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Greece: The rise and fall of Syriza

Greece: The rise and fall of Syriza

On 5 July 2015 a historic referendum took place in Greece against the European troika’s austerity memorandum, with a tremendous 61.5% majority vote for No. But two years later, Greek society under a Syriza-led government is faced with the continuation of the same policies that were applied by the traditional parties of the ruling class, […]

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Greece: New austerity measures imposed on working class

Greece: New austerity measures imposed on working class

Editorial comment from the current edition ‘Xekinima’ (fortnightly journal of the Greek section of the CWI, ‘Xekinima – Internationalist Socialist Organisation) When New Democracy (Greece’s traditional right-wing party) and PASOK (the so-called “socialists”) were applying austerity policies, arguing that these were the way to a new period of prosperity, the mass of working class people […]

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Greece:Victory for Athens bus cleaners

Greece:Victory for Athens bus cleaners

Strike action wins major concessions from contractors and bus administration After two rounds of strikes by Athens bus cleaners, a 15-day and an 8 day-strike, and a series of protests (outside the offices of their boss, the contractor Link Ap, the bus company administration, OSY, and the Ministry of Transport) OSY agreed, on Friday 3 […]

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Greece: Mass abstention dominates general election

Greece: Mass abstention dominates general election

Mass socialist alternative needs to be built On 20 September, Syriza (Coalition of the Radical Left) was returned to power in a snap general election and is set to share power again with the right-wing Independent Greeks. Syriza’s leader, Alexis Tsipras, claims he has a mandate to continue with austerity policies in return for the […]

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Greece: 20 September elections – ‘No’ to the Memorandum parties!

Greece: 20 September elections – ‘No’ to the Memorandum parties!

Mass revolutionary Left needed to find way out of crisis of capitalist system In the coming general election on 20 September, Xekinima (the Greek section of the CWI) calls for a vote against all parties that apply the policies of the latest ‘Memoranda’ signed with the EU, ECB and IMF ‘Troika’ (those parties are SYRIZA, […]

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Greece: Tsipras crosses the Rubicon

Greece: Tsipras crosses the Rubicon

Time for a new, mass revolutionary Left to oppose all austerity! July 9th was a black day for the Greek left. SYRIZA’s leading team, around Prime Minister A. Tsipras, subordinated itself completely and absolutely to the demands of the Troika lenders. The Greek working class finds itself in a tragic position. They voted for SYRIZA […]

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Greece: Mighty class-based ‘NO’ shakes bosses’ EU

Greece: Mighty class-based ‘NO’ shakes bosses’ EU

Referendum earthquake sees working class boldly defy Troika and Greece’s servile ruling class! Yesterday’s Greek referendum saw the working class give a powerful reply to the attempts of the Troika/Institutions to blackmail them into accepting more austerity in order to stay within the Eurozone. The referendum on Sunday 5 July produced a tremendous 61.5% in […]

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Greece showdown

Greece showdown

Q: What was the initial effect of Syriza’s election victory? Syriza’s victory was an historic event for Greece and the whole of Europe. After four years of harsh austerity and big workers’ struggle that failed to stop huge cuts, largely due to the role of the union leaders and left parties, the election marked the […]

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Greece: Syriza comes to power, as old ruling parties collapse

Greece: Syriza comes to power, as old ruling parties collapse

Left parties fail to form government – Syriza goes into coalition with populist right Independent Greeks What is the importance of the Greek election results? We can describe the result as of historical significance because it represented the collapse of the old forces that ruled the Greek political scene for decades. Also the rise of […]

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Greece: Prospect of Syriza victory raises workers’ hopes

Greece: Prospect of Syriza victory raises workers’ hopes

Mass intervention of working class to struggle for socialist policies is vital Last time we spoke you told us of the campaign of fear by the establishment to try and prevent people voting for Syriza. How has this developed? The circus of the ruling class and its political representatives are now demoralized. They started a […]

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