Posts Tagged ‘Greece’

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 […]

Obama imposing $300bn levy on banks & hyper-rich: how about UK?

by Michael Meacher.

It is remarkable that in the citadel of capitalism Obama has just unveiled a plan to impose a levy on the biggest banks and on the wealthiest families that is expected to raise $300bn, yet in Europe any such idea is taboo. In the US the new tax is being crafted to affect only the […]

The German Chancellor and Grexit

by Tom Gill.

This article by Jacques Sapir originally published on his own blog is translated from the French by Tom Gill A Greek exit from the Euro, following the election on 25 January, is no longer unthinkable, Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted in the German weekly Der Spiegel on Saturday. This is an important statement, which can be analyzed in […]

New poll would give Syriza half the seats in Greek parliament

by Jon Lansman.

The latest opinion poll conducted by Palmos Analysis and published yesterday, records a 10.5% SYRIZA lead over the ruling right-wing New Democracy party, after don’t knows are excluded. This would be sufficient to give SYRIZA half the votes in the Greek parliament since seats are awarded in proportion to votes cast for all parties winning over […]

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 […]

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