GREECE/EUROPE

Andrew Ryder: Disciplining Greece

Andrew Ryder      Earlier this week, Alexis Tsipras emerged from the summit with the leaders of the European Union nations, humiliated. The EU hardliners rejected even minimal concessions to the program of Tsipras’s party, Syriza. This coalition was elected in January on a campaign for the alleviation of austerity…

Democracy Rising World Conference 2015, Athens, 16-19.7.2015

The Global Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS) First World Conference on the subject “Democracy Rising: From Insurrections to ‘Event’” University of Athens, Law School Solonos 57   The GCAS "Democracy Rising" Conference can be viewed live via this link: www.livestream.com/therealnews Plenary Speakers: Tariq Ali, Maria Aristodemou, Bruno Bosteels, Jodi Dean, Costas Douzinas, Stathis Kouvelakis, Paul Mason, Maria Nikolakaki, Leo…

A. Vangeli: Republic of Macedonia. Regional Solidarity is Our Weapon

On July 15, Solidarnost, joined by other left-wing movements and activists from the Republic of Macedonia will take part in the global day of solidarity with the citizens of Greece. Below, I argue why regional solidarity matters more than ever.   Anastas Vangeli   Antonio Gramsci’s “the times when the…

Call for solidarity to Greek people against the coup, all over the world. Wednesday, everywhere, at 19:00

A call to solidarity action on Wednesday, everywhere, at 19:00 Athens, Greece * London, United Kingdom * Leeds, United Kingdom * Liverpool, United Kingdom *Bristol, United Kingdom *Manchester, United Kingdom * Belfast, Northern Ireland *Duns, Scotland * Berlin, Germany * Koblenz, Germany * Napels, Italy *Padua, Italy * Paris, France…

More than 100 Irish academics: Αusterity has ravaged both Ireland and Greece

Sir, The Irish government routinely claims Greece should follow the Irish example: take its 'austerity' medicine and then experience 'recovery'. As academics in Ireland, we know this is a deeply flawed claim. First, Ireland is a much more open economy than Greece – the recent increases in Irish GDP are…

Paul Krugman: This Eurogroup list of demands is madness

Killing the European Project "This Eurogroup list of demands is madness. The trending hashtag ThisIsACoup is exactly righ. This goes beyond harsh into pure vindictiveness, complete destruction of national sovereignty, and no hope of relief." Paul Krugman Suppose you consider Tsipras an incompetent twerp. Suppose you dearly want to see…

Zoe Konstantopoulou: Nο to ultimatums, Nο to the Memoranda of servitude

Speech at the Greek Parliament, on the question of the government’s proposal to the creditor institutions, 11.7.2015 Zoe Konstantopoulou The speech delivered early in the morning of July 11 by Zoe Konstantopoulou, president of the Greek parliament, on the question of the government’s proposal to the creditor institutions:   Ladies…

Stratis Bournazos: Α new Memorandum or Rupture? A double impasse.

Stratis Bournazos   This is the most difficult piece I have written in twenty years as a journalist. What can I say about this agreement? And most importantly, what must we actually do? If you support the conservatives, the socialists or that “POTAMI” party, “The River” in between, you should…

Alex Andreou: The pantomime of the Greek Deal

A bad deal is what Greece wanted. A bad deal is what Greece got. Tsipras neither saved nor doomed the country   Alex Andreou re-published from www.byline.com, 10.5.2015   This is my initial reaction to the deal proposal by Greece: it is more austerity -harsh austerity at that – and…

Key points: Greece's proposals to help end talks deadlock

The measures drawn up by Alexis Tsipras and his cabinet to help broker a deal   Budget: Greece is pledging to stick to primary surplus targets – meaning that the government is earning more in taxes than it is spending – of 1% this year, 2% in 2016, and 3% and…