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.
By Christoph Dreier, 5 October 2011
European stock markets fell sharply Tuesday and the euro hit new lows amid reports of an impending default of the Greek economy and fears of a rapidly developing recession and renewed banking crisis on both sides of the Atlantic.
By Christoph Dreier, 3 October 2011
The social-democratic government of Greece bowed to pressure from the IMF and European authorities and cut the jobs of 30,000 civil servants.
By Robert Stevens, 29 September 2011
The Greek parliament’s approval of a new property tax marks an escalation in the austerity measures that are already destroying the jobs, living standards and futures of millions of working people.
By Christoph Dreier, 27 September 2011
Indifferent to the suffering of the Greek people and intent on pursuing a class-war policy across Europe, the “troika” experts agree that "on the ground, things will get a lot worse."
By Barry Grey, 26 September 2011
The annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank in Washington DC concluded Sunday with no agreement on specific measures to avert a default by Greece and the threat of a new financial meltdown and global depression.
By Christoph Dreier, 24 September 2011
Neither the austerity measures nor the latest tranche of the “rescue packet” will resolve the crisis gripping Greece, which faces looming bankruptcy.
By David Walsh, 23 September 2011
Tens of thousands of Greek public transport workers, teachers, civil servants and air traffic controllers walked off the job Thursday to protest the latest round of austerity measures announced by the PASOK government.
By Barry Grey, 20 September 2011
The European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund, acting in behalf of the international banks, are demanding a new round of austerity measures against the Greek working class.
By Barry Grey, 17 September 2011
European Union finance ministers delayed a decision on disbursing an 8 billion euro loan needed to avert a default by Greece next month and rejected proposals by US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to expand the EU's bailout fund.
By Robert Stevens, 15 September 2011
With Greece verging on default, the PASOK government is escalating its austerity programme against an already pauperised population.
By Barry Grey, 13 September 2011
The crisis of the common European currency and the region’s banking system intensified Monday amid mounting fears that Greece could soon default.
By Patrick Martin, 12 September 2011
The fighting took place as the Greek prime minister gave his annual address on economic policy.
By Katerina Selin, 13 August 2011
A look at the social situation in Greece reveals the thoroughly inhuman character of the austerity measures demanded by the banks, EU and IMF.
SEP holds meeting in Berlin
By a correspondent, 20 July 2011
At a meeting in Berlin last Saturday the chairman of the German Socialist Equality Party described the threat of the default by Greece as an expression of the global crisis of capitalism.
By Stefan Steinberg, 9 July 2011
At a meeting in Berlin, the chairman of SYRIZA (the Coalition of the Radical Left) made an urgent appeal to the European political and financial elite to restructure their loans to Greece to avoid social unrest.
By Stefan Steinberg, 6 July 2011
The new package of austerity measures passed last week in Greece will have devastating consequences for the Greek and international working class.
By Stefan Steinberg, 2 July 2011
The French plan to roll over Greek debt was timed to send the right signals to the financial markets while influencing the debate in the Greek parliament on a new round of austerity measures.
By Peter Schwarz, 30 June 2011
The vote in the Greek Parliament approving another package of austerity measures marks a political watershed for the whole of Europe.
By Stefan Steinberg, 29 June 2011
The Greek government, in close cooperation with European politicians, bankers and the International Monetary Fund, is working frantically this week to push through parliament massive austerity measures overwhelmingly opposed by the Greek working class.
By Stefan Steinberg, 29 June 2011
Leading German industrialists and economists are arguing that Greece should either withdraw or be thrown out of the eurozone in order to avoid a breakup of the European Union.
By Peter Schwarz, 24 June 2011
The call for “no politics” is itself a political program, and one of the vilest sort. It is exclusively directed against a genuine, leftist perspective dedicated to the political independence of the working class.
By our correspondents in Athens, 23 June 2011
In the early hours of Wednesday morning the newly reshuffled cabinet of Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou won a no-confidence vote by a slim majority.
By Nick Beams, 22 June 2011
The diktat handed down by the International Monetary Fund demanding the imposition of even harsher austerity measure before the release of the €12 billion final tranche of the current Greek bailout package marks a sharp turn in the unfolding European financial crisis.
By our correspondents in Athens, 21 June 2011
The hectic political manoeuvres in Brussels and Athens in recent days aim to impose a new round of bank bailouts and social cuts on the devastated Greek population.
By Stefan Steinberg, 17 June 2011
Commentators agree that any compromise between Berlin and Paris would only provide a temporary breathing space to Greece and postpone what is increasingly regarded as the inevitable outcome—a sovereign default resulting in a new European and international finance crisis.
By Stefan Steinberg, 16 June 2011
Yesterday the Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou proposed a pact with the country’s conservative opposition party, New Democracy, to form a national unity government to continue making unpopular social cuts.
By Stefan Steinberg, 15 June 2011
A one-day strike called by Greece’s trade unions against the latest social cuts demanded by the PASOK government poses pressing questions of political perspective to all class-conscious workers.
By Stefan Steinberg and Alex Lantier, 13 June 2011
The Greek government has announced major new spending cuts, amid rising occupations of city squares and strikes against social cuts.
By Stefan Steinberg, 8 June 2011
In their totality the cutbacks demanded by the EU at the behest of the banks amount to a social counterrevolution.
By Andre Damon, 4 June 2011
International financial officials signaled Friday that more bailout money would be forthcoming for Greece next month, after the Greek government pledged to implement billions of euros in cuts and privatizations.
By Andre Damon, 3 June 2011
The Greek Government is preparing to announce another €6.4 billion in austerity measures today after Moody's, the debt rating agency, cut the country's credit rating three notches.
By Peter Schwarz, 2 June 2011
In Greece—and in a similar manner in Portugal, Ireland and Spain—the ruling class is carrying out a counterrevolutionary offensive against the working class.
By Patrick O’Connor, 31 May 2011
The European financial elite is dispensing all pretence of basic democratic norms as it demands a new round of brutal austerity and privatisations.
By Stefan Steinberg, 13 May 2011
Two protesters were seriously injured by police, dozens more injured and over twenty arrested as police moved in violently to quell protests in the Greek capital on Wednesday.
By Peter Schwarz, 11 May 2011
Rumours about the possible withdrawal of Greece from the euro, and a secret meeting of European finance ministers, have triggered fierce conflicts within the European Union.
By Stefan Steinberg, 10 May 2011
One year after the bailout of Greece, Europe stands on the brink of disintegration, with attacks on the working class intensifying and conflicts mounting between the continent's leading powers.
By Stefan Steinberg, 21 April 2011
After months of speculation and denials by the Greek prime minister and leading international finance chiefs, the Athens daily Eleftherotypia reported Monday that the Greek government has issued a request to the IMF and the EU to restructure Greece’s public debt.
By Robert Stevens, 24 February 2011
Workers in Greece took part in a general strike Wednesday to protest the austerity measures being imposed by the social democratic government of Prime Minister George Papandreou.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 8 January 2011
The border fence not only symbolizes “Fortress Europe”, but is a model for the attacks of the European governments on the democratic rights of all the people.
By Robert Stevens, 24 December 2010
The Greek parliament passed its 2011 budget early Thursday morning, at the end of the final session of the five-day parliamentary debate.
By Ann Talbot, 16 December 2010
Police brutally attacked demonstrators, who fought back, as an estimated 100,000 people took to the streets in a general strike that brought Greece's major cities to a standstill.
By Stefan Steinberg, 16 December 2010
The demonstrations in Rome this week represent the most angry displays of opposition to the Berlusconi government and the entire political establishment in Italy for decades.
By Robert Stevens, 15 December 2010
The Greek government has introduced a further round of austerity measures which will result in massive job losses.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 26 November 2010
A new report raises serious allegations against Greece’s police and border authorities, documenting numerous cases of abuse and in some cases raises the allegation of torture.
By Robert Stevens, 17 November 2010
The Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) government of Prime Minister George Papandreou won the Greek regional elections in the second and final round of voting on Sunday.
By Robert Stevens, 9 November 2010
Sunday’s regional elections in Greece revealed the hostility of millions of people to the austerity programme being imposed by the Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) government of Prime Minister George Papandreou.
By Robert Stevens, 2 November 2010
On October 28, the Panhellenic Federation of Railway Workers (POS) called off the latest strike by Greek railway workers.
By Robert Stevens, 16 October 2010
Culture ministry workers employed at the Acropolis in Athens ended a three-day strike Friday, following brutal attacks by riot police.
By John Vassilopoulos, 15 October 2010
Epaminondas Korkoneas was found guilty of murder and his partner guilty of accessory to murder, for the killing of 15 year-old Greek student Alexis Grigoropoulos on December 6, 2008.
By John Vassilopoulos and Alex Lantier, 21 September 2010
Conflicts are erupting within the Greek petty-bourgeois “left” coalition SYRIZA over the nomination of a high-ranking PASOK official as its candidate in the Attica regional election.
By Robert Stevens, 14 September 2010
Figures released this month point to the threat of a second continent-wide recession. Contrary to the claim that the worst of the economic crisis was over as a result of the bailout, leading economists have warned that Greece will be unable to pay back its mountain of debt.
By Robert Stevens, 13 September 2010
Anti-government protests in the northern city of Thessaloniki in Greece last weekend were met by a massive police response.
By John Vassilopoulos, 25 August 2010
The union leaders have portrayed themselves as emulating the last stand of the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae, while actually collaborating with the government in privatising companies and arranging wage cuts for the workers.
By Stefan Steinberg, 24 August 2010
Despite widespread social opposition, the European Commission has urged the Greek government to press ahead with its extensive program of spending and income cuts.
By Robert Stevens and Alex Lantier, 16 August 2010
Petty-bourgeois ex-left parties such as Antarsya and SYRIZA and the Greek Communist Party were bitterly hostile to the Greek truckers’ six-day nationwide strike against the social-democratic government’s social cuts.
By Peter Schwarz, 4 August 2010
The entire European elite has responded with satisfaction to Greek Prime Minister Papandreou’s decision to break the truck drivers strike by using coercive measures and mobilizing the army.
By Robert Stevens, 3 August 2010
The Greek trade unions’ betrayal of the six-day nationwide strike by 33,000 truck drivers has set the stage for the PASOK government to step up its offensive against the entire working class.
By Robert Stevens, 2 August 2010
The decision by the social democratic PASOK government to use the military to break a nationwide strike by truck drivers is a stark indication of the polarisation of class relations in Greece and throughout Europe.
By Stefan Steinberg, 31 July 2010
Greek truck drivers decided on Friday to continue their five-day national strike, despite a series of punitive measures by the social democratic government of Prime Minister George Papandreou aiming to break their action.
By Johannes Stern, 15 July 2010
Berlin and Paris have used the bailout of Greece to force Athens to agree to massive arms procurement deals.
By Chris Marsden and Robert Stevens, 12 July 2010
At the June congress of SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left), the “Renewal Wing” of the party walked out, announcing their intention to form a new movement more openly defending the social-democratic government currently imposing massive cuts on the working class.
By Robert Stevens, 9 July 2010
Tens of thousands of workers protested Thursday during the sixth general strike to be held this year in Greece.
By John Vassilopoulos, 3 July 2010
From the end of May until the middle of June, major pharmaceutical corporations held Greek public hospitals hostage over outstanding debts and price increases on medicines.
By Robert Stevens, 30 June 2010
In the latest 24-hour strike, tens of thousands of workers protested in cities and towns across Greece on Tuesday against the austerity measures of George Papandreou’s PASOK government.
By Robert Stevens, 21 June 2010
As the austerity measures of Greece’s PASOK government produce deepening widespread poverty, the trade union federations are working to ensure that all opposition is strangled.
By Robert Stevens, 7 June 2010
Since the turn of the year, millions of Greek workers and young people have been involved in strikes and protests against the austerity measures being implemented by the PASOK government, on behalf of international finance capital.
By Alex Lantier, 7 June 2010
While criticising other parties of the Greek petty-bourgeois “left,” Iannis Felekis of OKDE-Spartakos said that there was no alternative to Papandreou’s social cuts.
By Markus Salzmann, 26 May 2010
The debt crisis in Greece is placing Eastern European states under increasing pressure.
By Robert Stevens, 21 May 2010
Tens of thousands of workers protested in towns and cities throughout Greece on May 20 during the latest 24-hour general strike in response to the brutal austerity measures being imposed by the PASOK government of Prime Minister George Papandreou.
By Alex Lantier, 21 May 2010
The Greek Communist Party hides its collaboration with the political establishment and its agreement with the cuts, behind Greek nationalism and an unreconstructed defense of Stalinism.