The 2015 Greek election
9 August 2019
By Robert Stevens, 21 August 2018
The conclusion of the bailout is a vote of confidence from financial markets that the pseudo-left Syriza government will continue looting the people to pay off the banks.
By Robert Stevens, 4 July 2018
The Labour leader praised Syriza only days after it enforced the latest round of austerity and pledged further services to the EU’s vicious anti-migrant measures.
By Katerina Selin, 28 June 2018
At a meeting of euro finance ministers on June 21, the EU states came to an agreement on the formal withdrawal of Greece from the European Union’s so-called “rescue programs.”
By Katerina Selin, 21 June 2018
Syriza is once again preparing to impose harsh measures on workers, retirees and young people.
By John Vassilopoulos, 19 May 2018
Syriza and its government coalition partners have become the EU’s jailor, presiding over what are essentially concentration camps.
By Alex Lantier, 19 October 2017
The statement of Tsipras that he shares “common values” with Trump exposes not only Syriza, but all of the middle-class “left” parties internationally that promoted it.
7 March 2017
By Alex Lantier, 9 September 2016
Amid protests against its austerity policies in Greece, Syriza is boosting the EU and trying to divert social anger along nationalist lines, inciting anti-German sentiment.
By John Vassilopoulos, 22 August 2016
Syriza’s inhumane treatment of refugees is entirely in line with the wider policy of the EU, which is fortifying its borders against those attempting to flee imperialist wars.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 July 2016
Syriza’s ceaseless collaboration in the implementation of brutal austerity measures has vindicated the warnings made by the WSWS even before the pseudo-left party came to power.
By Katerina Selin, 6 July 2016
While the Syriza government is throwing pensioners into even more dire poverty, they are also selling off state property to foreign investors.
By Katerina Selin, 17 June 2016
The Syriza-led government, elected on a wave of opposition to austerity, is presiding over a sweeping sell-off of state assets for the benefit of the Greek and European financial elites.
By Christoph Vandreier, 27 May 2016
Eurogroup finance ministers have made clear they will accept no way of dealing with the Greek debt crisis other than continuing attacks on the working class.
By Katerina Selin, 25 May 2016
Special forces and police have forcibly removed all refugees, who have struggled to survive there for months, from the camp.
After Syriza imposes billions in new cuts
By Alex Lantier, 10 May 2016
In the face of mass strikes and protests, Syriza is accepting decades of cuts under cover of restructuring Greek debt.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 April 2016
The police-state measures and summary deportations employed by the Syriza government against refugees are of a piece with its relentless attacks on the Greek working class.
By John Vassilopoulos and Jean Shaoul, 20 February 2016
The pseudo-left Syriza government is backing US plans to dominate the energy-rich Eastern Mediterranean region and the Middle East.
By Ulrich Rippert, 15 February 2016
Behind Varoufakis’s defence of the European Union is the defence of the sinecures and privileges of the well-off layers for whom Varoufakis speaks.
By Christoph Dreier, 23 January 2016
In Greece, an increasing number of professional groups are protesting against the planned pension cuts of the Syriza government.
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.
By John Vassilopoulos, 16 December 2015
Prior to the raid, police moved all journalists, photographers and aid workers three kilometres from the camp.
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 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 Alejandro López, 7 November 2015
Podemos’ decision to offer itself up as a platform for NATO and the Spanish army to play a public role in political life is a warning as to the party’s reactionary character.
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 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, 26 September 2015
Tsipras, who appointed Kammenos, is well aware of the reactionary character of the Independent Greeks.
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 Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 19 September 2015
Panitch and Gindin are bitterly opposed to any challenge to Syriza from the left, claiming that the defeat of the Syriza government would be a “disaster.”
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, 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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, 2 May 2015
The Syriza government delayed pension payments while continuing to repay the banks.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
By Christoph Dreier, 13 February 2015
In the talks with the EU, the Syriza government is preparing to implement new austerity measures and "respect the European rules."
By Robert Stevens, 10 February 2015
On Wednesday, a meeting of finance ministers from the euro zone countries will discuss the Greek crisis.
By Peter Schwarz, 7 February 2015
Syriza leaders are traveling across Europe to assure governments they can rely on the party to push through “deep reforms."
By Robert Stevens, 6 February 2015
At a press conference with his German counterpart, Greece’s new finance minister pleaded with the European powers to “use us to implement the European programme.”
By Nick Beams, 6 February 2015
The European Central Bank has tightened its grip on both the Greek government and the country’s banking system.
By Ulrich Rippert, 5 February 2015
The position of the German ruling class is that the elections in Greece must have no impact on the policies dictated by the European banks and their political representatives.
By Robert Stevens, 4 February 2015
The Financial Times lauded Syriza’s request for “debt swaps” as deserving of a “full and even sympathetic hearing.”
By Robert Stevens, 2 February 2015
If Greece fails to reach an agreement with its creditors on €3.5 billion due in February and March, funding could be withdrawn from its banks.
By Robert Stevens, 29 January 2015
Panos Kammenos, leader of the right-wing Independent Greeks, has built close links to the military and demanded his party be given control over defence.
By Peter Schwarz, 28 January 2015
The new government of Alexis Tsipras has unleashed a wave of enthusiasm within pseudo-left organisations in Greece and internationally.
By Robert Stevens, 28 January 2015
The Independent Greeks party, Syriza’s coalition partner, is a staging post for some of the most reactionary layers in Greek society.
By Robert Stevens, 27 January 2015
Syriza‘s programme has been developed in close collaboration with sections of international finance capital.
By Chris Marsden, 27 January 2015
Syriza has come to power based upon a programme that articulates the interests of a powerful section of the Greek bourgeoisie and more privileged sections of the upper-middle class.
By Alex Lantier, 26 January 2015
While the election result reflects broad popular opposition to austerity in Greece and across Europe, Syriza is committed to the EU, the euro and the defense of capitalism.
On-the-spot coverage from Greece
By our reporters, 26 January 2015
The economic crisis has forced hundreds of thousands of Greek workers and young people to leave the country in search of jobs and better prospects.
By Peter Schwarz, 24 January 2015
Despite its left-wing facade, Syriza is a bourgeois party that rests on affluent layers of the middle class.
By our reporters, 24 January 2015
Alexis Tsipras promised that, should his party come to power, it would guarantee the existing political and social order.
By our reporters, 23 January 2015
Mass unemployment has been a permanent feature of Greek life since the imposition of austerity measures in 2010.
By our reporters, 22 January 2015
Tens of thousands of Greeks now rely on food handouts and soup kitchens as a consequence of devastating austerity measures.
By Robert Stevens, 21 January 2015
The Greek sections of the International Socialist Tendency and the Committee for a Workers International are backing SYRIZA as it prepares to take power in defense of capitalism.
By Robert Stevens, 16 January 2015
The Financial Times is trumpeting SYRIZA’s policy because it offers rich pickings for the global financial oligarchy
By Robert Stevens, 8 January 2015
SYRIZA is asking the pseudo-left outfits to join a government dedicated to the defence of capitalism.