Leftist-conservative coalition, new Greek government

This video says about itself:

Greece: Syriza forms anti-bailout coalition government

26 January 2015

Fresh from his Syriza party’s crushing victory at Sunday’s polls in Greece, left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras has struck a deal to govern with a fellow anti-bailout party – the right wing Independent Greeks.

Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras was sworn in today, comfortable in the support of the right-wing party — which has attracted the tag of “Greece’s answer to Ukip” by some commentators. The right-wing party said it would back the Mr Tsipras as next prime minister after he fell just two MPs short of an overall majority after Syriza received its 50-seat top up for winning the most votes: here.

Many people both in Greece, and in many other countries, are happy; and hope that this verdict by the Greek electorate will start a movement to a better society, both in Greece and in other, especially European, countries.

Spanish Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias on Syriza and the struggle for a better Europe: here.

The Dutch Socialist Party writes:

26 Jan 2015: With Syriza’s inspiring victory, hope has won over despair. In Greece, but also in the rest of Europe.

The Green Party in England and Wales writes:

26 January 2015

GREEN Party MEPs Keith Taylor and Molly Scott Cato have issued a joint statement this morning after Syriza won yesterday’s General Election in Greece.

The Greek Ecologist Green Party, part of the European Green Party, took part in a joint election campaign with Syriza, which now sees them join a left coalition government in Greece.

In a joint statement issued this morning by Keith Taylor Green MEP for South East England and Molly Scott Cato Green MEP for South West England, they said:

“The result of the Greek elections has shown that the people of Greece have taken a strong stand against the politics of austerity. Greens share the view of the new government that austerity is a failed model which has piled misery on the poorest while making the wealthiest even richer. This result shows that challenging business as usual politics can win the support of the people.

In the UK we are witnessing a Green Surge, in no small part due to our anti-austerity agenda, and we hope the Greek election result marks the beginnings of ordinary people standing up to a discredited economic model and failing Governments across Europe.”

By Owen Jones in Britain:

Syriza’s victory: this is what the politics of hope looks like

The Greek election result is a historic watershed – and it’s middle-aged working-class women who have organised it

One stupid reaction from Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat junior partner in the British Conservative Cameron government:

Nick Clegg in 2010: ‘Cuts to turn UK into Greece’. In 2015: ‘Cuts saved UK from being Greece

Nick Clegg proves once again how short his memory is

Dutch Blairite minister Dijsselbloem basically says not the Greek voters, but the ‘financial markets’ (the richest 1%) should decide about the Greek economy: here.

The Jewish-Greek (pro-Zionist) Abranavel, the Blog writes:

The results of the Greek elections are in and it appears that the left party of Syriza has won. The following wants to serve as article which tries to reconcile  how the new government is both better and worse than the previous conservative government of Samaras which had included prominent antisemites and how a leftist anti-racist government can take as junior partners the far-right antisemitic party of Anexartiti Ellines (ANEL). … Syriza – and his [sic; its] predecessor Synaspismos – were consistently the least antisemitic political party in Greece.

The anarchist Workers Solidarity Movement in Ireland cautions against over-optimism about the election result. They base themselves on what happened in France during the Mitterrand presidency etc.

I also heard someone caution against over-optimism, mentioning the Obama presidency in the USA. Now, there are lots of differences between the big USA and small Greece, the Democratic party and SYRIZA, Obama and Tsipras, etc.

However, one thing the two did/do have in common was the link between mass movements in society (including enthusiasm in foreign countries) and electoral politics. Obama’s election slogan was not ‘Yes I can’, but ‘Yes we can’, alluding to that link. When presidential candidate Barack Obama spoke in Berlin, 200,000 people came to hear him. Unthinkable for any other United States (or German) politician in Germany.

When Obama was inaugurated as president in January 2009, it is estimated that almost 2 million people came to Washington, D.C. to celebrate. The biggest crowds of any presidential inauguration in United States history.

In September 2009, the link between the Obama administration and social movements showed signs of weakening, when environmental official Van Jones was dismissed. In 2012, Van Jones wrote about the weakening of that link.

However, now that the new administration in Greece has not even started its work yet, it is too early for definite, optimist or pessimist, predictions.

The economic crisis resulting from over half a decade of EU-IMF dictated austerity measures has forced hundreds of thousands of Greeks to leave the country in search of work and better prospects. More than 200,000 Greeks are estimated to have left the country in the past few years in the biggest wave of emigration since the Second World War: here.

Greece’s new anti-austerity government set on collision course with Brussels: here.

Alexis Tsipras pays homage to Greek communists at site of Nazi atrocity. Greece’s new prime minister lays red roses as a symbol of ‘liberty from German occupation’, says his Syriza party: here.

23 thoughts on “Leftist-conservative coalition, new Greek government

  1. Τhanks for the mention – I’d like to point out that even though Synaspismos was the least antisemitic, Syriza has joined the mainstream hate wagon and regularly employs antisemitic tropes.Tsipras also refused to condemn the frequent protests against Israel which typically end up blocking synagogues or defacing Shoah Memorials.

    Just a small additional detail: his (sic) junior partner is ripe with homophobia. Recently a parliamentarian got into a twitter fight denouncing the Europe-of-Fags getting the greek-educated prime minister of Luxemburg to respond to him.


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