Greece

From “oxi” to “nai”on a new Memorandum

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Pete Radcliff

The agreement of Tsipras to put austerity measures to the Greek parliament caused outrage and dismay on the streets of Athens.

However speaking to people soon after the overwhelming “oxi” (no) to any acceptance of austerity measures, there was a general feeling approaching euphoria.

An eyewitness report of the demonstrations in Athens after the Greek parliament voted to accept the austerity measures put forward by prime minister Alexis Tsipras.

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What's in the new Memorandum?

On 15 July Tsipras won a vote in the Greek parliament to approve his deal, a third Memorandum. Red Network, an alliance of socialist organisations that is a leading force in Syriza’s Left Platform, distributed this leaflet on the day of the parliamentary vote explaining what’s in the new Memorandum. The text was translated and published by the International Socialist Organisation.


"A LIST of atrocities." That is how the German magazine Der Spiegel described the new agreement.

Red Network, an alliance of socialist organisations that is a leading force in Syriza’s Left Platform, distributed this leaflet on the day of the parliamentary vote explaining what’s in the new Memorandum.

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Oxi still means oxi!

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Theodora Polenta

Around the vote on the Memorandum due in the Greek parliament on 15 July we will see great pressure on Syriza MPs and ministers to take a “responsible” stance and endorse the third memorandum.

There is talk of a government reshuffle and of demands for the president of the parliament and the Left Platform ministers (who abstained on the 10 July to endorse the continuation of negotiations based on the government’s proposed deal) to resign, even of expulsions of MPs and the formation of a new special purpose coalition government.

Around the vote on the Memorandum due in the Greek parliament on 15 July we will see great pressure on Syriza MPs and ministers to take a “responsible” stance and endorse the third memorandum.

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Solidarity with Greece, and with the Greek workers and left!

Author: 

Sacha Ismail

After the huge vote in Greece against the bailout conditions the European Union leaders are seeking to impose, the left and labour movement internationally, and particularly in the EU, face two tasks.

After the Greek workers voting "No" to EU-imposed austerity, where next for Greece?

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Greek left mobilises for “no” on 5 July

Author: 

Theodora Polenta

Up to Friday 26 June the Greek government of Syriza-ANEL was very close to reaching an agreement with the eurozone leaders. It looked set to abandon its last “red lines” and accept 90-95% of the conditions for a new bailout, including direct wage and pension reductions and explicitly maintaining the framework of the last five years of Memorandum.

Intimidation and terror by the capitalist bosses will escalate as the Greek referendum approaches. The revolutionary left in and outside Syriza, workers, trade unions and community and social organisations, should immediately expose and fight back against the capitalist bosses terrorism.

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Greece: rescue? At what price?

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Theodora Polenta

At the meetings of EU prime ministers and finance ministers on 22 June, it looked like grey smoke was coming out at the end of the negotiations.

For the first time, our “partners” (except German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble) spoke as if the Greek government were nearing a deal. Whether a new deal, or another short-term extension of the existing deal, was not clear.

The latest proposal, submitted by the Greek government in the early hours of Monday morning 22 June, has superseded the previous 47-page “memorandum-lite” document.

The Syriza leadership narrative about a new Keynesian deal to save Greece and the Euro being achieved through rational negotiations and through playing on the contradictions and splits between our “partners” has been trashed.

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Greece: any deal must be opposed

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Theodora Polenta

As we go to press, the Greek government and its EU lenders are still crossing swords over the terms on which Greece will get further bailout funds from its IMF-EU lenders.

The details of the reform wanted by the lenders and what the Greek government is saying it will concede are more-or-less clear. Whatever version of reform is agreed, the character of previous memorandums between Greece and its lenders, with strict commitments to deficit reduction etc., will remain intact.

The Greek government and its EU lenders are still crossing swords over the terms on which Greece will get further bailout funds from its IMF-EU lenders.

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Solidarity for all

On a recent trip to Athens, Solidarity visited a “solidarity health clinic” run by volunteers to provide healthcare for those unable to access it. We spoke to Constantine Kokossis who volunteers at the clinic in Omonia, central Athens.


Solidarity for All, a fund set up five years ago using the money from Syriza MPs, helped set up clinics like this one. This clinic has been working for three years, providing primary care to everyone in need.

In Greece, “solidarity health clinics” are run by volunteers to provide healthcare for those unable to access it. On a recent trip there, we spoke to Constantine Kokossis who volunteers at a clinic in Athens.

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A memorandum for the rich

Solidarity spoke to Petros Markopoulos, member of the Syriza Youth secretariat.

S: People on the left in Greece tend to talk more about the conflict with European capitalists than with Greek capitalists. What do you think of that?

An interview with Petros Markopoulos, member of the Syriza Youth secretariat.

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Greece: break the stalemate

Author: 

Gemma Short

Workers’ Liberty members Edward Maltby and Gemma Short went to Athens, Greece, from 25 – 29 May to meet and interview activists inside and outside Syriza. We will be publishing interviews in our paper and online soon.

Workers’ Liberty members Edward Maltby and Gemma Short went to Athens, Greece, from 25 – 29 May to meet and interview activists inside and outside Syriza. We will be publishing interviews in our paper and online soon.

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