

The Greek government this week passed measures slashing thousands of public sector jobs. Argiris Panagopoulos, correspondent of Il Manifesto newspaper interviewed Panos Lamprou, a leading member of the opposition Syriza party, on this latest round of Troika-inspired austerity, dubbed a ‘mini-memorandum’. Lamprou, a member of the Secretariat to SYRIZA’s Central Committee, also talks about alternative […]

Alexis Tsipras’ speech in London

by Newsdesk.

On Friday the 15th of March Alexis Tsipras, leader of the opposition in the Greek Parliament and leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), made a speech to a packed Friends’ Meeting House in London regarding the austerity programme in his country and the resistance against it. The text of his speech is […]

Central bankers are taking over the EU

by Michael Meacher.

Though little remarked on, there is a very striking difference between the ruthless approach adopted by the European Central Bank (ECB) to indebted sovereign States compared to its treatment of banks. When Portuguese banks declared they would not any longer purchase bonds if Lisbon did not seek a bailout, the Prime Minister was forced to […]

Greek lessons for Britain

by Michael Meacher.

It is ironic that Osborne keeps proclaiming that his policies have prevented the UK being sucked down the path being taken by Greece. This may seem a curious point to make when it has just been announced that Greek debt is now expected to reach 189% of GDP next year, a level more than twice […]

Syriza: their time will come soon

by Bob Clay.

It is no surprise that the increasingly discredited and dwindling little band of Social Democrats and Euro-communists (otherwise known as PASOK and the Democratic Left), who have decided to lend their support to the salvation of a patently failed capitalist order, have declined the black limousines and red dispatch boxes or whatever is their Athenian […]

Cancel the Greek debt

by Michael Burke.

The Greek general election on June 17 presents a clear political choice on whether to continue with the ‘austerity’ measures imposed by the Troika of the ECB, EU and IMF which have caused a disastrous economic slump. Greek GDP fell by over 13 per cent between 2007 and 2011 and contracted sharply again in the […]

Syriza: a wake up call for the Left in Europe

by Bob Clay.

It was a little disappointing to read Dave Osler’s piece about Greece. The present situation is not just a judgment call for the Greek Left but for the Left in Britain and the rest of Europe. I have also been in Greece recently and although my time was spent in Crete rather than the hell […]

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