By Christoph Dreier, 22 June 2013
DIMAR chairman Fotis Kouvelis announced that his party would leave the Greek government coalition yesterday, amid protests over the shutdown of public broadcaster ERT.
By Robert Stevens, 19 June 2013
The restructuring of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation is part of government and EU plans to impose 150,000 job losses in the public sector by 2015.
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, 13 June 2013
On Tuesday night, Greek police stopped transmission of the public broadcasting service, which is slated for restructuring and large-scale job cuts.
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 Robert Stevens, 1 June 2013
For the working class, there has been a drastic reversal in living standards, growing mass unemployment and savage cuts in social spending.
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 Chris Marsden, 18 May 2013
The decision by leaders of the OLME teachers union to abandon an agreed strike in the face of civil mobilisation orders has delivered a serious blow to the entire Greek working class.
By Christoph Dreier, 16 May 2013
Greek teachers have voted to oppose the mobilisation order of the government and begin strike action on Friday.
By Christoph Dreier, 15 May 2013
The public service trade union federation, ADEDY, has made clear that it will not mobilize public employees to defend the teachers.
By Christoph Dreier, 14 May 2013
Greek police served 88,000 high school teachers with civil mobilization orders on Monday.
By Robert Stevens, 13 May 2013
The New Democracy, social democratic PASOK and Democratic Left coalition government signed a civil mobilisation order Saturday to outlaw a teachers strike, scheduled to begin on May 17.
By Robert Stevens, 10 May 2013
The IMF’s report follows the agreement made between the “troika” and the coalition government of New Democracy, PASOK and the Democratic Left last month.
By Christoph Dreier, 4 May 2013
Police intervened to prevent supporters of the Greek fascist party Golden Dawn from carrying out a food distribution in Athens’ Syntagma Square.
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 Robert Stevens, 19 April 2013
Under terms agreed with the “troika” some 15,000 public sector workers will lose their jobs by the end of 2014, including 4,000 jobs this year.
By Chris Marsden, 19 April 2013
Thirty or more migrant workers have been wounded in a shooting on a strawberry farm in southern Greece. Eight of the workers remain in critical condition.
By Robert Stevens, 13 April 2013
Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem has warned that Greece needed to “speed up its efforts” in order to comply with the troika’s austerity programme.
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 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 Robert Stevens, 23 March 2013
Alexis Tsipras, the leader of Greece’s SYRIZA spoke in London at several events last week.
By Cristoph Dreier, 13 March 2013
Some 68 years after the end of Nazi rule in Europe, fascistic organizations are again part of official politics, and entire ethnic groups are deported and humiliated.
By Christoph Dreier, 11 March 2013
As the social crisis worsens in Greece, the ruling class is courting the fascist Golden Dawn group to help it suppress popular opposition.
By Robert Stevens, 6 March 2013
The primary demand of the troika is that there be no retreat on plans to slash the number of civil service employees.
By Robert Stevens, 2 March 2013
Politicians have been in contact with military personnel over how to respond to an “explosion” of social unrest against government austerity measures.
By Robert Stevens, 25 February 2013
Mass unemployment exists in Greece, with many “working poor” unable to meet their basic needs.
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 Robert Stevens, 16 February 2013
In the face of a deepening slump and growing government repression, workers throughout Greece have continued strikes and protests ahead of a general strike February 20.
By Robert Stevens, 8 February 2013
The WSWS replies to a criticism of “Pseudo-left conceals refusal of SYRIZA, PASOK and trade unions to oppose Golden Dawn.”
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 Christoph Dreier, 1 February 2013
On Thursday Greece witnessed numerous protests and strikes against the government’s austerity measures and its brutal crackdown against strikers.
By Christoph Dreier, 29 January 2013
The invocation of emergency powers and use of state violence to smash the Athens subway strike has shattered all claims that it is possible to shift the policy of the state by mass pressure from below.
By Christoph Dreier, 28 January 2013
The Greek government has turned to state repression to halt sympathy strikes after using emergency powers and police violence to break the Athens subway strike.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 28 January 2013
A report by Human Rights Watch documents the way in which Italian border police are deporting groups of asylum seekers to Greece without any attempt to examine their grounds for asylum.
By Christoph Dreier, 26 January 2013
The use of dictatorial laws and state violence amounts to the criminalization of any form of collective resistance by workers.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 January 2013
With Greece’s government in deepening crisis, Alexis Tsipras, leader of the SYRIZA opposition party, came to the US to meet with State Department and IMF officials and make a series of public appearances.
By Chris Marsden and Christoph Dreier, 25 January 2013
Boasts of a “united front” against Golden Dawn in Greece are aimed at presenting establishment parties and the trade unions as a bulwark against fascism.
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 Chris Marsden, 19 January 2013
Tens of thousands will rally today in Syntagma Square, Athens to voice their opposition to the fascist Golden Dawn.
By Christoph Dreier, 15 January 2013
On Monday, Alexis Tsipras met with the German finance minister to discuss the credit agreements between the European Union and Greece.
By Christoph Dreier, 8 January 2013
The alliance calling for a protest demonstration on January 19 against the Chrysi Avgi has no intention of conducting a serious struggle against the fascists.
By Marianne Arens, 22 December 2012
The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party) recently held a series of meetings in Germany under the slogan “Defend Greek workers.”
By Christoph Dreier, 21 December 2012
Workers are vehemently opposed to the implementation of the most recent cuts package, in particular the massive layoffs planned for the public sector.
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 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 Alejandro López, 26 November 2012
Alexis Tsipras attended a public meeting in Catalonia just three days before the regional elections.
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 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.
By Christoph Dreier, 10 November 2012
Following parliamentary adoption of the fifth package of austerity measures, strikes are continuing in much of the Greek public sector.
By Christoph Dreier, 9 November 2012
While this week’s strikes and mass protests show the immense potential power of the Greek workers, the policy of the trade unions and their political allies is aimed at suffocating the struggle to defeat the austerity measures.
By Christoph Dreier, 8 November 2012
On Wednesday night the Greek Parliament voted in favor of the country’s fifth austerity program within the space of the last three years.
By Christoph Dreier, 7 November 2012
Tuesday saw the beginning of a 48-hour general strike in Greece against the government’s austerity measures.
By Robert Stevens, 3 November 2012
Kostas Vaxevanis has been found innocent of breaching data privacy laws by a three-judge panel in Athens.
By Christoph Dreier, 2 November 2012
A critical precondition for a struggle of the European working class against austerity is political solidarity with the embattled Greek working class.
By Christoph Dreier, 31 October 2012
Amid massive opposition to the new austerity package, the largest opposition party, SYRIZA, has pledged its support to the Greek government.
By Christoph Dreier, 27 October 2012
One of the hardest hit victims of the austerity program dictated by the EU and the IMF is the Greek health sector.
By Christoph Dreier, 25 October 2012
On Wednesday, the Greek government announced it had reached an agreement with the troika (the European Central Bank, European Commission and International Monetary Fund) on a new austerity package.
By Christoph Dreier, 23 October 2012
Brutal attacks on the social rights of the working class across Europe are accompanied by the growth of fascistic movements such as Greece’s Golden Dawn.
By Christoph Dreier, 19 October 2012
As EU leaders assembled in Brussels to discuss how to proceed with the euro crisis, tens of thousands demonstrated in Greek cities against austerity measures.
By Christoph Dreier, 13 October 2012
Greece is in the forefront not only of assaults on social rights, but also of political attacks on the working class.
By Christoph Dreier, 11 October 2012
While anti-fascist demonstrators are being tortured and abused in Greek jails, the EU is encouraging and tolerating this practice.
By Christoph Dreier, 10 October 2012
The protests that took place during German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s state visit to Greece on Monday reflect the explosive class tensions in Europe.
By Robert Stevens, 9 October 2012
Greek police are ever more openly colluding with the fascist Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) organization.
By Christoph Dreier, 5 October 2012
The loans promised by the troika last June will be withheld until the Greek budget for 2013 complies fully with the proscriptions of EU bureaucrats.
By Christoph Dreier, 4 October 2012
The Greek government is encountering increasing difficulties in enforcing cuts and under these conditions the SYRIZA coalition is assuming growing significance for the ruling elite.
By Stefan Steinberg, 27 September 2012
Millions of Greek workers stopped work and hundreds of thousands participated in demonstrations Wednesday to oppose the latest package of austerity measures introduced by the coalition government led by Antonis Samaras.
By Christoph Dreier, 22 September 2012
While the Greek government consults EU representatives about how best to lower the state deficit, wide-scale popular resistance to austerity is brewing.
By Christoph Dreier, 12 September 2012
The EU has transformed Greece into a protectorate, in which European companies can exploit workers at low wages.
By Stefan Steinberg, 8 September 2012
The financial elite is demanding a fundamental assault in Greece on all the gains made by the working class in the twentieth century.
By Stefan Steinberg, 6 September 2012
The letter leaked to the press before EU and IMF talks in Athens calls for a six-day work week, new minimum wage cuts, and other attacks.
By Ernst Wolff, 4 September 2012
The call for the introduction of special economic zones in Greece by the European Union signals an intensification of the attack on workers.
By Christoph Dreier, 25 August 2012
In his first official visit abroad, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras travelled to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
By Christoph Dreier, 23 August 2012
The aim of European meetings this week is to put pressure on Greece to commit to further social cuts, while ruthlessly implementing those already agreed upon.
By Christoph Dreier, 15 August 2012
Early on Sunday morning a group of fascist thugs murdered a 19-year-old Iraqi on the streets of Athens.
By Christoph Dreier, 11 August 2012
Last weekend, some 4,500 Athens police officers were mobilized to round up thousands of people believed to be immigrants.
By Christoph Dreier, 9 August 2012
Just a week after the Greek government announced €11.5 billion in new cuts in social spending, 4,500 police officers in bullet-proof vests, accompanied by Alsatian dogs, took to the streets of Athens to hunt down foreign-looking people
By Robert Stevens, 4 August 2012
The leaders of the three Greek government parties have announced their agreement on further austerity cuts amounting to €11.5 billion.
By Christoph Dreier, 1 August 2012
On Monday the Greek government announced it would only publish the details of the new austerity package in August.
By Alex Lantier and John Vassilopoulos, 27 July 2012
Greek officials met with European Commission (EC) President José Manuel Barroso and international financial officials yesterday to discuss a new round of budget cuts.
By Katerina Selin, 26 July 2012
Last Friday police began a violent intervention to break the picket line at the Halyvourgia Ellados steel plant in Greece.
By Christoph Dreier, 25 July 2012
European and international financial officials are threatening to force a state bankruptcy if Athens does not impose further austerity measures.
By Christoph Dreier, 23 July 2012
The opposition party SYRIZA has reneged on its pre-election promises and now accepts the EU’s draconian conditions for financial aid to Greece.
By Robert Stevens, 19 July 2012
The New Democracy-led coalition government in Greece is preparing a further 11.6 billion-euro austerity package.
By Christoph Dreier, 9 July 2012
During the recent election campaign, the Greek prime minister promised to renegotiate the memorandum with the so-called troika, but now he has categorically rejected such a step.
By Robert Stevens, 5 July 2012
The New Democracy-led Greek coalition government is meeting officials from the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) today.
By Robert Stevens, 3 July 2012
Within days of being elected, the Greek coalition government led by New Democracy has already reneged on the few pledges it was forced to make in order to placate massive opposition to years of austerity.
By Christoph Dreier, 27 June 2012
With the resignation of Finance Minister-designate Vasilis Rapanos and the appointment of Yannis Stournaras, conflicts have come to light in the formation of the new Greek government.
By Robert Stevens, 25 June 2012
The meeting of the new Greek coalition government consisting of New Democracy, PASOK and the Democratic Left with officials from the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund has been delayed for a week.
By Jordan Shilton, 23 June 2012
The economic and social catastrophe unfolding in Greece is bringing to the fore long-running geopolitical conflicts.
By Julie Hyland, 21 June 2012
New Democracy party leader Antonis Samaras was sworn in as Greece’s new prime minister Wednesday evening, heading a coalition government with the social democratic PASOK and the Democratic Left.
By Julie Hyland, 20 June 2012
Athens is expected to announce a “national salvation” coalition headed by the conservative New Democracy, whose objective is to press ahead with the austerity measures agreed with the troika—the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
By Robert Stevens, 20 June 2012
The social hardship being imposed on an already poverty-stricken Greek population is without parallel in post-war Europe.
By Chris Marsden, 19 June 2012
New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras is expected to form a coalition government in Greece tasked with implementing brutal austerity measures.