Greece

An emergency programme to fight racism in Greece

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Theodora Polenta

An emergency programme to safeguard SYRIZA's programme against ANEL (handing over the ministry of national defence does not help!) It is imperative to link the anti-memorandum struggle and demands with the anti-racist struggle and the urgently required anti-racist measures.

That’s why the left should fight for SYRIZA to extend its programme with the following:

The fight against racism and for migrants' rights is a central front of the struggle in Greece.

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The ANEL coalition

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Theodora Polenta

Syriza fell short by two of the 151 MPs needed for an absolute majority in parliament. As widely rumoured during the election campaign and before, ANEL (Independent Greeks, a 2012 splinter from New Democracy, a nationalistic and anti-immigrant neo-liberal party with an anti-Memorandum stance) came to an agreement with Syriza.

ANEL will give Syriza a vote of confidence, but ANEL leader Panos Kammenos is likely to be assigned the ministry of National Defence, with other two minor ministries being assigned to ANEL MPs.

ANEL is a right-wing bourgeois party. It has a deeply reactionary, anti-labour political programme in all key fields. Its anti-memorandum rhetoric relates to sections of the Greek capitalist class and traditionally conservative middle class layers that have been short-changed during the Memorandum years.

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Greece shakes Europe

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Micheál McEoin

On the night of the election in Greece (25 January), other visitors from Britain and I watched the exit polls with comrades from DEA (a left group inside Syriza) and international visitors in the Syriza building on Leonidou Street. Then everyone converged around the Syriza tent in Klafthmonos Square.

An eyewitness report from Athens as Syriza wins the Greek general election.

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Speak Greek to the bosses!

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Editorial

As thousands of left-wingers and Syriza supporters both from Greece and from the broader European and international anti-Memorandum movement celebrated in Athens on 25 January, Alexis Tsipras made his first speech as the first ever Prime Minister of Greece who belongs to the left.

The Syriza victory marks a dramatic change in the relation of forces between the working class and capital in Greece. It can have a domino effect throughout Europe

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Articles on Greece and Syriza


An emergency programme to fight racism in Greece Theodora Polenta, 28th January 2015

Speak Greek to the bosses! Editorial, 28th January 2015

Greece shakes Europe Micheál McEoin, 28th January 2015

The ANEL coalition Theodora Polenta, 28th January 2015

Let Greece breathe! Colin Foster, 21st January, 2015

A collection of articles on Greece going back to July 2014, with a link to older articles.

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Let Greece breathe!

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Colin Foster

Syriza is set to win Greece’s general election on 25 January.

A strong left wing within Syriza wants a left-wing Syriza government to confront the EU leaders and the banks which stand behind them; tackle the shipping magnates, church hierarchy, military machine, and business oligarchs who siphon off Greece’s wealth; and empower the working class.

A victory for the Greek left will make untenable the Tories’ plan to increase cuts, and the Labour leaders’ craven commitment to continue cuts.

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The Greek left needs our solidarity

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Theodora Polenta
The prospect of a Syriza victory has generated a wave of solidarity and hope for all the political and social forces that are suffocating within the present neoliberal framework in Europe and all over the world.

The epitome of the election campaign for 25 January of Greece’s main right-wing party, New Democracy, is ND candidate Makis Voridis — former member of a neo-fascist youth organisation and minister of health in the last government, using language from the Greek civil war of the 1940s and asking people to defend the values of “Country, Religion, and Family” against Syriza’s “communist threat”.

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Revolutionary Greek MP: "A Syriza victory could encourage the workers to fight"

Ioanna Gaitani is a supporter of the Greek socialist group Internationalist Workers’ Left (DEA) and a Syriza member of the Greek parliament.

Interview with Ioanna Gaitani, a supporter of the Greek socialist group Internationalist Workers’ Left (DEA) and a Syriza member of the Greek parliament.

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The prospects for Greece

Socialists should seek the widest possible workers' unity across Europe to defend Greece against EU and IMF impositions.

If a left, or left-led, government takes office in Greece after 25 January, then what are the prospects for it winning concessions on debt from the EU leaders?

French finance minister Michel Sapin says “it is absolutely fair and legitimate that discussions should take place between the EU and the new Greek government”, trying to secure “the stability of the eurozone”.

Yet Germany's finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, says “there is no alternative” to the current programme. Finland's prime minister, Alexander Stubb, promises “a resounding no” to concessions.

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Discussing the issues behind the rise of the left in Greece

A group of young socialist activists from Britain are going on a delegation to Greece between 23 and 26 January, to be there during the election. Six of the delegation members took part in the dayschool which London Workers' Liberty held on 18 January, alongside a good size group of other young people, to discuss the political issues behind Greece's dramatic political situation.

A report of the dayschool on Greece held by Workers' Liberty on 18 January.

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