ELECTIONS 25.1.15

Costas Douzinas: "Syriza: the Greek spring"

Costas Douzinas   According to an oft-repeated cliché, the recent Syriza victory has historic significance. Its place in history books as the first elected left government in Europe is assured. But its importance goes further. The Syriza victory is an important marker in three historical periods or concentric cycles that…

Jerome Roos: A fresh left wind is blowing through Europe

Jerome Roos   A fresh wind is blowing through Europe – and it is blowing left. When the gates around Greek Parliament came down this week and the new SYRIZA government announced that it would be reversing a raft of austerity and privatization measures as well as granting citizenship rights…

Gerassimos Moschonas: Syriza's tremendous path to power *

Gerassimos Moschonas   No European country has been plunged so deep into crisis as Greece, which has experienced a situation analogous to that of the 1930s. If the images coming from Greece today don’t correspond to the 1930s picture of social carnage and extreme human suffering, it’s thanks to the…

Yiannis Mavris: From 2012 to 2015. Why ND lost the elections

How the shift within the electorate was consolidated after European elections in 2014      Yiannis Mavris    The elections of 25 January, which ended the five-year cycle of the Memorandum period in Greece, are proving to be an event of historical importance for the domestic political scene, while their…

Bhaskar Sunkara: Greek Lessons

Bhaskar Sunkara The American left is no stranger to looking abroad for inspiration. Well, more than inspiration — romanticizing the more advanced struggles elsewhere in the world has often been an excuse to avoid the hard and unglamorous work of organizing workers from within the heart of capital.  Socialists here…

Roviros Manthoulis: Let’s prepare for new struggles

Roviros Manthoulis   I’m deeply moved. We would have been saved much wretchedness, if SYRIZA had been elected with this same percentage a few years earlier. It’s far too long if real changes in a country, not to mention the world, come every 50 years. I feel that these elections…

Theodora Oikonomides: SYRIZA -Independent Greeks: Strange bedfellows

Theodora Oikonomides The final results of the Greek elections came in early this morning. SYRIZA garnered 149 seats in parliament, two short of a majority, and is entering a coalition with Independent Greeks to form a government. SYRIZA is a more-or-less radical left-wing party, while Independent Greeks is a nationalist-populist…

Maro Douka: The fight will be a difficult one.

Not we (who had not yet been born), but Greek society –I sense– had to wait seventy years, through struggles and ups and downs, through adventures and belied expectations, to regain our footing.  What I mean, of course, is that after 1944 we had to wait until 2015  to pick…