Monti Calls for EU Summit to Confront Populism

Italian Premier Mario Monti on Saturday proposed a special European summit to confront growing populism in the face of the continent’s financial crisis. “We are in a dangerous phase,” Monti said on the sidelines of the Ambrosetti Forum on Lake Como after meeting with European Union Council President Herman van Rompuy. He said a divisive … Continue reading

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

It’s not rhetoric to draw parallels with Nazism

by LAURIE PENNY Actual fascists in actual black shirts are waving swastikas and murdering ethnic minorities in Athens. “After the immigrants, you’re next.” That’s what was written on flyers that appeared this week in the gay clubbing district of Athens. As violence against immigrants and ethnic minorities escalates across Greece, supporters of the ultra-right Golden Dawn … 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

Spain police, miners clash in Madrid protest

Associated Press. Spanish miners and sympathizers incensed with the nation’s seemingly endless austerity cutbacks clashed with riot police on one of Madrid’s most famed avenues Wednesday, and six demonstrators were hospitalized after police fired rubber bullets. Police made seven arrests, and two officers were injured. The miners’ march into the capital was the culmination for some … Continue reading

Security firm spies on Reuters correspondent

(Reuters) – A private security team was hired to follow and photograph a Reuters special correspondent who has written a series of articles exposing mismanagement in Greek banks. Stephen Grey, who was in Athens last week for further reporting, was followed to a meeting at a building in the city on June 20. The unidentified … 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

Greece election debate turns violent

Greece’s heated election campaign has turned ugly on live TV, with a spokesman for the far-right party Golden Dawn physically assaulting two left-wing deputies during a morning political show. A public prosecutor ordered Golden Dawn spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris’ immediate arrest after Thursday’s incident. Tempers frayed on the political show on the private Antenna television station … Continue reading

Save us from the saviours: Slavoj Žižek on Europe and the Greeks

Imagine a scene from a dystopian movie that depicts our society in the near future. Uniformed guards patrol half-empty downtown streets at night, on the prowl for immigrants, criminals and vagrants. Those they find are brutalised. What seems like a fanciful Hollywood image is a reality in today’s Greece. At night, black-shirted vigilantes from the … Continue reading