In a September post on the Social Europe website, Syriza MEP Dimitris Papadimoulis claimed that Greece is now ‘exiting the crisis.’ To support his claim, he cites data suggesting that investment is ‘back on track’, exports have risen 18% – the highest rate since 2001 – and that unemployment has fallen to 21%, down from … More Precarious Employment and Working Poverty in ‘Post-Crisis’ Greece
For the Greek economist, the single currency has simply allowed Berlin to dominate the European market and to become a global exporter country: “The Euro was a disaster”. And on Greece he adds: “Syriza shows us what we should not do and how we should not organize ourselves. Those who want to change things from […] … More “Syriza has failed.”
Giles Tremlett for the Guardian In his restaurant overlooking the Med at Mataró, a few miles north of Barcelona, Ricard Jornet declares himself an insumiso, a rebel who refuses to obey government demands to pay a so-called “tax on sunshine” for an award-winning solar power installation that allows his business to function almost exclusively off … More Spain’s left must unite to steer country on road to recovery
By Gabriele Piazza and Martin Myant of the European Trade Union Institute In June 2012 Italy introduced a package of labour-market reforms. One particularly controversial measure was a change to Article 18 of the 1970 Workers’ Statute which had given employees found to have been unfairly dismissed the right to reinstatement. From then on it was … More The Results of Italy’s 2012 Labour Market Reforms: No Solution to Unemployment
A few charts from the Eurofound website provides an insightful glimpse into the conditions of workers in Greece in the context of austerity. The first chart, taken from Eurofound, demonstrates the trajectory of labour costs and labour productivity in Greece up to and during the crisis. The data indicates a significant divergence of labour costs … More Some Charts on the Conditions of Labour in Greece
Source: Is Portugal a poster child for austerity?
An interesting array of candidates for prime minister. Source: 9 faces to watch in Portugal’s election – POLITICO
By Hugo Coelho for the New Statesman – Antonia Costa’s socialists face an unpalatable choice: grand coalition with the right, or cohabitation with die-hard communists on the left. Source: In Portugal, the Left is caught between two extremes
Dutch economist Maarten Verwey has unprecedented powers as his taskforce oversees the implementation of Greece’s cash-for-reforms rescue package Source: Eurozone’s enforcer ready to keep Greece’s new leader in line | World news | The Guardian
Cracks in the Deal? | Jacobin.
After Greece and Spain, the rise of anti-austerity in Ireland.
The Alternative to Austerity | Jacobin.
Spain’s politicians distance themselves from euro crisis: ‘This isn’t Greece’ | World news | The Guardian.
Europeans tried to block IMF debt report on Greece, say sources | Business | ekathimerini.com.
Europe Stands in Solidarity with Massive OXI (No) Vote Rally in Athens Greece.
IMF: austerity measures would still leave Greece with unsustainable debt | World news | The Guardian.
This referendum is a fight between the Greeks and Europe’s cruel capitalism | Aditya Chakrabortty | Comment is free | The Guardian.
Greece in chaos: will Syriza’s last desperate gamble pay off? | World news | The Guardian.