News from 01/2015

27 January 2015

Alexis Tsipras - Man of the Moment

Following Sunday’s nationwide ballot, the populist leftwing party Syriza won 149 seats in the 300-seat Greek parliament on a 36.3% share of the vote.   In order to form a working majority, Syriza has agreed to work with the populist rightwing party Independent Greeks, who have 13 seats.



25 January 2015

“History is knocking at our door,”  Alexis Tsipras

Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras said his party would restore "dignity" to Greece. He wants to renegotiate Greece's debt and end the austerity measures imposed by an international bailout.

The Greek Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras said that despite years of austerity, the country was showing signs of recovery.


18 January 2015

Popular Syriza party close to victory in Greek election

Costas Lapavitsas, an economics professor at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, believes a confrontation is looming between a Syriza government and the EU and consequently Syriza desperately needs solidarity.  A Syriza government could spur on other anti-austerity forces across the continent. It is conceivable that Podemos could assume power in Spain later in 2015.


17 January 2015

The Syriza led by Alexis Tsipras is still around 3% ahead of New Democracy led by Antonis Samaras

According to the opinion polls and with only a week to go before the Greek election on 25 January 2015, the far-left party: Syriza is still at least 3% ahead of the centre right party: New Democracy led by Antonis Samaras . However indications show that Syriza does not want to withdraw from the Euro and polls reveal that almost three quarters of voters believe Greece should stay in the Euro, even if it entails further sacrifice.  The question is how can this be achieved?


14 January 2015

Alexis Tsipras or Antonis Samaras?

Polls suggest leader of radical left Syriza party still has the edge over country’s prime minister in runup to 25 January election.


12 January 2015

Massive crowds gather in Paris

More than 40 world leaders joined the start of the Paris march, linking arms in an act of solidarity.

The marchers wanted to demonstrate unity after the attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, police officers, and a kosher supermarket.