The rise of Europe’s new Left. By Bryan Evans

Germany’s sickly economy | Europe’s World.

Juncker urged to revive ‘Social Europe’ model. by Benjamin Fox   The ‘Social Europe’ model must be revived if the EU is to avoid lumbering itself with low social mobility and other economic millstones, according to a report published Monday (23 February) by Brussels-based think-tank Friends of Europe. The ‘Unequal Europe’ report is the product […]

Varoufakis Keeps Greece in the Eurozone, by its Fingernails  » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names. Mike Whitney It’s not easy to negotiate with a gun to your head.  Nevertheless, that’s the situation Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis found himself in on Friday preceding a crucial meeting with the Eurogroup. According to one report, the objective of the last-ditch confab  […]

Originally posted on The Greek Analyst:
Earlier today, Costas Lapavitsas, Professor of Economics at SOAS and influential MP of Syriza, wrote a scathing letter in his blog addressed towards his entire party. Lapavitsas, who belongs in Syriza’s hardliners, says some extremely interesting things. Following Manolis Glezos, John Milios, Sofia Sakorafa (and Mikis Theodorakis!), who have already expressed their…

Is a socialist EU possible via left-wing populist parties such as Syriza, Podemos and the HDP? | openDemocracy.

Reading The Greek Deal Correctly. James K. Galbraith On Friday as news of the Brussels deal came through, Germany claimed victory and it is no surprise that most of the working press bought the claim. They have high authorities to quote and to rely on. Thus from London The Independent reported: several analysts agreed that […]

The Trouble with Dijsselbloem | Jacobin. by Pepijn Brandon Ever since his infamous half-handshake with Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister and temporary chair of the eurogroup, has been the target of justified scorn. But with the Greek government blackmailed into submission yesterday, he is now enjoying his finest moment. […]

How Greece Got Outmaneuvered – The New Yorker. By John Cassidy To the surprise of nobody except a few alarmists, the finance ministers of the European Union reached a deal with Greece on Friday, extending the country’s existing bailout until the early summer. Greece’s new left-wing Syriza government had been telling everyone for weeks that […]

Greek Bailout Extension Deal Represents a “Significant Retreat” by the European Authorities, CEPR Co-Director Says | Press Releases. Washington, D.C.- A deal reached between the Greek government and European authorities represents a “significant retreat” by the so-called troika and “shows that their austerity program, which has failed miserably, is no longer politically enforceable,” Center for […]

Philip Inman – The Guardian The rightwing orthodoxy that dominates thinking in Brussels has asserted itself over the hapless Greeks. A deal that allows the eurozone policymakers, the International Monetary Fund and the government of Athens to keep talking next week is the first stage in a clampdown on anti-austerity sentiment. Eurozone chiefs strike deal […]

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Germany’s New Far Right | Jacobin. by Anthony Fano Fernandez The gap between ideology and reality could not be any more jarring: according to a European Center for Economic Research study made public in November, immigrants contribute a net plus to Germany’s welfare and social security systems. The report’s author, economist Holger Bonin, demonstrates that […]

Originally posted on Revolting Europe:
By Vicente Clavero* Three years ago the Spanish government of Mariano Rajoy pushed through its labour reform against despite big opposition. Most of the parliamentary groups and social forces rejected it, to no avail; well founded warnings about possible consequences were ignored too. The absolute parliamentary majority of the Popular…

Is Syriza Retreating? | Jacobin. Stathis Kouvelakis To use a worn-out cliché, “the times are critical.” In fact, they are more than just that: we are at the edge of a crucial temporal sequence. The whole endeavor of a Syriza government will be judged by its reaction to the unprecedented blackmail and ultimatums it is […]

Syriza Holds Its Ground | Jacobin. As the media and the Athens stock market (down 4 percent yesterday) had widely expected, yesterday’s finance ministers’ meeting ended in failure, perhaps even a momentous one. The tone of the Greek government’s official communiqué, which the whole media were quick to pick up on, was very tough indeed: […]

The pro-worker, pro-growth experiment in Greece is under threat | Senator Bernie Sanders | Comment is free | The Guardian. While the wealthiest 85 individuals on the planet own more wealth than the bottom half of the world’s population – and when the top 1% will soon own more wealth than the bottom 99% – […]

Germany faces impossible choice as Greek austerity revolt spreads – Telegraph.   By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard The political centre across southern Europe is disintegrating. Establishment parties of centre-left and centre-right – La Casta, as they say in Spain – have successively immolated themselves enforcing EMU debt-deflation. Spain’s neo-Bolivarian Podemos party refuses to fade. It has endured […]

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