Germany: Has the Tide Turned Against Pegida?

Germany Far RightPublished: 25 Jan 2015
Author: Dan Armstrong
Intro by: TSN Editor

In recent weeks a series of right-wing populist demonstrations under the label of Pegida have taken place across Germany. Starting first in the far East of Germany the protest marches then spread to other cities reviving fears of a revival of fascist ideas caused by the Euro-wide crisis. However, as this report from Germany shows, the momentum of the movement has faltered.

The expected rift in the anti-immigration movement in Germany began or became visible yesterday. After a concerted series of very large and determined counter-demonstrations and a media onslaught, the numbers attending the Pegida rally in Leipzig (called Legida) signalled a peeling off of thousands of looser supporters, possibly appalled by the growing virulence of some of the leaders. As reported in the press, the main spokesman Bachmann threw in the towel after his selfie posing as Hitler went viral on the net. His co-organisers, including Kathrin Oertel who I wrote about elsewhere, closed ranks against the damaging leader whose views most marchers would reject and find offensive.

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Greece: Syriza, the Economists and the Impossible Triangle

3ED2-ECB-EuclidTsakalotosPublished: 23 Jan 2015
Author: Michael Roberts

All the polls show that the leftist Syriza alliance is set to win the general election in Greece next Sunday.  It may not get an outright majority and may have to form a coalition with one of the small centre parties.  But it looks most likely that the incumbent coalition of Samaras? conservative New Democracy and the degenerated social-democrat PASOK will lose power.

Financial markets are getting worried and Greek government bonds have dropped sharply in price as investors fear a default.  Greek banks are losing deposits as Greek corporations and the rich (or at least those that have not already done so) shift their euros overseas.  Three banks are now asking for what is called Emergency Liquidity Assistance (ELA) from the Greek central bank (in effect, liquid funds from the Eurosystem controlled by the European Central Bank).

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Video: What Attitude should Socialists take towards the State?

Published: 7 January 2015
Intro: by the TSN Editor
Recorded and Edited: by Tim Horvath

At the last Conference of The Socialist Network held in Bratislava in October 2014, we had a session on the subject of how socialists should approach the question of the State. The discussion was introduced by our then Coordinator, Jonathan Clyne.

Opinion: What are the Possible Outcomes of the Greek Elections and their Likely Consequences?

syriza3Published: 6 January 2015
Source: Red Pepper
Intro: by TSN Editor

Following the failure of the Greek parliament to elect a President, the parliament has been dissolved and a fresh election will be held later this month. This election promises to be the most important in Europe since the economic crisis of 2008-9 and the austerity programme of cuts in public services and living standards imposed by the European Union on Greece and the rest of Europe. For the first time there is the possibility that an anti-austerity party, the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), will be the leading party in the Greek elections. But will this be enough for Syriza to become the government and if so what will be the consequences? The following article which discusses these issues was recently published in the British Left-wing magazine, Red Pepper.

If Syriza wins the Greek election, what will happen next?
With Greece facing a snap general election on 25 January 2015, there is the genuine prospect of a radical left government coming to power in an EU country. Syriza, a party born from a coalition of Eurocommunists, social movements and anti-globalisation activists, is riding high.

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