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

Why the All-Important Greek Election Changed Absolutely Nothing

On Sunday, Greek citizens voted for the euro. On Monday, investors voted against it. And so, an election that we expected to avert an international financial meltdown ultimately corresponded with one.

Divided Greece “risks social explosion”

By Michael Stott ATHENS | Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:43am EDT (Reuters) – Pro-bailout party New Democracy may have come first in Sunday’s Greek election but the radical left anti-austerity SYRIZA bloc was celebrating like the real winner well into the warm Athens night. The election exposed a struggling nation deeply divided over whether to implement a harsh … Continue reading

MPs from Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn arrested over racist attack

Two newly elected MPs from the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party were among six people arrested over an attack on a Pakistani man in Athens, in the latest in a series of incidents that have raised fears that Greece‘s immigrants are being targeted in the runup to this month’s crucial elections. Ilias Panagiotaros and Ioannis Vouldis were briefly held … Continue reading

Merkel’s Referendum Sets Greeks on Fire – Eurogroup Knew About it…

With her ‘alleged’ (?) euro-referendum proposal German Chancellor Angela Merkel achieved the impossible: to unite all Greek Parties against her! The pro-bailout and the contra-bailout parties alike. Despite denials from the German side and confirmations from the Greek side, there is still confusion on Saturday morning as to whether Angela Merkel suggested to Greek President Karolos … Continue reading

Greek election: Syriza ‘to tear up EU austerity deal’

The leader of Greece’s left-wing Syriza bloc has said he will try to form a coalition based on tearing up the terms of the EU/IMF bailout deal. Alexis Tsipras, whose bloc came second in Sunday’s vote, said Greek voters had “clearly nullified the loan agreement”. He has three days to reach a coalition deal and … Continue reading

If elections could change things, they’d be illegal

New York, NY – Were one to write a pre-election analysis in the glorious days of Greece’s ancien regime, one would most probably have to present and analyse the political positions of the main competing parties. Yet, this is one of the most outdated things one might want to do if one intends to say anything useful … Continue reading

Voting in the Dark: Greece Goes to the Polls

How do you hold an election in a country that has lost its sovereignty, its sense of its own past and its imagined future? What promises can discredited politicians sell, in the fifth year of recession, to people whose wages have vanished or plummeted by a third, pensioners living on less than 300 euros a … 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

Election Threatens to Become Snapshot of Greek Despair

Greek voters are slated to head for the polls this weekend. The candidates are pledging to change everything in the crisis-plagued country. But in many cases these promises are coming from the very politicians who helped drive the country into the abyss. A group of men with microphones and cameras pushes its way to the podium under the … Continue reading