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

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

Fascism rises from the depths of Greece’s despair

It started, as many days do in Greece, with a trip to the kiosk to buy cigarettes. Still half-asleep, Panayiotis Roumeliotis was surprised to be asked to show his identity card by two young men with shaved heads. It was his first direct contact with the vigilante groups that have become a feature of everyday … Continue reading

A gain for Golden Dawn would be a dark day for Greece

“Why should they vote for us? Because they have nothing better,” saysNikolaos Michaloliakos, leader of a Greek far-right party that a decade ago was widely perceived as an illegal, fascist organisation but now stands a very good chance of making it into the Greek parliament. According to most of the published polls, Chrysi Avgi, or Golden Dawn, … Continue reading

The colours of disintegration: interpreting the 2012 elections in Greece

Economic depression is as ever a catalyst for change. This map of the terrain launches a series of analyses of the Greek elections and their European ripple effect, as the two parties that have dominated Greek politics since the downfall of the Junta face a “shellacking” and the far right waits in the wings

Quest: Greece 2012 equals Versailles 1919?

London (CNN) – It is official. The Greek economy has gone into meltdown. The numbers released Tuesday show that during 2011 the economy contracted by 7%. Barclays estimates that much of that loss came in the last three months – when the economy dropped a whopping 5.1%.

Opinion: Extreme austerity breeds extreme politics

(CNN) — A seismic shift is taking place in the Greek political system. The series of bailouts and austerity measures implemented during the last two years has led to a fundamental political crisis affecting both the function of government and the standing of key politicians and political parties.