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The list of reform measures, as envisaged by the Greek government.

The full text of Yanis Varoufakis's letter to Jeroen Dijsselbloem outlining Greece's proposed reforms   Dear President of the Eurogroup, In the Eurogroup of 20 February 2015 the Greek government was invited to present to the institutions, by Monday 23rd February 2015, a first comprehensive list of reform measures it…

Elena Papadopoulou: 10 Points on the Eurogroup decision

Elena Papadopoulou 1. The Eurogroup of the 20th of February was the end of the first (short) round of negotiations between the new Greek government and its European partners.  2. To judge what the government won and what it lost, as well as what it did not win and what…

The promise was kept, the streets won...

...So, let’s take to them again on Wednesday!  Dimosthenis Papadatos-Anagnostopoulos Under normal circumstances, the implementation of pre-election promises made by a newly-elected government would be seen as an expected and natural case of institutional routine. In today’s Greece, this institutional routine makes breaking news. The content of Sunday's programmatic announcements,…

Alexis Tsipras: Excerpts from programmatic statements in the Greek Parliament

and the the full list of the new government policy (republished from the Greek Reporter) Alexis Tsipras   Sunday, February, 8, 2015. Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, in Parliament, on the government’s policy statements (excerpts):   The new contract between Greece and Europe “The new contract between Greece and Europe which will…

Our leaders are only as good as we make them

Daniel Trilling   Shortly before the elections, a Syriza activist I interviewed warned me that Syriza was “not a messiah” and that its project would not succeed without active participation of the people it seeks to represent. This, to me, is particularly important: when politicians become divorced from the movements…

SYRIZA, From Hope to Event?

Peter Bratsis   Barely one week ago, Syriza secured a landslide victory in the Greek elections. Its electoral slogan was ‘Hope is Coming’. The promise to end austerity and the obvious futility and failure of the then existing political trajectory in Athens carried Syriza to become the first radical left,…

RedNotebook: On ECB' s decision to cancel the acceptance of Greek bonds

Yesterday (Wednesday) night the Board of the European Central Bank announced that it would no longer (starting on February 12, 2015) accept Greek government bonds as collateral for lending money to commercial banks. This decision is attributed to the currently unpredictable status of the deliberations regarding the bailout program.  This…

Ögmundur Jónasson: Social justice is the key for a left government

Interview with Ögmundur Jónasson, the former Health and Interior Minister for the Icelandic left government (2009-2013     Icelandic politician Ögmundur Jónasson (born 17 July 1948), was the former Health and Interior Minister for the Icelandic left government between 2009-2013. He has been active in various grass-root activities, a prolific…

Polymeris Voglis: The Left in Power

Polymeris Voglis Among the hundreds of thousands of people who anticipate SYRIZA’s victory in the forthcoming elections, harbouring the hope of change after five long years of economic recession, endemic unemployment, rising poverty and social dislocation, there are some who feel a certain uneasiness. This apprehension stems, in part, from…

Nicos Giannopoulos: The Meaning of Left Government

Nicos Giannopoulos Voting for SYRIZA in the 2012 general elections was primarily class-based. Class-based, however, does not necessarily mean class-conscious – it means voting according to one’s living circumstances. For example, SYRIZA did really well among hospital staff and eployees in drug rehabilitation units as well as precarious and reserve…