By Marianne Arens, 11 August 2015
Italian pseudo-left politician Nichi Vendola is dissolving his SEL organisation and preparing to establish a new “political subject” modelled on Syriza.
By Robert Stevens, 4 August 2015
Syriza’s initial support for a debt audit was merely a diversion to prevent any mobilisation of the working class against the EU and the Greek ruling class.
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 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, 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 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 Marianne Arens, 4 June 2015
The right-wing Lega Nord was the main beneficiary as Italy’s governing Democratic Party lost significant support amid low voter turnout.
By Johannes Stern, 24 April 2015
The special summit of the European Union yesterday in Brussels was dedicated to the construction of “Fortress Europe” and the efforts of the European powers to recolonize Africa.
By Stefan Steinberg, 16 April 2015
As desperate migrants increasingly seek refuge in Europe, the EU is transforming the Mediterranean into a no-go zone, resulting in a string of horrific tragedies.
By Nick Beams, 9 February 2015
British Chancellor George Osborne has indicated the UK government has made preparations for the Greek exit from the euro zone.
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If Greece fails to reach an agreement with its creditors on €3.5 billion due in February and March, funding could be withdrawn from its banks.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 our reporters, 2 February 2015
The water charges are supported by the Dublin government as part of the multi-billion euro bailout programme concluded with the Troika in 2010.
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 Robert Stevens, 16 January 2015
The Financial Times is trumpeting SYRIZA’s policy because it offers rich pickings for the global financial oligarchy
By Alex Lantier, 31 December 2014
With all of the principal parties of bourgeois rule deeply discredited, the ruling class is turning to SYRIZA, the “Coalition of the Radical Left,” in an effort to head off a revolutionary crisis.
By Robert Stevens, 24 December 2014
If parliament fails to elect a head of state on December 29, general elections will be triggered.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 13 December 2014
In the first eleven months of the year, 207,000 refugees have sought to reach Europe across the Mediterranean Sea. Over 3,400 have died in the process.
By Marc Wells and Marianne Arens, 2 December 2014
In regional elections in Emilia-Romagna and Calabria, nearly two thirds of the electorate abstained from voting.
By John Vassilopulos, 22 November 2014
Athens was placed on virtual lockdown by an enormous police presence just days after tens of thousands gathered to mark the military junta’s crushing of a student uprising 41 years ago.
By Paul Mitchell, 11 November 2014
Turnout for a poll that was heralded as decisive for the future of Catalonia was just 37 percent.
By John Vassilopulos, 11 November 2014
Students protested a new testing regime that pits schools and students against one another in competition for education resources.
By Stefan Steinberg, 28 October 2014
Saturday’s mass demonstration was called by the trade unions to preempt any effective action against the government and cover up the role of the unions in developing the new legislation.
By John Vassilopoulos, 24 September 2014
Greek police carried out mass arrests and attacked demonstrators at a protest marking the first anniversary since the killing of rapper Pavlos Fyssas by a fascist Golden Dawn member.
By Christoph Dreier, 29 May 2014
The results of the election for the European Parliament in Greece reflect the population’s hostility to the government and the EU’s austerity policies.
By Paul Mitchell, 20 May 2014
The severity of the floods has been compounded by the fall-out from the break-up of the former Yugoslavia, the Bosnian War (1991-95) and the NATO bombardment of Serbia in 1999.
By Stefan Steinberg, 20 May 2014
The central government in Athens suffered a blow in central populated areas of Greece in the regional and municipal elections held on Sunday.
By Patrick Martin, 10 April 2014
The strike call was widely observed, but few workers attended rallies called by the two main union confederations, which have helped implement deep social cuts.
By Ognjen Markovic, 5 April 2014
The pseudo-left in Bosnia treat major historical issues with contempt and associate with forces with longstanding counterrevolutionary records.
By Katerina Selin, 13 March 2014
Students in Greece protesting for the right to an education are facing prosecution and possible imprisonment.
By Marc Wells, 4 March 2014
Italy’s new premier, Matteo Renzi, has approved a decree that prepares the framework for an unprecedented assault on public workers and services as well as the selloff of cultural assets.
By Ognjen Markovic and Paul Mitchell, 27 February 2014
Washington has grown increasingly dissatisfied with the intransigence of local politicians and the EU’s failure to resolve the quagmire.
By Robert Stevens, 29 January 2014
Demands for further austerity come after the Council of State ruled previous wage cuts to the armed forces, police, coast guard and firemen unconstitutional.
By Robert Stevens, 25 January 2014
Afghan and Syrian refugees were allegedly “pushed back” towards Turkey.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 26 October 2013
Spain’s largest bakery, Panrico, is preparing to sack nearly 50 percent of its 4,000 employees and cut wages by 30 percent, with the collusion of the trade unions.
By John Vassilopoulos, 16 September 2013
Thousands protested in Greece after Golden Dawn supporters attacked Greek Communist Party (KKE) members, wounding nine.
By Robert Stevens, 6 September 2013
According to a report, the EU, ECB and IMF sent an email to the Greek government “insisting on liquidating state enterprises and dismissing their employees without compensation.”
By John Vassilopoulos, 14 August 2013
The visit by Greece’s fascist Golden Dawn party to Perama shipyard workers is an indictment of the trade union bureaucracy.
By Stefan Steinberg, 13 August 2013
The EU’s agency for the protection of European borders, Frontex, has worked with the Greek state to set up centres that are characterized by subhuman conditions.
By Christoph Dreier, 12 August 2013
During Antonis Samaras’ trip to Washington last week, Obama made clear that the US is prepared to back military repression to deal with increasing social opposition in Greece.
By Marianne Arens, 5 August 2013
Following the conviction of Silvio Berlusconi, his People of Freedom party is threatening to pull its ministers out of the coalition government led by the Democratic Party.
By Christoph Dreier, 14 June 2013
Tens of thousands of workers protested the closure of the Greek public broadcaster on Thursday, defying threats of arrest.
By Christoph Dreier, 11 June 2013
Trade unions and pseudo-left groups organized a so-called Alter-Summit in Athens, backing the European Union institutions that impose austerity throughout Europe.
By Alejandro López, 4 June 2013
The right-wing Popular Party government is seeking to reform abortion laws, returning them to a state similar to that which existed under the fascist regime of General Franco.
By Christoph Dreier, 30 May 2013
Tensions have risen in the Greek government over draft legislation against racist incitement and state financing of the fascist party Golden Dawn.
By Alejandro López, 30 May 2013
Spain’s Popular Party government has announced another raft of measures aimed at slashing the budget deficit to the European Union’s 3 percent target by 2016.
By Alejandro López, 21 May 2013
A social explosion is brewing in Spain, where there have been at least 27 demonstrations since the beginning of the year.
By Christoph Dreier, 14 May 2013
Greek police served 88,000 high school teachers with civil mobilization orders on Monday.
By Chris Marsden, 2 May 2013
Enrico Letta heads a coalition tasked with continuing the savage austerity measures begun under Mario Monti.
By Robert Stevens, 2 May 2013
Public transport ground to a halt in the capital Athens, with no train or ferry services operating.
By Christoph Dreier, 30 April 2013
The Greek parliament has voted to dismiss 15,500 public service workers and slash the minimum wage.
By Alejandro López, 24 April 2013
The huge decline in support for the political parties, trade unions, and the monarchy can only mean huge social struggles are on the horizon.
By Ognjen Markovic, 24 April 2013
Both candidates in the recent presidential election in Montenegro support the austerity policies of the European Union.
By Franci Vier and Paul Mitchell, 23 April 2013
None of the main demands of the anti-evictions petition launched by the Mortgage Victims Platform have been included in a new law by the Popular Party.
By Christoph Dreier, 11 April 2013
Fifty-five years after the founding of the European Economic Community, the project of unifying Europe on a capitalist basis has been irrevocably shattered by the global economic crisis.
By Robert Stevens, 9 April 2013
The terms dictated to Cyprus by the European Union in exchange for a bailout are predicated on the destruction of the pay and conditions of the working class.
As government crisis drags on
By Marianne Arens, 4 April 2013
The ruling class in Italy is desperately seeking to override the election result of February 25 and develop a political mechanism to continue the austerity policies that were decisively rejected by the electorate.
By Christoph Dreier, 4 April 2013
The alliance with right-wing nationalists clearly shows SYRIZA’s class character.
By Robert Stevens, 2 April 2013
The cynically-named Athena Plan, calling for mass closures of universities and technical institutions, was passed in flagrant violation of the Greek constitution.
By Alejandro López, 2 April 2013
Recent statistical surveys attest to the massive drop in working class living standards in Spain since the onset of the global financial crisis.
By Robert Stevens, 30 March 2013
Fresh from its financial looting of Cyprus, the European bourgeoisie is threatening to withhold funds from Greece unless it complies with mass sackings in the public sector.
By Marianne Arens, 28 March 2013
A month after Italian elections produced a hung parliament, the latest attempts to form a government have collapsed amid mass opposition to austerity.
By Alejandro López, 28 March 2013
A video posted by the daily El País provides more evidence of the involvement of Spanish soldiers in mistreatment of detainees during the Iraq war.
By Jordan Shilton and Chris Marsden, 21 March 2013
The collapse of Cyprus’s financial system is being avoided only by the continued closure of the banks, which may be kept shut until next Tuesday.
By Jordan Shilton and Chris Marsden, 19 March 2013
Terms attached to the European Union bailout for Cypriot banks triggered heavy losses on financial markets.
By Marianne Arens, 19 March 2013
Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone is responding to the declining European tyre market by cutting jobs in southern Italy.
By Alejandro López, 14 March 2013
The five unions representing the majority of workers at Spanish airline Iberia have accepted a deal to end the three-month dispute.
By Vicky Short, 12 March 2013
The Urdangarin scandal has raised questions over the future of the monarchy in Spain.
By Peter Schwarz, 26 February 2013
The Italian election result presages fierce social conflicts and political upheavals.
By Jordan Shilton, 26 February 2013
As the new Cypriot government of Nikos Anastasiades pledges further austerity, the financial crisis gripping the island threatens the stability of the euro zone.
By Christoph Dreier, 21 February 2013
Tens of thousands of Greek workers went on strike on Wednesday to protest government austerity measures and attacks on the right to strike.
By Christoph Dreier, 21 February 2013
The Greek Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) has expelled one of its members from a parliamentary committee after he distanced himself from anti-Turkish chauvinism and the Greek army.
By Marc Wells, 12 February 2013
Rifondazione is joining the Citizens’ Revolution alliance of prosecutor Antonio Ingroia, completing its transformation into a bourgeois party.
By Christoph Dreier, 7 February 2013
The criminalization of striking workers harks back to the police state conditions that prevailed under the fascist regime of the Greek colonels some 40 years ago.
By Christoph Dreier, 5 February 2013
The Greek government has announced that it intends to ban a strike by ferry workers against wage cuts and sackings and place the workers under martial law.
By Paul Bond, 29 January 2013
As the social catastrophe deepens, all parties in Italy’s general election have agreed to impose further austerity measures.
By Robert Stevens, 24 January 2013
The strike by Athens subway workers continued into its seventh day yesterday in defiance of a court ruling declaring the work action illegal.
By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 24 January 2013
The Five-Star Movement led by comedian Beppe Grillo is regarded as the protest organisation with the best chance of success in the Italian elections.
By Nick Beams, 11 December 2012
The initial measures are widely regarded as the prelude to a full-scale bailout of the Spanish state and the establishment of a financial dictatorship of the kind now in place in Greece.
By Peter Schwarz, 11 December 2012
Monti resigned for tactical reasons. He is attempting to secure a long-term and stable parliamentary majority for his increasingly unpopular austerity measures.
By Paul Mitchell, 11 December 2012
The International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia Appeals Court overturned the convictions of Croatian general Ante Gotovina and Assistant Interior Minister Mladen Markac.
By Markus Salzmann, 10 December 2012
On December 3, tens of thousands took to the streets in Slovenia to demonstrate against the austerity measures of Prime Minister Janez Janša’s right-wing government.
By Ernst Wolf, 8 December 2012
Five austerity packages within the space of two and a half years have reduced the health system in Greece to the level of a developing country.
By Alex Lantier, 7 December 2012
On Monday night euro zone finance ministers approved a bailout requested for Spain’s banking sector.
By Vicky Short and Alejandro López, 6 December 2012
Mariano Rajoy’s Popular Party government is preparing to impose €90 billion in budget cuts over the next two years.
By Marianne Arens, 5 December 2012
Employees of the Ilva steel group carried out demonstrations throughout Italy last week to protest against the closure of the company’s main plant in Taranto.
By Paul Mitchell, 3 December 2012
Portugal’s National Assembly last week approved the country’s harshest-ever budget.
By Francisca Vier, 1 December 2012
Three suicides related to evictions within a month have highlighted the brutality of the government and banks in Spain.
By Peter Schwarz, 29 November 2012
The main message from Monday’s meeting of euro zone finance ministers is that the Greek people confront years, if not decades, of austerity.
By Peter Schwarz, 28 November 2012
Euro zone finance ministers rejected calls by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), among others, for debt relief for the highly indebted country.
By Paul Mitchell, 27 November 2012
The Catalan parliamentary election held November 25 resulted in a significant vote for parties calling for independence from Spain.
By Markus Salzmann, 27 November 2012
On November 17, 30,000 people protested in the Slovenian capital against austerity policies.
By Alejandro López, 26 November 2012
Alexis Tsipras attended a public meeting in Catalonia just three days before the regional elections.
By Marianne Arens, 22 November 2012
Voters’ illusions about Sicily’s new regional president, Rosario Crocetto, are bound to explode as the economic crisis continues to create fertile ground for the Mafia and other reactionary organizations.
By Christoph Dreier, 22 November 2012
The latest draft of the credit agreement between the Troika and the Greek government envisages the virtual abrogation of all the legal powers of parliament.
By Christoph Dreier, 17 November 2012
The report presented November 12 by the troika paints a devastating picture of Greece’s economic prospects.
By Vicky Short, 16 November 2012
Seven Spanish miners who faced charges of public disorder and “attacks on authority” after the 2010 strike saw their sentences suspended in exchange for a two-year probationary period.
By our reporters, 15 November 2012
Hundreds of thousands of workers took to the streets Wednesday in a number of European countries to demonstrate against rising unemployment and the austerity measures dictated by the European Union and the IMF.
By Christoph Dreier, 14 November 2012
Under conditions of growing popular resistance to austerity, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras is preparing to succeed the unstable government of Greece in order to suppress workers’ protests.
By Robert Stevens and Jordan Shilton, 13 November 2012
A meeting of euro zone finance ministers on Monday delayed a further 31.5 billion euros in aid to Greece.