By Robert Stevens, 19 June 2012
The World Socialist Web Site discussed with workers and youth in Athens the result of Sunday’s general election as negotiations continued to form a government following the narrow victory of the conservative New Democracy.
By Chris Marsden, 18 June 2012
The narrow victory of the conservative New Democracy in the Greek general election sets the stage for intense negotiations over the formation of a coalition government.
By Christoph Dreier and Katerina Selin, 18 June 2012
The perspective of the Greek Communist Party, based on nationalism and support for the trade union bureaucracy, makes a mockery of its rhetorical calls for “people’s power” and “interventions of the working class”.
By Robert Stevens, 18 June 2012
A World Socialist Web Site reporting team spoke to a number of workers and young people in Athens on Friday and Saturday on the eve of the June 17 election.
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 16 June 2012
Whoever wins the election, the working class will be forced to repay the €200 billion- plus bailout through the austerity measures attached to the Memorandum signed with the troika.
By Christoph Dreier and Katerina Selin, 16 June 2012
Alexis Tsipras promised on Thursday to end the austerity measures in Greece. At the same time he insisted that SYRIZA represented no threat to the European institutions and that his party was ready to recognize the national debt.
By Robert Stevens, 16 June 2012
A WSWS reporting team spoke to residents in the district of Aigaleo in west Athens about their attitudes to Sunday’s election.
By Chris Marsden, 14 June 2012
SYRIZA head Alexis Tsipras chose a column in the Financial Times to pledge that his party will act as the saviour of the euro currency and a tax collector on behalf of the troika.
By our correspondents, 14 June 2012
Students at the main campus of the University of Athens spoke with a World Socialist Web Site reporting team.
By Jordan Shilton, 13 June 2012
The assault launched by the spokesman of Greece’s neo-fascist Golden Dawn against two political rivals on live television must be taken as a warning to working people.
By Ulrich Rippert, 13 June 2012
The German government has intensified its threats against Greek voters on the eve of parliamentary elections this weekend.
By Alex Lantier, 12 June 2012
Terrified by the escalating European debt crisis, the petty-bourgeois ex-left is divided over how to reconcile its “anti-capitalist” phrase-mongering with its pro-capitalist politics.
By Robert Stevens, 9 June 2012
In the last week, two strikes have been declared illegal in Greece, including the long-running steelworkers strike at the Hellenic Steel Company.
By Christoph Dreier, 8 June 2012
Pseudo-left forces such as SYRIZA, which seek to subordinate workers to various factions of the ruling class, constitute a critical obstacle to the development of an international revolutionary movement of the working class.
By Alex Lantier, 6 June 2012
On May 31, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras gave Time magazine a long interview on his party’s program in Greece’s June 17 elections.
By Christoph Dreier, 2 June 2012
SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras proposed to terminate loan agreements with Greece’s creditors and reverse the cuts imposed on Greece in recent years.
By Christoph Dreier, 1 June 2012
On Tuesday the leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), Alexis Tsipras, held talks with the Greek Defence Ministry and army high command.
By Christoph Dreier, 31 May 2012
The German author Günter Grass has published a withering critique of the policy of Germany and the European Union towards Greece.
By Robert Stevens, 29 May 2012
The appalling suicide of a mother and son in Athens again underscores the social nightmare being visited on Greece.
By Stefan Steinberg, 28 May 2012
In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde vented her class hatred for the workers of Greece, denouncing them as tax scofflaws and ruling out any respite from the austerity measures that have devastated the country.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 26 May 2012
As Greece prepares for elections on June 17 amid an overwhelming popular rejection of austerity, the ruling class is making secret preparations for a military crackdown against the workers.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 25 May 2012
Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the Left Front (FG) candidate in last month's French presidential elections hosted a meeting in Paris on Monday with Alexis Tsipras, the leader of Greece’s Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA).
By Alex Lantier, 24 May 2012
It has taken only a few days since the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) became the front-runner in Greece’s June 17 elections for the bankruptcy of its politics to become clear.
By Christoph Dreier, 24 May 2012
Tsipras stressed that his party was in no way dismissive or even hostile to EU institutions, and that Greece under his rule would not leave the EU.
By Alex Lantier, 22 May 2012
Alexis Tsipras, the leader of Greece’s Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), visited Paris yesterday to meet with Left Front officials.
By Christoph Dreier and Peter Schwarz, 19 May 2012
Syriza’s goal is not the socialist transformation of society, but creating better conditions for the upper middle class and sections of the Greek bourgeoisie.
By Christoph Dreier, 17 May 2012
The failure of efforts to form a government with a working majority after May 6 elections in Greece has intensified the crisis in Europe.
By Chris Marsden, 17 May 2012
The crisis in Greece is an acute expression of a broader crisis of European and world capitalism.
By Christoph Dreier, 15 May 2012
The ruling elite in Greece and the EU are apparently convinced that they can best regain control over growing popular opposition to austerity measures with the help of SYRIZA.
By Christoph Dreier, 12 May 2012
The aim of the current talks in Greece is to develop a political mechanism capable of implementing the austerity policies of the European Union in the face of massive opposition.
By Christoph Dreier, 10 May 2012
Representatives of the EU have responded to the Greek vote by aggressively insisting that austerity measures must go forward, regardless of mass opposition.
By Peter Schwarz, 8 May 2012
The voting out of office of Nicolas Sarkozy in France and the devastating defeat of the ruling parties in Greece are an expression of broad opposition to the austerity policies laid down by the European Union.
By Christoph Dreier, 7 May 2012
The Greek vote on Sunday is a clear popular repudiation of the policies of austerity. The main beneficiaries of the shift in popular sentiment to the left, however, do not represent a genuine alternative.
By Katerina Selin and Christoph Dreier, 4 May 2012
The Greek election is overshadowed by poverty and a growing desperation fuelled by the broad sentiment that no party expresses the genuine social interests of the population.
By our reporters, 3 May 2012
The World Socialist Web Site reports on the May day rallies held in Greece and Spain.
By Christoph Dreier, 28 April 2012
Despite the plethora of parties contesting the Greek elections on 6 May, workers have no voice.
By Stefan Steinberg, 13 April 2012
The date for the upcoming Greek election has been decided by the representatives of international high finance.
By Julie Hyland, 9 April 2012
On Saturday, hundreds attended a memorial service for Dimitris Christoulas, the 77-year old former pharmacist who killed himself with a handgun on Wednesday morning in Athens’ Syntagma Square.
By Christoph Dreier, 7 April 2012
Thousands of mostly young people have taken to the streets of Athens following the suicide of 77-year-old Dimitris Christoulas on Wednesday.
By Christoph Dreier, 23 March 2012
With support plummeting for the Greek ruling parties, a host of pseudo-left parties are working to stabilize the situation and lay the ground for a government capable of enforcing new attacks on the working class.
By Nick Beams, 19 March 2012
The €130 billion package was not a bailout of Greece, but of the banks and financial institutions that put money in its bonds.
By our reporters, 17 March 2012
Plastered on the windows of the unemployment office in the Neos Kosmos district of Athens are posters with slogans denouncing the austerity measures of the unelected government of Lucas Papademos.
By our reporters, 15 March 2012
Massive cuts to the public health care service were passed by the Greek parliament on March 1.
By our reporters, 14 March 2012
It is officially estimated that a third of Greeks now live below the poverty line, but things are much worse in reality.
By our reporters, 13 March 2012
This month, steelworkers employed at the Hellenic Steel plant on the outskirts of the Greek capital entered the fifth month of a bitter strike.
By Stefan Steinberg, 12 March 2012
Far from warding off insolvency, Thursday’s debt relief deal for Greece represents a significant step towards the official bankruptcy of the country.
By Peter Schwarz, 10 March 2012
The debt “haircut” for the holders of Greek bonds has not reduced the country’s debt, but increased it.
By Ulrich Rippert, 8 March 2012
What is clear from the latest haggling over private investor participation in a Greek debt deal is that the most aggressive sectors of speculative finance capital have been able to expand their activities and influence.
By Peter Schwarz, 29 February 2012
Although the talk is always of “aid” or a “rescue package” for Greece, the almost 200 billion euros will flow directly into the coffers of the banks.
By Christoph Dreier, 25 February 2012
Rather than siding with the Greek workers against the European Union and its policy of social devastation, the European trade unions, including those in Greece, are working with the EU and the European governments to contain the crisis by impoverishing the working class.
By Peter Schwarz, 23 February 2012
The events in Greece show the true character of the European Union. It is not a means of achieving genuine European unity, but rather an instrument to subjugate all of Europe under the dictatorship of finance capital.
By Julie Hyland, 22 February 2012
The €130 billion plus package of loans agreed by euro zone finance ministers does nothing to protect Greece from bankruptcy.
By Christoph Dreier and Alex Lantier, 21 February 2012
A euro zone finance ministers’ meeting strained to reach an agreement on a new “bailout” for Greece, based on deeply unpopular austerity measures.
By Christoph Dreier, 20 February 2012
In the socially explosive situation in Greece today a government of the “left” would merely strive to break the workers’ resistance and prepare authoritarian forms of rule.
By Ulrich Rippert, 18 February 2012
The European working class and especially German workers must come to the aid of the Greek population.
By Nick Beams, 16 February 2012
Athens accused “forces in Europe” of trying to drive out of the euro, as leading euro zone countries issued further demands to be met before bailout funds are released.
By Peter Schwarz, 15 February 2012
The militant protest by 100,000 people in front of the Greek parliament Sunday evening marked a sharp turn in the mood of the Greek population.
As popular anger erupts
By Nick Beams, 14 February 2012
Despite the Greek parliament passing a sweeping austerity program, the meeting of euro zone finance ministers to be held tomorrow is likely to demand further cuts.
By Nick Beams, 13 February 2012
The far-reaching austerity package will push the country deeper into recession and bring further social misery.
By Robert Stevens, 11 February 2012
With speculation mounting of a possible forced exit from the euro, the unelected governing coalition led by Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos is pledging to meet whatever requirements are demanded of it.
By Peter Schwarz, 10 February 2012
The “troika” of the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank is demanding no less than the complete ruination of the Greek working class.
By Alex Lantier, 9 February 2012
Leaders of the three political parties in Greece’s coalition government met yesterday to discuss new demands from European financial authorities for deep cuts in wages and social spending.
By Robert Stevens, 8 February 2012
Talks held Tuesday night between the three parties making up the Greek government of Prime Minister Lucas Papademos failed to finalise the cuts demanded of it in return for a €130 billion rescue package.
By Nick Beams, 6 February 2012
The austerity measures being demanded are said to include a 25 percent cut in the minimum private sector wage and a 35 percent reduction in supplementary pensions.
By Stefan Steinberg, 30 January 2012
The German government is proposing that the European Union be empowered to directly control Greek budget policy.
By Stefan Steinberg, 23 January 2012
International financial institutions and European leaders are demanding more of the budget cuts that have had such consequences for Greek workers over the past three years.
By Stefan Steinberg, 7 January 2012
Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos met with trade union leaders on Wednesday to win their support for a new round of austerity.
By Robert Stevens, 22 December 2011
Days after the unelected government of Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos passed a drastic austerity budget, the IMF, the EU and the European Central Bank are demanding billions more in cuts.
By Robert Stevens, 15 December 2011
The unelected government of Prime Minister Lucas Papademos is facing a possible default on the nation’s mounting debt as the international banks demand further concessions in return for loans.
By Robert Stevens, 10 December 2011
Early Wednesday morning, the unelected Greek “technocratic” government of former central banker Lucas Papademos passed a brutal austerity budget.
By Christoph Dreier, 1 December 2011
On Monday, the new Greek government began implementing mass forced retirements in the public sector.
By Robert Stevens, 24 November 2011
Last Thursday, the newly imposed Greek government utilized PASOK’s abolition of the Academic Asylum law to authorise the police entry into a public university for the first time since 1982.
By Christoph Dreier, 21 November 2011
The manner in which the new Greek government was imposed and the forces upon which it relies underscore the mounting threat to the democratic rights of working people in Greece and throughout Europe.
By Christoph Dreier, 15 November 2011
The new Greek government under Prime Minister Papademos announced further austerity measures. It relies not only on the social-democratic PASOK, but also on the extreme right wing LAOS party.
By Christoph Dreier, 12 November 2011
Greece’s trade unions and pseudo-socialist parties are advancing the perspective of a bourgeois “left” unity government to smother working class opposition to the new technocratic regime installed by the EU, the IMF and the banks.
By Stefan Steinberg, 11 November 2011
Lucas Papademos is regarded as a safe pair of hands by his banking colleagues—a man who takes his orders directly from the major financial institutions of Europe.
By Chris Marsden, 10 November 2011
After three days of negotiations, Greece has still not gotten a new national unity government.
By Chris Marsden, 9 November 2011
Yesterday, Greece’s political establishment again failed to meet the demands of the European Union and the United States to announce the formation of a national government.
By Peter Schwarz, 9 November 2011
The events that have rocked Greece in recent days are a lesson and a warning for all of Europe.
By Chris Marsden, 8 November 2011
Just three days after he won a vote of confidence, Greece’s Prime Minister George Papandreou is out and a government of “national unity” is being formed—combining PASOK and the main conservative opposition, New Democracy.
By Christoph Dreier, 8 November 2011
The government crisis and the attacks on the working class in Greece were the prelude to a new round of social cuts throughout Europe.
By Patrick Martin, 7 November 2011
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou agreed to resign Sunday and be replaced by a coalition government of national unity that will have a mandate from the bankers and European heads of state to impose even more drastic austerity measures on the working people of Greece.
By Chris Marsden, 5 November 2011
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou survived a vote of no confidence last night, but only by pledging immediate moves to form a national unity government.
By Peter Schwarz, 4 November 2011
Under massive pressure from Germany and France, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has cancelled his plan for a referendum on the austerity measures demanded by the European Union.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 November 2011
Forbes magazine, which bills itself as “Information for the World's Business Leaders,” has published an article on its web site entitled “The real Greek solution: a military coup.”
By Bill Van Auken, 3 November 2011
The sudden dismissal of the Greek military’s high command Tuesday night, amid international uproar over a proposal for a referendum on an EU debt plan, has all the hallmarks of an action taken to preempt the threat of a military coup.
By Chris Marsden, 3 November 2011
The G20 summit beginning today has been thrown into desperate crisis over the increasingly likely failure of Greece to meet the terms of the latest tranche of loans from the European Union, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank.
By Peter Schwarz, 2 November 2011
Prime Minister Papandreou sacked the Greek military high command Tuesday amid mounting furor over his proposal for a referendum on an EU bailout plan that spells years of punishing austerity for Greek workers.
By Christoph Dreier, 25 October 2011
Greek trade unions are doing all they can to sabotage a movement of workers against the government.
By Robert Stevens, 21 October 2011
The Greek social democratic PASOK government has given final approval to a new, brutal austerity programme in the face of massive popular opposition
By Christoph Dreiser, 21 October 2011
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to protestors in Athens during the second day of a 48-hour general strike.
By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 20 October 2011
Greece was hit on Wednesday, the first day of a 48-hour general strike, with the biggest protests since the fall of the military regime in 1974.
By our reporters, 20 October 2011
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers and young people protesting in Athens.
By Robert Stevens, 19 October 2011
Greece’s social democratic PASOK government is preparing to use the army against striking Athens refuse workers and threatening mass arrests ahead of today’s 48-hour general strike.
By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2011
Strikes and protests escalated throughout Greece this week as workers protested against the austerity programme of the social democratic PASOK government of Prime Minister George Papandreou.
By Christoph Dreier, 13 October 2011
In its preliminary summary, the troika paints a bleak picture of Greece’s economic development and seeks to pressure Athens to implement cuts and deregulation.
By Robert Stevens, 13 October 2011
The austerity measures being forced onto the Greek population by the ruling social democratic PASOK government are literally killing people.
By Peter Schwarz, 8 October 2011
The European institutions have clearly changed course in relation to Greece. Instead of the “rescue” of the country, they are now discussing its bankruptcy, and reducing the risk of contagion.
Tens of thousands strike in Greece as military threatens to intervene against anti-austerity protests
By Robert Stevens, 6 October 2011
Tens of thousands of workers, pensioners and youth protested throughout Greece Wednesday in a 24-hour public sector strike.
By Stefan Steinberg and Barry Grey, 6 October 2011
Three years into the severest world economic crisis since the 1930s, stock markets around the world are once again tumbling as the capitalist system plunges into depression.