Greece, Syriza and Alexis Tsipras – all you’ve ever wanted to know but . . .. .

Just one week to go to the Greek General Election

Why’s it important?

Because Syriza may come to power  – the first ever  radical left-wing party to form a Greek government

What is Syriza?

It’s a Greek political party. Its name is an acronym of its full title: Coalition of the Radical Left.

Who’s its leader?

tsipras

40 year old Alexis Tsipras

What’re its aims?

Syriza’s first priority is to act in the best interests of the Greek people. It is committed to lowering the enormous tax burden and to boosting public investment in an effort to accelerate growth.

How?

1) by  achieving a substantial write-off of Greek debt and,

2)  lifting austerity.

pipe dream

No, listen. Syriza is proposing a European Debt Conference – similar to the one held for Germany after World War II. They are putting forward  a  feasible and progressive set of proposals to deal with the debt crisis in Europe.  Their  implementation would be a major boost to Irish and Eurozone growth, employment and poverty reduction.

 Ms Merkel and her allies are going to support that!!!

what part no

stubb

Finnish Prime Minister Alex Stubb made it clear that Finland would not accept a writedown of Greek debt and stressed that the new government should not expect to be offered one.

wolfgang schauble

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said that whoever assumed power would have to respect agreements signed by those in office before.

The tough reforms are bearing fruit and there is no alternative to them,”

Comments: Fruit= 3.000,000 Greeks living in poverty

 There are always alternatives

Someone who tells you there is no alternative (except what s/he wants you to do) is quite simply a liar.

The question is, are we going to religiously stick to the rules even if they are wrong and damage us, or the path that says ‘do whatever it takes to save our common home’, the EU, and more importantly our society, our people.

What’s life like in Greece today?

austerity not working

The Greek  GDP is – 25%,

unemployment + 25%,

real wages – 30%

industrial output – 35%.

greece

The human cost has been immeasurable, amounting to a silent humanitarian crisis.

*Homelessness has rocketed,

*Primary healthcare has collapsed,

*Soup kitchens have multiplied

* Child mortality has increased.

*Over 25% Greeks (+3,000,000) live on, or below, the poverty line.

Tsipras likened the Troika’s measures to “fiscal waterboarding”.

 

What’ll happen if Syriza wins?

They’ll implement their manifesto. You can read all about what they intend doing here

http://links.org.au/node/4209

Briefly, it will reconnect families to the electricity network, provide food relief and shelter the homeless. It will take immediate action to reduce unemployment through public programmes and pull out of NATO and all its campaigns

If Greece’s euro partners cooperate, fine. If not, then Tsipris will  act unilaterally, especially if Syriza has a large majority.

 

What  effects will a Syriza victory have on the EU?

It will bring into question the sustainability of unpopular austerity programmes in other eurozone countries.

It will create a paradigm of resistance that will give example to the other countries of the European south and periphery.

tsipras

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/video/2013/mar/19/alexis-tsipras-syriza-greece-video-interview

If we don’t manage to create a wave in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and also the United Kingdom, to change Europe it will be a very difficult future for us. So that’s our aim – to create an enormous wave of change in Europe. –

Is Tsipras talking about an anti-austerity domino effect?

podmos

Yes. Take Spain for example. With Podemos topping polls,

elpais podemos

a coalition with the PSOE (Socialist Party of Spain) looks  really likely after  Spain’s  triple elections ( local, regional and a general election) this year .  Podemos has taken a similar position as Syriza on addressing Eurozone and Spanish debt.

irish tricolour

And then there’s Ireland.  We’ll have an election by early 2016 at the latest.

At present Sinn Fein is  the second biggest party with 21% of votes.

Fine Gael = 26%

Labour = 8% .

Fianna Fail = 18%

Sinn Fein is a close ally of Syriza In a 2 day visit to Ireland in March 2014

tsip and gerry

Tsipras met Gerry Adams and representatives of Sinn Féin leadership,

Two months later he called for the ‘immediate and unconditional release of Gerry Adams’ after his arrest in the Jean Mc Conville murder investigation.

Comments:   Greeks have suffered far, far too much under the EU austerity régime.   

Ordinary people in Europe appear to have a lot to gain  and little to lose (except unending austerity) if Syriza races to victory in Greece next week

 

 

 

http://links.org.au/node/2888

http://www.thetoc.gr/eng/politics/article/syrizas-tsipras-met-sinn-fein-president-gerry-adams-in-dublin

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite3_1_18/01/2015_546308

http://www.etuc.org/press/austerity-illegal-european-trade-unions-demand-change-policy-troika-acts-against-eu-law-and#.VLvVSUeG9s0

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/346678

http://blogs.ft.com/the-world/2014/05/the-podemos-earthquake-could-spell-real-reform-in-spain/

http://blogs.channel4.com/paul-mason-blog/alexis-tsipras-debt-relief-elgin-marbles-2/2861#sthash.QxT1JINp.dpuf

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/greece-elections-2015-why-alexis-tsipras-his-far-left-syriza-party-are-threat-eurozone-1481243

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/29/syriza-leading-polls-future-begun-alexis-tsipras-greece

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/29/syriza-greece-austerity-eu

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/17/greek-elections-syriza-europe-eurozone-alexis-tsipras

http://www.irishleftreview.org/2013/03/25/tsipras-london-europe-field-class-fight/#sthash.B2bgWqzZ.dpuf

http://www.irishleftreview.org/2015/01/13/syriza-irelands-eurozones-rescue/#sthash.LU23ijzp.dpuf

https://www.thespainreport.com/12196/poll-podemos-now-leading-force-spanish-politics-governing-popular-party-slumps-third-place/

http://4bitnews.com/europe/greek-bank-run-spreads-largest-banks-ecb-forced-step/

http://www.enetenglish.gr/?i=news.en.article&id=1896

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