Event Date 15 March 2013
173 Euston Road
London NW1 2BJ
Public talk by Alexis Tsipras (head of the SYRIZA parliamentary group, and Leader of the Opposition) with a brief introduction by Tony Benn
The London branch of SYRIZA is putting on a public talk by Alexis Tsipras – the head of the SYRIZA parliamentary group, and Leader of the Opposition with a brief introduction by Tony Benn.
Unfortunately, Tony Benn could not attend due to ill health, so his statement was read out by Paul Mackney (Co-Chair Greek Solidarity Campaign)
Syriza UK invites you to join an event on the Greek crisis and current developments
Location: ULU, Malet Suite 7,Malet St, London WC1E 7HY
19.00 – 21.00
As the social tensions in Greece continue to intensify there is a real possibility that SYRIZA may form the next government in that country. Stathis Kouvelakis, speaking at the Socialist Resistance seminar on broad parties, describes how the party has come to hegemonise the Greek left. Click on the link to watch the video:
The Greek people had a difficult decision to make. They had to choose between two diverse groups of parties: a group of moderate parties from center-right to center-left which gave first priority for Greece to stay in the euro zone and renegotiate its bailout terms as far as this is realistically possible; and a group of extremist populist parties of ultra-left and ultra-right, giving their first priority for Greece to free itself from the bailout terms even at the cost of losing its euro zone membership status.
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Supporters of Alexis Tsipras, the head of Syriza, celebrate outside the political party’s election tent after beating the Pasok party in the parliamentary elections in Athens, Greece, on Sunday, May 6, 2012.
The basic argument for the first group was fear for the uncertainty of an isolated Greece—without allies and lenders, bankrupt and ill-reputed, suffering extreme poverty and civil unrest. The basic argument for the second group was the supposed strategic advantage of a Greece willing to play Sampson ready to commit suicide crying “Let me die with the Philistines!”
Fortunately the Greek people did not fall for the gimmicks of the last group despite the unprecedented momentum of the leading party of this group, the left-wing Syriza. Syriza managed to get 17 percent of the vote in the May 6 elections, an impressive result given its 4.6 performance in 2009. Moreover, in the June 17 elections Syriza reached 27 percent—a 60 percent increase in 40 days. Greece was literally saved by the bell.
Well, not exactly. First of all “saved” is an exaggeration. The alternative to Syriza was a prospective post-election coalition of the conservative party, New Democracy, the social democratic Pasok and the moderate Democratic Left. Pasok and New Democracy are the two parties mostly responsible for the Greek mess. Read the rest of this entry »
Greek elections: a most fragile victory of the ruling class whilst Syriza is enormously strengthened (Part A)Posted: June 19, 2012
Written by Editorial Board of Marxistiki Foni
Marxist Voice greek newpaper/e-paper, and of ‘Epanastasi’ Revolution greek magazine
Athens, Monday, 18 June 2012
The Greek and international bourgeois media orchestrated a huge terror campaign, painting a picture of economic chaos and collapse if Syriza were to win the elections. Thus by a small margin New Democracy (ND) scraped into first place. However, the rise of Syriza, despite all this, indicates the continuing shift to the Left in Greek society. Now ND will attempt to form a coalition government with the PASOK, and possibly with the other political expressers of the ruling class, which will be one of continued austerity. Nothing has been solved; the problem has only been postponed. All the conditions are being prepared for a victory of Syriza in the near future. Here we publish an analysis on the elections, written by Greek Marxists in SYN and Syriza in the course of today.
Antonis Samaras, leader of New Democracy. Photo: Νέα Δημοκρατία
The results of yesterday’s parliamentary elections are a “fragile” political victory for the Greek ruling class. Meanwhile we see a massive shift of the working masses towards Syriza in the major cities, among the working class, the very young and the productive. Among these layers there was a veritable avalanche of support for Syriza
Photography by Aggelos Kalodoukas
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Greek Democracy will never be the same after this turbulent month
BY ALEX ANDREOU Originally Published at The New Statesman 18 JUNE 2012 8:45
I am grateful to expert Louise Mensch, who once had a Greek Salad from Waitrose, for analysing the result of yesterday’s election so that I can grasp it.She said: “When push comes to shove, the Greek people voted for austerity and sanity. Are you listening, Labour?” Obviously I cannot compete with this sort of laser-like analysis, which would reduce Shakespeare’s Othello to “interracial marriages just don’t work”. But try, I must.
It is difficult to give you a sense of the tectonic plate shift which has taken place in the Greek political geology in the last few years. If you can imagine, between now and 2015, the Tories dropping thirty-two percentage points, the LibDems disappearing into seventh place with less than 5 per cent, the BNP securing 18 MPs, the Greens emerging from nowhere to become the main opposition and the prospect of a Tory/Labour coalition, you may get a taste.
Let us put aside the facile notion that a fragmented election result is “not decisive”. It is, in many ways, a healthier expression of democracy than what has happened in Greece for the last 50 years – a polarised sharing of 80 per cent of the vote between two major parties who swap power every few years. It is as valid a decision as any other. In the case of Sunday’s election, it says loudly and clearly “we trust none of you unfettered or unsupervised”. Given the history of corruption and mismanagement which has brought my country to its knees, it seems to me a perfectly sensible position.
The nominal victors are the New Democracy right-of-centre party. With 29.6 per cent of the vote, 2.7 per cent ahead of radical left SYRIZA, they have secured the much coveted “bonus” which, under Greek electoral rules, gives the top party an additional 50 MPs. This leaves them in the unenviable position of having to form a coalition and drive forward with the austerity package. To add to their woes, the most likely coalition partner (both in numerical terms and being pro-austerity) is the left-of-centre PASOK; their sworn enemies for a generation. PASOK, who were in power three years ago with 44 per cent, now languish on a paltry 12.5 per cent of the vote. Their fall from grace is truly astounding. The Communist KKE party has been obliterated into seventh place with less than 5 per cent. Other assorted new, coalition or independent parties have largely lost out too, as the vote became concentrated around New Democracy and SYRIZA.
SYRIZA is the real winner. Read the rest of this entry »