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.
By Chris Marsden, 7 July 2015
In response to the vote by Greek workers against austerity, the EU is demanding that its program of cuts be implemented, while Syriza lurches further to the right.
By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 6 July 2015
Thousands gathered on Athens’ Syntagma Square Sunday evening after the emphatic rejection of austerity proposals of the European Union and the IMF.
By Alex Lantier, 6 July 2015
Yesterday’s “no” vote in Greece is a massive popular repudiation of the EU and the austerity agenda it has pursued across Europe since the 2008 economic crisis.
By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 6 July 2015
By Alex Lantier, 6 July 2015
While Syriza continues to try to negotiate a deal with the EU for financial aid in exchange for imposing austerity, plans are being drawn up to send the army against the people.
On the spot report from Athens
By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 4 July 2015
Tens of thousands of people took part in a demonstration Friday evening in Athens in opposition to the austerity programme of the European Union and International Monetary Fund.
On eve of referendum
By Alex Lantier, 4 July 2015
Statements by retired military officers calling for a “yes” vote in Sunday’s Greek referendum carry the implied threat of a coup.
By Oliver Campbell, 4 July 2015
Socialist Alternative’s promotion of the Greek referendum is an attempt to prevent the working class drawing any lessons from its experiences with the Syriza government.
By Alex Lantier, 3 July 2015
Syriza has called the referendum to provide political cover for its last-ditch effort to work out an agreement on austerity policy with the European Union.
By Chris Marsden, 2 July 2015
Senior German officials said that no matter what terms Athens offered, Berlin would seek to force a change of government in Greece.
On the spot report from Athens
By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 2 July 2015
While the more wealthy layers of society defend austerity and support a “yes” vote, workers and poor people want to vote “no.”
By Chris Marsden, 1 July 2015
Eurozone finance ministers rejected an appeal from Prime Minister Tsipras that would have extended loans to Greece in return for a new proposed list of austerity measures.
As global markets plummet
By Alex Lantier, 30 June 2015
Retirees were unable to obtain their pension benefits as a weeklong bank holiday began amid warnings of fuel and medicine shortages.
By Nick Beams, 30 June 2015
Billions of euros have been taken out of Greece by wealthy individuals and corporations in order to make a financial killing if the country goes back to the drachma.
By Robert Stevens, 29 June 2015
The decision followed Sunday’s announcement by the European Central Bank that it would not increase its emergency funding for Greek banks.
By Alex Lantier, 29 June 2015
The decision of European financial authorities to terminate the bailout of Greece and limit the flow of credit to banks has brought the country to the brink of an economic and financial meltdown.
By Robert Stevens and Alex Lantier, 27 June 2015
Tsipras’s proposal is a reactionary fraud, designed to lend a veneer of democratic legitimacy to the looting of Greece by the banks.
By Alex Lantier, 26 June 2015
Having built its entire policy around denying the possibility of socialist revolution, Syriza is proposing ever deeper attacks on the working class under the EU’s direction.
By Robert Stevens, 25 June 2015
The EU is demanding even deeper cuts, beyond the austerity measures Syriza agreed to over the weekend after capitulating to the EU’s previous demands.
By Christoph Dreier, 24 June 2015
Further details emerged Tuesday on the Greek government’s proposal to its creditors.
By Alex Lantier, 23 June 2015
While approving Syriza’s capitulation to its demands for deep cuts in pensions and health care, the EU called for further austerity measures as a precondition for a deal on Greek debt.
By Robert Stevens, 22 June 2015
Greek Prime Minister Tsipras heads to the summit under the threat of a deliberately imposed economic catastrophe and expulsion from the eurozone.
By Robert Stevens, 20 June 2015
The brinksmanship of the EU and ECB threatens not only the decimation of the Greek economy, but a potential domino effect that could impact on the entire European economy.
By Christoph Dreier, 19 June 2015
European finance ministers demanded that the Greek government either accept cutbacks in full, on pain of being forced to exit the euro.
By Robert Stevens, 18 June 2015
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said his government would not table any new proposals at today’s Eurogroup meeting.
By Alex Lantier, 17 June 2015
Even as he denounced the EU, Greek Prime Minister Tsipras signaled that he is still seeking a deal on the basis of imposing more austerity on the Greek population.
By Alex Lantier, 16 June 2015
Workers across Europe and internationally must oppose the assault on the Greek working class by the European Union and its political defenders.
By Robert Stevens, 16 June 2015
Stock markets in Athens and internationally fell sharply Monday after the collapse this weekend of talks on Greece’s debt crisis.
By Alex Lantier, 15 June 2015
An EU decision to tip Greece into default threatens to savage not only the Greek economy, but to undermine the euro currency and the structure of the EU itself.
By Alex Lantier, 13 June 2015
Behind the apparent contradiction in the treatment of Greece and Ukraine stand the reactionary class interests of finance capital in the leading imperialist powers.
By Robert Stevens, 13 June 2015
The talks centre on new austerity measures to be carried out by Syriza.
As Syriza begs for a deal
By Robert Stevens, 9 June 2015
With the talks on a knife-edge, Syriza is bending over backwards to make an accommodation based on the austerity measures demanded by Greece’s creditors.
By Robert Stevens, 8 June 2015
Prime Minister Tsipras presented Syriza’s own 47-page list of austerity measures, which were thrown out and denounced as “vague.”
By Robert Stevens and Alex Lantier, 4 June 2015
The Syriza-led government is trying to work out the details of its capitulation to the austerity program demanded by the European Union and the banks.
By Nick Beams, 3 June 2015
German chancellor Angela Merkel convened a meeting in Berlin late Monday that laid out the demands of Greece’s creditors.
By Robert Stevens, 2 June 2015
Syriza has claimed that it was possible to reach an amicable, negotiated settlement with the troika over Greece’s debt, based on Athens remaining in the euro zone.
By Robert Stevens, 28 May 2015
As the Syriza-led Greek government works to impose the dictates of the banks, Syriza’s Left Platform fears the development of an independent movement in the working class.
By Robert Stevens, 25 May 2015
German Chancellor Angela Merkel ruled out any immediate agreement, saying one was only achievable as a result of a joint deal between the so-called “troika.”
By Robert Stevens, 21 May 2015
Public-sector and private-sector unions have worked with successive governments to impose brutal austerity measures.
By Robert Stevens, 20 May 2015
Without further loans, the Syriza government, which has pledged to implement austerity measures, could default on an overall debt of €300 billion within weeks.
By Kumaran Ira, 12 May 2015
The Syriza-led government is prostrating itself before the European Union, working to tighten austerity and repaying its loans early to cut a deal with the EU at the workers’ expense.
By Kumaran Ira, 9 May 2015
Fearing mass opposition to its unpopular austerity measures, Greece’s Syriza-led government is endorsing imperialist wars to divert rising social tensions.
By Kumaran Ira, 2 May 2015
The Syriza government delayed pension payments while continuing to repay the banks.
By Christoph Dreier, 1 May 2015
Three months after taking power, Syriza has become the key instrument for continuing the implementation of social cuts.
By Kumaran Ira, 30 April 2015
Syriza is trying to provide a false veneer of democratic legitimacy for EU austerity policies that have been overwhelmingly rejected by the Greek people.
By Christoph Dreier, 28 April 2015
After European finance ministers ruled out any concessions to Greece, the Syriza-led government called an emergency meeting to draft new austerity measures.
By Christoph Dreier, 25 April 2015
The elimination of early retirement benefits, which Syriza previously declared a “red line” that would not be crossed, is one of the central demands of the troika.
By Christoph Dreier, 22 April 2015
The Syriza government has announced that it will continue raiding public assets to pay off the banks.
By Kumaran Ira, 20 April 2015
There is rising awareness in ruling circles that the Greek government is heading for a confrontation with the working class.
By Christoph Dreier, 18 April 2015
With this action, the Syriza-led government has signalled its readiness to use state repression against opponents of its austerity measures.
By Stéphane Hugues, 17 April 2015
The Syriza government is responding to EU demands for austerity by looting Greece’s cash reserves and preparing further austerity measures against the working class.
By Robert Stevens, 15 April 2015
Syriza’s austerity agenda and its pledges to work with the “troika” means that it is heading for a direct collision with the Greek working class.
By Peter Schwarz, 14 April 2015
Demands for reparations are an inappropriate means of combating fascism, war and social attacks. They do nothing to address their causes, but rather serve to reproduce them.
By Christoph Dreier, 10 April 2015
In the face of the dire social conditions in Greece, the Syriza-led government’s pledge to repay all debts are an unmistakable commitment to further austerity.
By Robert Stevens, 9 April 2015
The moves towards Russia are seen by sections of the Greek bourgeoisie as a bargaining chip in their ongoing negotiations with the European powers over Greece's debts.
By our reporter, 9 April 2015
Attacks on Syriza by opposition parties for its supposed leniency last Friday prompted the alternate minister for public order, Yiannis Panousis, to call for the suppression of protests.
By Chris Marsden, 8 April 2015
Behind the smokescreen provided by its apologists, Syriza is making its preparations for the time when rhetoric will no longer suffice to cover for its imposition of austerity.
By Robert Stevens, 7 April 2015
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis flew to Washington on an unscheduled trip to assure the IMF that the Syriza-led government will pay it €450 million this week.
By Robert Stevens, 6 April 2015
Speaking at a meeting launching Left Unity’s election campaign, a representative of Syriza’s London group called the primacy of the working class “a fantasy of the left.”
By Robert Stevens, 2 April 2015
Greece’s international creditors are set to reject a new set of austerity proposals from the government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as insufficient.
By John Vassilopoulos, 1 April 2015
One of the bastions of the Greek military junta of 1967-1974, the Greek Navy SEALs, have developed strong links with the fascist Golden Dawn.
By Robert Stevens, 31 March 2015
Among the austerity measures demanded by the Brussels Group are anti-working class changes to Greece’s labour laws and further cuts to the pension system.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 30 March 2015
Despite its empty promises to treat refugees humanely, the Syriza government is working closely with the EU Commission to reject and persecute them.
By Robert Stevens, 28 March 2015
It is not certain that Syriza’s measures will go far enough to satisfy creditors demanding deeper cuts in workers’ living standards.
By Johannes Stern, 26 March 2015
The Left Party is firmly backing Tsipras precisely at the point when he is uncritically accepting the line of the German government and the austerity policy of the European banks.
By Johannes Stern, 24 March 2015
Syriza has completely capitulated to the demands of the European banks, making clear that it will not only continue the austerity measures dictated by the “troika,” but will intensify them.
By Robert Stevens, 20 March 2015
In advance of an EU summit, the political representatives of the European banks insisted that Greece must impose austerity measures or risk being cut off from further loans.
By Christoph Dreier, 18 March 2015
The appearance of the Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis on the Günther Jauch talk show was a pathetic spectacle that symbolized the bankruptcy of Syriza.
By Robert Stevens, 17 March 2015
Greece’s Syriza government has made clear any anti-austerity pledges in its election programme are to be shelved indefinitely.
By Alex Lantier, 16 March 2015
Syriza’s claims that it had no option but to surrender to austerity are cowardly lies, rooted in the material interests of the reactionary upper-middle class forces for whom Syriza speaks.
By Robert Stevens, 13 March 2015
The European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund are finalizing new austerity measures in co-operation with the Syriza government.
“If you visit a hospital right now you will see that they are in shambles”
By our reporters, 11 March 2015
WSWS reporters spoke to Evgenia Thanou, general manager of Medicin du Monde (Doctors of the World) at its Athens headquarters.
By Nick Beams, 11 March 2015
Remarks on the Greek debt crisis by the head of the Belgian central bank, Luc Coene, expose the fictions of parliamentary democracy.
By Robert Stevens, 10 March 2015
Demanding that the Syriza-led government carry out further austerity, an ECB board member said the Greek people “will understand quickly that they were deceived by false promises.”
By John Vasilopoulos, 9 March 2015
Panayiotis Baltakos, the force behind this move, is a former cabinet secretary under Prime Minister Antonis Samaris. He has close relations to the fascist Golden Dawn party.
“I could never imagine so many homeless people in Athens”
By our reporters, 9 March 2015
This is the first part of a two-part WSWS on-the-spot report from Athens.
By Robert Stevens, 7 March 2015
European Union officials are insisting that until Syriza imposes deep austerity measures, it will not receive another cent in loans.
By John Vasilopoulos, 6 March 2015
Voices in the Western media have expressed concern that a Greek default could undermine the integrity of NATO in the strategically vital eastern Mediterranean.
By Johannes Stern, 5 March 2015
By agreeing to “Greek aid,” the Left Party is backing the German government, the European Union, the banks and their brutal austerity policies in Greece and Europe as a whole.
By Robert Stevens, 4 March 2015
Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has pledged that the Syriza government will “squeeze blood out of stone” to meet the diktat of the European Union.
By Alex Lantier, 3 March 2015
The NPA’s publication of a statement, in the name of the International Committee of the Fourth International, supporting Syriza’s right-wing policies is a political provocation.
By Peter Schwarz, 2 March 2015
The German news magazine’s Jakob Augstein is promoting Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis at the very moment when Syriza is capitulating to the EU and the banks.
By Robert Stevens, 28 February 2015
The Left Party and the Green Party backed a new round of austerity in Greece in the vote in Germany’s Bundestag.
By Nick Beams, 28 February 2015
Varoufakis completely distorts Marx’s analysis of capitalism in order to justify his program of trying to save capitalism from itself.
By Christoph Dreier, 28 February 2015
While the film shows how the troika engineered a social catastrophe, it promotes the policies of Syriza and other bourgeois critics who support the EU austerity program.
By Robert Stevens, 27 February 2015
The vote comes amidst a developing crisis within Syriza’s ranks over the implications of the party’s repudiation of its election manifesto.
By Peter Schwarz, 26 February 2015
Leading representatives of the Left Party went out of their way to justify the capitulation of the Syriza-led government, which broke all its campaign promises in less than four weeks.
By Johannes Stern, 25 February 2015
Days after capitulating to EU demands for austerity, Syriza presented the EU with a list of cuts it is proposing to impose on the working class.
By Robert Stevens, 24 February 2015
The financial aristocracy celebrated the Syriza government’s abject capitulation to the European Union’s demands for renewed austerity.
Letter from Greece
24 February 2015
This letter was sent to the WSWS from a reader in Greece in response to the Perspective “The capitulation of Syriza and the lessons for the working class.”
By the International Committee of the Fourth International, 23 February 2015
It has taken less than one month for the Syriza government in Greece to repudiate its anti-austerity election program and betray, totally and utterly, the impoverished working people whose votes placed it in power.
By Robert Stevens, 21 February 2015
Tsipras and Varoufakis have agreed to enforce the EU-dictated austerity program, exposing—within weeks of forming a government—the fraudulent and reactionary character of Syriza.
By Chris Marsden, 21 February 2015
Varoufakis’ essay on becoming an “erratic Marxist” is a damning exposure of the political role of the new Syriza-led government in Greece and the social layer that it represents.
21 February 2015
The World Socialist Web Site received this comment from a reader in Greece on the nature of the new Syriza-led government.
By Peter Schwarz, 21 February 2015
Schäuble's arrogant attack on Greece is primarily directed at opposition to austerity in the working class in Germany and across Europe.
By Christoph Dreier, 20 February 2015
As it negotiates the terms of surrender, Syriza is not being allowed even the mildest concessions needed to maintain some small degree of political credibility.
By Robert Stevens, 19 February 2015
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble denounced a new Greek proposal for a six-month loan extension and demanded further austerity measures.
By Christoph Dreier and Barry Grey, 18 February 2015
The ruling class has taken the measure of Syriza, viewing it not as the representative of insurgent masses, but as a supplicant speaking for failing Greek capitalists.
By Robert Stevens and Barry Grey, 17 February 2015
The opposition of the Syriza-led government amounts to pleading for terminological window dressing to conceal its capitulation to the EU austerity agenda.