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Greek "communists" oppose civil partnership law

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Theodora Polenta

“Is sex dirty? Only when it's being done right”, Woody Allen

On Tuesday 22 December, the Greek Parliament ratified the Civil Union Agreement for Same-Sex Couples. The new legal framework for co-habiting couples is also a limited step (forward towards the abolition of discrimination for the LGBTQI community.

Greek civil partnership law passes, opposed by the church and the KKE

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Greece becomes Fortress Europe frontline

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Theodora Polenta

Since late November, Idomeni, on the border between Greece and Macedonia, has become a real hell for thousands of refugees. The decision by the Republic of Macedonia on 19 November to close its borders to all refugees except those from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan has left thousands trapped.

Idomeni, on the border between Greece and Macedonia, has become a hell for thousands of refugees.

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Greece and the refugees: solidarity first!

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Theodora Polenta
For months thousands of refugees have been trying to get to Greece and Europe, in search of work, dignity and survival. Many of them, children, women and men have drowned in the waters of the Aegean and the Mediterranean, chased by Europe’s border police.

Fences in Evros (on the Greek-Turkish border), Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Austria… The Calais tunnel and the “protection” of the French and UK borders… Fences in Mexico. Walls in Israel. Visible and invisible fences through the sea, through the land, though the air. Refugees and migrants demonstrating near sunbathers on a beach in Calais, on a beach in Lesbos, on a beach in Kos.

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After Syriza’s betrayal, the international road to socialism?

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Daniel Lemberger Cooper

I met Panagiotis Morakis on a quiet Sunday afternoon in a cafe near Syntagma Square in Athens shortly before Greece’s September election.

An interview with Panagiotis Morakis, a former member of Syriza Youth’s Central Committee.

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Six lessons from Greece

Greece has been one of the countries worst affected by the economic slump since 2008. It has also been where left-wing responses to the slump have been strongest.

Lesson one: industrial action alone does not provide an adequate working-class answer to capitalist crisis. Greece has had over twenty general strikes since 2009. They have been important as gestures, as rallying calls, as signals, and in galvanising social forces which Syriza later benefited from. But they have not won anything.

On 21-22 November, Workers’ Liberty will be holding our annual conference. One of the documents to be discussed collates the lessons from the last seven years in Greece.

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After Greece's election, rebuild the social resistance

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Theodora Polenta

In Greece’s parliamentary election of 20 September, Syriza received 35.46%, almost the same in percentage terms as January’s 36.3%.

Syriza has maintained its coalition government with the right wing nationalists of Anel (Independent Greeks).

In absolute terms the party lost 320,000 votes. New Democracy won 28%, almost the same as January’s 27.8%, but it lost nearly 200,000 votes.

In Greece’s parliamentary election of 20 September, Syriza received 35.46%, almost the same in percentage terms as January’s 36.3%.

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New ex-Syriza party seeks to rally opposition

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Theodora Polenta
The revolutionary left in Greece should cement politically the new “Popular Unity” party formed by leftist fighters from the old, betrayed Syriza.

I stood on a hill and I saw the Old approaching,

but it came as the New.

It hobbled up on new crutches which no one had ever seen before

and stank of new smells of decay which no one had ever smelt before.

Bertolt Brecht, “Parade of the Old New,” 1939.

Bertolt Brecht’s words leave us with a bitter sweet aftertaste when we read Syriza’s central slogan for Greece’s parliamentary election on 20 September: “Getting rid of the old; winning the future; looking only forward”.

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Trauma on the Greek left

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Daniel Cooper

I spent four days in the sultry heat of Athens at the beginning of September. I did seven interviews with activists from across the Greek left, and met many others. Below is the first interview. I shall publish others.

An interview with Dimitris Belantis, a Popular Unity candidate in the Greek election.

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Greek anti-Memorandum alliance to contest election

On 20 August Alexis Tsipras announced the resignation of the Gree government, triggering fresh elections.

Tsipras has ruled out having a Syriza party congress before the elections, and looks set to exclude the left from party lists. The Left Platform released a statement declaring it will stand in elections against Syriza as part of a “broad anti-memorandum alliance” under the name “Popular Unity”.

An interview with Sotiris Martalis from DEA (Internationalist Workers Left) in Greece by Socialist Worker (USA).

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Privatising in Piraeus

One of the measures imposed by the capitalist Eurozone leaders on Greece, and shamefully accepted by the Syriza-led government, is privatisation of the ports of Piraeus and Thessaloniki.

Likely bidders are Maersk, ICTSI, and the Chinese company Cosco, which already runs two of three container quays at Piraeus on a 35 year contract. Hutchison tried for Thessaloniki when there was previous talk of privatising it, in 2008.

One of the measures imposed by the capitalist Eurozone leaders on Greece, and shamefully accepted by the Syriza-led government, is privatisation of the ports of Piraeus and Thessaloniki.

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