By Christoph Dreier, 5 October 2012
The loans promised by the troika last June will be withheld until the Greek budget for 2013 complies fully with the proscriptions of EU bureaucrats.
By our reporters, 5 October 2012
Since the outbreak of the economic crisis in 2008, Spanish unemployment has risen from 8 percent to nearly 25 percent, over double the European Union average.
By Christoph Dreier, 4 October 2012
The Greek government is encountering increasing difficulties in enforcing cuts and under these conditions the SYRIZA coalition is assuming growing significance for the ruling elite.
By Vicky Short, 4 October 2012
The ex-General Secretary of the Stalinist Communist Party of Spain, Santiago Carrillo, died on Tuesday September 18 at the age of 97.
By a WSWS reporting team, 3 October 2012
Spain’s right-wing Popular Party government has secured a €100 billion bailout of the banks and is likely to ask for more money soon.
By Patrick Martin, 1 October 2012
Tens of thousands of workers, young people, unemployed and retirees demonstrated in major cities of Portugal and Spain Saturday.
By Alejandro López, 29 September 2012
On Thursday, the Catalan regional parliament passed a resolution to hold a referendum on self-determination.
By Markus Salzmann, 29 September 2012
Slovenia’s conservative government is working closely with the opposition Social Democrats and the trade unions to impose another austerity package.
By Stefan Steinberg, 27 September 2012
Millions of Greek workers stopped work and hundreds of thousands participated in demonstrations Wednesday to oppose the latest package of austerity measures introduced by the coalition government led by Antonis Samaras.
By Alejandro López, 27 September 2012
Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched Tuesday to surround the Spanish parliament.
By Christoph Dreier, 22 September 2012
While the Greek government consults EU representatives about how best to lower the state deficit, wide-scale popular resistance to austerity is brewing.
By Paul Mitchell, 22 September 2012
Hundreds of thousands of people took part in demonstrations in 40 cities across Portugal organized under the slogan “To hell with the troika, we want our lives back.”
By Alejandro López, 18 September 2012
On Saturday, firefighters, doctors, nurses, postal employees and others suffering the austerity measures being imposed by the Popular Party government marched through Spain’s capital.
By Mike Jobson, 17 September 2012
On September 10 about 500 Alcoa workers from Sardinia travelled to Rome to protest the imminent closure of their plant located in Portovesme.
By Christoph Dreier, 12 September 2012
The EU has transformed Greece into a protectorate, in which European companies can exploit workers at low wages.
By Alejandro López, 11 September 2012
The ruling class in Catalonia wants to pressure the central government in Madrid for more control over revenues amid rising social tensions.
By Markus Salzmann, 10 September 2012
Although the country’s total debt is relatively low at 47 percent of GDP, the crisis gripping Slovenia’s three largest banks threatens to drag the country into the abyss.
By Stefan Steinberg, 8 September 2012
The financial elite is demanding a fundamental assault in Greece on all the gains made by the working class in the twentieth century.
By Stefan Steinberg, 6 September 2012
The letter leaked to the press before EU and IMF talks in Athens calls for a six-day work week, new minimum wage cuts, and other attacks.
By Ernst Wolff, 4 September 2012
The call for the introduction of special economic zones in Greece by the European Union signals an intensification of the attack on workers.
By Marianne Arens, 31 August 2012
On Sunday evening over 100 miners began an occupation of the Carbosulcis coal mine, which is situated on the southwest coast of Sardinia.
By Alejandro López, 31 August 2012
The Spanish government will impose new restrictions on aid to 600,000 long-term unemployed workers.
By Christoph Dreier, 25 August 2012
In his first official visit abroad, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras travelled to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
By Christoph Dreier, 23 August 2012
The aim of European meetings this week is to put pressure on Greece to commit to further social cuts, while ruthlessly implementing those already agreed upon.
By Marianne Arens, 22 August 2012
An Italian town has erected a monument to the notorious fascist, Rodolfo Graziani.
By Alejandro López, 21 August 2012
Wildfires in Spain this summer have so far claimed the lives of nine people and laid waste to 132,399 hectares, three times more than last year.
By Alejandro López, 18 August 2012
Protest actions by members of the Andalusian Workers Trade Union and others are little more than stunts.
By Christoph Dreier, 15 August 2012
Early on Sunday morning a group of fascist thugs murdered a 19-year-old Iraqi on the streets of Athens.
By Christoph Dreier, 11 August 2012
Last weekend, some 4,500 Athens police officers were mobilized to round up thousands of people believed to be immigrants.
By Alejandro López, 10 August 2012
The two main trade unions, the CCOO and UGT, have called miners back to work in the regions of Aragon, León and Asturias after 67 days of strike action.
By Christoph Dreier, 9 August 2012
Just a week after the Greek government announced €11.5 billion in new cuts in social spending, 4,500 police officers in bullet-proof vests, accompanied by Alsatian dogs, took to the streets of Athens to hunt down foreign-looking people
By Paul Mitchell, 6 August 2012
On August 1, Portugal’s new labour reforms came into force, dictated virtually word for word by officials from the European Union, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank.
By Markus Salzmann, 6 August 2012
Slovenia is among the Eastern European countries hardest hit by the financial crisis.
By Robert Stevens, 4 August 2012
The leaders of the three Greek government parties have announced their agreement on further austerity cuts amounting to €11.5 billion.
By Christoph Dreier, 1 August 2012
On Monday the Greek government announced it would only publish the details of the new austerity package in August.
By Alejandro López, 30 July 2012
Newly published figures show unemployment at a record high in Spain.
By Alex Lantier and John Vassilopoulos, 27 July 2012
Greek officials met with European Commission (EC) President José Manuel Barroso and international financial officials yesterday to discuss a new round of budget cuts.
By Katerina Selin, 26 July 2012
Last Friday police began a violent intervention to break the picket line at the Halyvourgia Ellados steel plant in Greece.
By Alejandro López, 25 July 2012
Unable to pay the interest on their debts, Spain’s regional governments are seeking bailouts from the central government.
By Christoph Dreier, 25 July 2012
European and international financial officials are threatening to force a state bankruptcy if Athens does not impose further austerity measures.
By Christoph Dreier, 23 July 2012
The opposition party SYRIZA has reneged on its pre-election promises and now accepts the EU’s draconian conditions for financial aid to Greece.
By Chris Marsden, 21 July 2012
Thursday’s demonstrations in Spain against the Popular Party (PP) government’s latest austerity measures were a mass outpouring of anger and defiance.
By Stefan Steinberg, 21 July 2012
Euro zone finance ministers agreed Friday to a €100 billion bailout aimed at averting a crash of the Spanish banking system.
By Robert Stevens, 19 July 2012
The New Democracy-led coalition government in Greece is preparing a further 11.6 billion-euro austerity package.
By Ognjen Markovic, 18 July 2012
The new Serbian government is preparing a sweeping attack on the working class.
By Alejandro López, 17 July 2012
On Monday morning, a demonstration of thousands blocked the centre of Madrid.
By Michael Regens, 14 July 2012
The “black march” of Spanish miners, which was welcomed by more than 25,000 in Madrid, was brutally attacked by riot police.
By Paul Mitchell, 13 July 2012
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of the right-wing Popular Party announced a new €65 billion package of cuts Wednesday, the fourth since his election last November.
By Marianne Arens, 10 July 2012
The new austerity package of Italian premier Mario Monti agreed last week will cut an additional €26 billion at the expense of the working population.
By Christoph Dreier, 9 July 2012
During the recent election campaign, the Greek prime minister promised to renegotiate the memorandum with the so-called troika, but now he has categorically rejected such a step.
By Alejandro López, 9 July 2012
The strike by 8,000 miners in the northern provinces of Asturias, León and Aragon, now more than 40 days old, indicates the broad opposition to the austerity measures imposed by the right-wing Popular Party government.
By Markus Salzmann, 6 July 2012
With Slovenian banks heavily in debt, the right-wing government of Prime Minister Janez Jansa is acceding to demands for tougher austerity measures.
By Robert Stevens, 5 July 2012
The New Democracy-led Greek coalition government is meeting officials from the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) today.
By Robert Stevens, 3 July 2012
Within days of being elected, the Greek coalition government led by New Democracy has already reneged on the few pledges it was forced to make in order to placate massive opposition to years of austerity.
By Vicky Short and Paul Mitchell, 2 July 2012
Around 8,000 miners in regions across Spain have been on strike since May 31 against cuts to subsidies that could mean the end of coal mining and the destruction of about 50,000 mining and related jobs.
By Christoph Dreier, 27 June 2012
With the resignation of Finance Minister-designate Vasilis Rapanos and the appointment of Yannis Stournaras, conflicts have come to light in the formation of the new Greek government.
By Robert Stevens, 25 June 2012
The meeting of the new Greek coalition government consisting of New Democracy, PASOK and the Democratic Left with officials from the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund has been delayed for a week.
By Jordan Shilton, 23 June 2012
The economic and social catastrophe unfolding in Greece is bringing to the fore long-running geopolitical conflicts.
By Julie Hyland, 21 June 2012
New Democracy party leader Antonis Samaras was sworn in as Greece’s new prime minister Wednesday evening, heading a coalition government with the social democratic PASOK and the Democratic Left.
By Julie Hyland, 20 June 2012
Athens is expected to announce a “national salvation” coalition headed by the conservative New Democracy, whose objective is to press ahead with the austerity measures agreed with the troika—the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
By Robert Stevens, 20 June 2012
The social hardship being imposed on an already poverty-stricken Greek population is without parallel in post-war Europe.
By Paul Mitchell, 20 June 2012
A powerful one-day strike in Spain’s mining regions in support of striking miners shut down factories and shops and disrupted rail traffic.
By Chris Marsden, 19 June 2012
New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras is expected to form a coalition government in Greece tasked with implementing brutal austerity measures.
By Robert Stevens, 19 June 2012
The World Socialist Web Site discussed with workers and youth in Athens the result of Sunday’s general election as negotiations continued to form a government following the narrow victory of the conservative New Democracy.
By Chris Marsden, 18 June 2012
The narrow victory of the conservative New Democracy in the Greek general election sets the stage for intense negotiations over the formation of a coalition government.
By Christoph Dreier and Katerina Selin, 18 June 2012
The perspective of the Greek Communist Party, based on nationalism and support for the trade union bureaucracy, makes a mockery of its rhetorical calls for “people’s power” and “interventions of the working class”.
By Robert Stevens, 18 June 2012
A World Socialist Web Site reporting team spoke to a number of workers and young people in Athens on Friday and Saturday on the eve of the June 17 election.
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 16 June 2012
Whoever wins the election, the working class will be forced to repay the €200 billion- plus bailout through the austerity measures attached to the Memorandum signed with the troika.
By Christoph Dreier and Katerina Selin, 16 June 2012
Alexis Tsipras promised on Thursday to end the austerity measures in Greece. At the same time he insisted that SYRIZA represented no threat to the European institutions and that his party was ready to recognize the national debt.
By Robert Stevens, 16 June 2012
A WSWS reporting team spoke to residents in the district of Aigaleo in west Athens about their attitudes to Sunday’s election.
By Nick Beams, 14 June 2012
Rising interest rates in bond markets demonstrate that the €100 billion Spanish bailout last weekend has done nothing to resolve the euro zone crisis and may well have made it even worse.
By Chris Marsden, 14 June 2012
SYRIZA head Alexis Tsipras chose a column in the Financial Times to pledge that his party will act as the saviour of the euro currency and a tax collector on behalf of the troika.
By our correspondents, 14 June 2012
Students at the main campus of the University of Athens spoke with a World Socialist Web Site reporting team.
By Paul Mitchell and Vicky Short, 14 June 2012
More than 8,000 miners in the Asturias region of Spain have been on indefinite strike since June 1 in protest of cuts to subsidies that threaten the industry with the loss of 40,000 jobs.
By Jordan Shilton, 13 June 2012
The assault launched by the spokesman of Greece’s neo-fascist Golden Dawn against two political rivals on live television must be taken as a warning to working people.
By Ulrich Rippert, 13 June 2012
The German government has intensified its threats against Greek voters on the eve of parliamentary elections this weekend.
By Stefan Steinberg, 12 June 2012
Remarks by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble on Monday directly contradict assurances by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy that there were “no strings attached” to last weekend’s rescue deal for Spanish banks.
By Alex Lantier, 12 June 2012
Terrified by the escalating European debt crisis, the petty-bourgeois ex-left is divided over how to reconcile its “anti-capitalist” phrase-mongering with its pro-capitalist politics.
By Andre Damon, 11 June 2012
The very fact that four years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers and two years after the first bailout of Greece it has become necessary to bail out one of the central economies of Europe belies all claims of the viability of capitalism.
By Robert Stevens, 9 June 2012
In the last week, two strikes have been declared illegal in Greece, including the long-running steelworkers strike at the Hellenic Steel Company.
By Christoph Dreier, 8 June 2012
Pseudo-left forces such as SYRIZA, which seek to subordinate workers to various factions of the ruling class, constitute a critical obstacle to the development of an international revolutionary movement of the working class.
By Alex Lantier, 6 June 2012
On May 31, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras gave Time magazine a long interview on his party’s program in Greece’s June 17 elections.
By Stefan Steinberg, 4 June 2012
The ruthlessness of both the central and private banks and growing antagonisms between individual states threatens to blow apart the European Union and the euro.
By Christoph Dreier, 2 June 2012
SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras proposed to terminate loan agreements with Greece’s creditors and reverse the cuts imposed on Greece in recent years.
By Marianne Arens, 2 June 2012
An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale struck the northern Italian region of Emilia Romagna, killing 7 and injuring more than 50.
By Christoph Dreier, 1 June 2012
On Tuesday the leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), Alexis Tsipras, held talks with the Greek Defence Ministry and army high command.
By Andre Damon, 31 May 2012
Fears that the euro zone is nearing breakup sent panicked investors to safe haven assets Wednesday, driving the yields on US government debt to their lowest levels since 1946.
By Christoph Dreier, 31 May 2012
The German author Günter Grass has published a withering critique of the policy of Germany and the European Union towards Greece.
By Robert Stevens, 29 May 2012
The appalling suicide of a mother and son in Athens again underscores the social nightmare being visited on Greece.
By Stefan Steinberg, 28 May 2012
In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde vented her class hatred for the workers of Greece, denouncing them as tax scofflaws and ruling out any respite from the austerity measures that have devastated the country.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 26 May 2012
As Greece prepares for elections on June 17 amid an overwhelming popular rejection of austerity, the ruling class is making secret preparations for a military crackdown against the workers.
By Ognjen Markovic and Stefan Steinberg, 26 May 2012
The Serbian presidential vote reflects increasing disillusionment with all of the official parties and growing disaffection with the pro-European Union policies of both candidates.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 25 May 2012
Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the Left Front (FG) candidate in last month's French presidential elections hosted a meeting in Paris on Monday with Alexis Tsipras, the leader of Greece’s Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA).
By Alex Lantier, 24 May 2012
It has taken only a few days since the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) became the front-runner in Greece’s June 17 elections for the bankruptcy of its politics to become clear.
By Christoph Dreier, 24 May 2012
Tsipras stressed that his party was in no way dismissive or even hostile to EU institutions, and that Greece under his rule would not leave the EU.
By Alejandro López, 24 May 2012
Tuesday’s strike closed down most universities, vocational training centers and schools in 14 regions throughout Spain.
By Paul Mitchell, 23 May 2012
The resurgence of ethnic tensions in Macedonia and the ability of nationalist politicians to mobilise large numbers of demonstrators are fuelled by the terrible social conditions in the country.
By Alex Lantier, 22 May 2012
Alexis Tsipras, the leader of Greece’s Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), visited Paris yesterday to meet with Left Front officials.
By Alejandro López, 21 May 2012
The latest available statistics on bank deposits show that €50 billion have left Spain since January last year.
By Christoph Dreier and Peter Schwarz, 19 May 2012
Syriza’s goal is not the socialist transformation of society, but creating better conditions for the upper middle class and sections of the Greek bourgeoisie.