The extremism of Greece’s centre ground

Golden Dawn has become a useful tool in the hands of those who try to equate neo-Nazism with the anti-bailout movement. by Aris Chatzistefanou Walter Benjamin once said that “every fascism is an index of a failed revolution”. In that sense, the election of 21 members of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn to the Greek parliament could … Continue reading

Michael Noonan: I’m willing to overrule Finance officials and release ECB letter on bailout

FINANCE Minister Michael Noonan says he is willing to overrule civil servants in his department and release a letter from the ECB which forced Ireland into a bailout. Mr Noonan was speaking in Limerick this morning, and said it “would be appropriate” for him to publish the letter, despite his department previously refusing to release it under … Continue reading

Spetses, the tycoons’ playground where gulf between rich and poor grows wider

by Vanessa Thorpe On a jetty alongside the town beach a loud phone call disturbs the peace of a handful of Spetses residents lying in the sun before taking their daily swim – one free pleasure that is still available to all. A rich weekender from Athens booms ostentatiously into his mobile, directing a man … Continue reading

Greece must bring an end to racist and xenophobic attacks

The Greek authorities must do more to prevent racist and xenophobic attacks and fully investigate those that occur, Amnesty International said following the fatal stabbing of an Iraqi man amid a rise in xenophobic attacks. The 19-year-old died in hospital on Sunday after being repeatedly stabbed near an unofficial mosque in Anaxagora Street in central … Continue reading

The women Greece blames for its HIV crisis

Prostitutes have been rounded up and jailed as new cases soar by CHARLOTTE MCDONALD-GIBSON The women glare into the camera, their humiliated, pale faces smeared with make-up and tears. Glazed eyes stare out under lurid headlines warning of “the nightmare of Aids” with “infected prostitutes” posing a “death trap for hundreds of people”.

Special Report: Clandestine loans were used to fortify Greek bank

By Stephen Grey and Nikolas Leontopoulos (Reuters) – The chairman of one of Greece’s largest banks and his family took out loans totaling more than 100 million euros to finance an undisclosed stake in the bank, according to audit documents seen by Reuters. Offshore companies owned by Michael Sallas and his two children paid for shares in … Continue reading

Solidarity is Europe’s only hope

by James K. Galbraith In an opinion piece for DW’s Transatlantic Voices column, James K. Galbraith argues that neither growth nor austerity are the right remedies for the eurozone crisis. Instead, the focus should be on solidarity. The austerity moment is passing. Britain’s double-dip recession and Europe’s 11 percent unemployment show where austerity leads. Public … Continue reading

Greece as Victim

Paul Krugman Ever since Greece hit the skids, we’ve heard a lot about what’s wrong with everything Greek. Some of the accusations are true, some are false — but all of them are beside the point. Yes, there are big failings in Greece’s economy, its politics and no doubt its society. But those failings aren’t … Continue reading

Golden Dawn threatens hospital raids against immigrants in Greece

Far-right party says it will throw immigrants and their children out on the street, as some hospitals run short of supplies by Helena Smith In an atmosphere that has become increasingly electric before Greece‘s crucial election, the far-right Golden Dawn has ratcheted up the rhetoric by threatening to remove immigrants and their children from hospitals and … Continue reading

Greeks protest against violent neo-Nazi MP on the run

Golden Dawn spokesman who assaulted leftwing politicians evades arrest as protesters denounce fascism. by Helena Smith Protesters across Greece poured on to the streets of cities Friday night, denouncing the “dark force” of fascism as the spokesman of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party continued to elude arrest more than 24 hours after his extraordinary on-screen assault of two female … Continue reading