A European “Red Spring”?

By: Tuesday February 3, 2015 6:00 pm

Those who are cheerfully going about the work of dismantling the welfare state seem blissfully unaware that the welfare state was created by men as, or even more conservative then themselves, (Bismark, for example) in order to avoid revolutionary social movements which would destabilize and jeopardize the entire economic system and society itself. This was a strategy that was so eminently successful that it practically has destroyed revolutionary praxis.


My Big Fat Greek Debt

By: Friday January 30, 2015 7:00 pm

Alexis Tsipras is the newly elected Prime Minister of Greece since 26 January 2015. One of the young leftwing radicals of the Syriza party, Alexis Tsipras is sweeping away the age of austerity. He made good on his promises to voters in a startling fashion:

One by one they were rolled back, blitzkrieg-style, mercilessly, ruthlessly, with rat-a-tat efficiency. First the barricades came down outside the Greek parliament. Then it was announced that privatisation schemes would be halted and pensions reinstated. And then came the news of the reintroduction of the €751 monthly minimum wage. And all before Greece’s new prime minister had got his first cabinet meeting under way. {more}

SYRIZA Achieves Victory in Greek Elections

By: Sunday January 25, 2015 6:00 pm

SYRIZA won 149 seats out of 300 in Greek parliament with more than 75 percent of voters already tallied. While the coalition did not gain the majority, it basically achieved a massive victory after the assault by European elites warning Greeks not to vote for SYRIZA. Thirty-six percent of Greeks voted for the coalition compared to 28 percent [...]

Greece Drops Plan to Renegotiate Bailout Terms

By: Friday July 6, 2012 4:00 pm

The way the Greek election worked is that Syriza, the far-left party, said they would completely renegotiate the bailout terms that forced austerity on the country. New Democracy, the center-right legacy party that was part of the grand coalition that negotiated the bailout in the first place, countered that they too would seek a renegotiation, muddying the contrast between the two parties. New Democracy claimed that their terms would be responsible, while Syriza’s intransigence would get Greece tossed out of the euro. A spooked public then narrowly chose New Democracy, based at least in part on these points.

Just a few weeks after the election, it turns out it was all a game.

Center-Right New Democracy Wins in Greece, But May Have Trouble Forming Government

By: Sunday June 17, 2012 4:00 pm

With 71% of the vote in, the center-right New Democracy Party has a small but sustainable lead in the Greek Parliamentary elections. They hold 30.1% of the vote to 26.5% for the left-wing Syriza party. Pasok, the center-left party, holds third with 12.6%, the Democratic Left came in fourth with 7.5%, and the neo-Nazis in Golden Dawn have enough votes to enter Parliament, with around 7%.

Early Exits in Greek Elections Show Tight Race

By: Sunday June 17, 2012 11:30 am

Early exit polling from Greece, in the second election to try to form a government in as many months, shows an incredibly narrow race between the center-right New Democracy party and the far-left Syriza party. It raises the possibility that no single party could form a government again, which would mean yet another potential round of voting, and the attendant uncertainty.

Greek Elections Sunday, Threats to Eurozone Downplayed

By: Friday June 15, 2012 10:35 am

We’re just two days away from a consequential vote in Greece. The lack of polling over the last two weeks and the closeness of the race between the far-left, anti-austerity Syriza, and the center-right, pro-bailout New Democracy, makes the outcome a genuine question.

The Greeks themselves don’t believe the outcome will lead to a Eurozone exit; but if Syriza emerges victorious, the Eurozone leadership could basically make it impossible for them to stay.

Two Weeks Before Greek Elections, Deadlock at the Top

By: Monday June 4, 2012 7:45 am

With apologies to Wisconsin, we’re a little less than two weeks away from the most important election of the year. It’s happening in Greece, where you have a contest that will likely determine the future of that country, and by proxy the future of Europe. The far-left Syriza party and the center-right New Democracy have been locked in a tight struggle for weeks in this second-round Parliamentary election.

Greek Polling Shows Syriza Slipping, Result of Outside Whisper Campaign

By: Monday May 28, 2012 9:30 am

In the US, Republicans like to call accurate descriptions of their plans to destroy our old-age health care system the “Mediscare.” Putting aside the accuracy part, I guess we can call EU leaders’ apparently somewhat successful effort to influence the Greek elections the “Euroscare.” The effect has been to increase polls for parties claiming they’ll support the austerity measures, because Greeks are being told that’s essential to stay within the Euro.

New Elections Nearly Certain in Greece

By: Monday May 14, 2012 7:20 am

We’ll probably get the final word today, but I think it’s safe to say there will not be a Greek government forming out of the most recent elections. After the top three vote-getting parties each tried and failed to form a government, the Greek President made one last plea to amass a government of national unity among a clatch of parties. However, The Radical Coalition of the Left, or Syriza, never attended the talks.

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