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The Swedish model up in flames

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The Swedish model up in flames

Sweden has been for a long time the model state of social benefits, social equality and tolerance. An example that the Greek political leaders never failed to use, either. Stockholm is one of the richest capitals in Europe. And yet last week its suburbs rocked by riots reminiscent of the French suburbs. The youth of [...]

May 26, 2013 Author: Katerina Stavroula

Greetings from the Athenian democracy

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Greetings from the Athenian democracy

Over the final few months of 2012, Greek mainstream media have ceased reporting on the neo-Nazi attacks on migrant communities which have blighted Athens for over a year now. Yet in mid-January 2013 one attack did warrant the media’s attention: In the Petralona district of Athens, two Greek men on a motorbike stabbed a Pakistani [...]

February 14, 2013 Author: Dimitris Dalakoglou

Greece: The timeline of a revolution, 2008-2012

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Greece: The timeline of a revolution, 2008-2012

It all begins in 2008. The crisis has broken out in Europe but it seemed at the time as if it wasn’t concerning Greece… On December 6th 2008 at Exarchia a policeman raises his gun and kills in cold blood the 15 year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos. The news spread through the city and within a [...]

November 27, 2012 Author: Anna Papoutsi

Greece: 153 “Yes”, thousands of “No”

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Greece: 153 “Yes”, thousands of “No”

Early in the evening of Monday 5th of November, the Ministry of Finance finally submitted the much-anticipated bill. One single article, 216 pages! In an unprecedented move that totally undermined the democratic processes, the MPs were called to study, discuss and vote on it in less than 48 hours’ time. [...]

November 7, 2012 Author: Yannis Christodoulou

“Democracy” in the time of… austerity

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“Democracy” in the time of… austerity

I have spent many hours arguing to friends and comrades why I do not believe that we are governed by a “junta”, because these comparisons do more harm than good; because the situation is disappointing but it is not a “junta”. The truth is that lately I am less and less willing to do that. [...]

November 4, 2012 Author: Stratis Mpournazos

Chalkidiki: Brutal repression at demonstration against gold-mining industry in Skouries

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Chalkidiki: Brutal repression at demonstration against gold-mining industry in Skouries

“Police wanted to kill us”. That was the common feeling among the residents of Chalkidiki who protested on Sunday the 21st of October at Skouries. The mountains of Chalkidiki are soon to be turned into mines by the Canadian multinational company Eldorado Gold. Citizens that gathered to protest in peace against the plans that are [...]

October 23, 2012 Author: S. Poulimeni

Greece: General strike – Rehearsal or final performance?

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Greece: General strike – Rehearsal or final performance?

In the face of €9 billion cuts in salaries, pensions and benefits and €3 billion more in new taxes, the country’s Unions called for a 24Hour general strike and demonstration. It was exactly what we expected it to be; quite massive but numb at first, some riots towards the end and heavy police crackdown. [...]

September 27, 2012 Author: Anna Papoutsi

Spain: The deeper the crisis, the more the repression

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Spain: The deeper the crisis, the more the repression

“Allow me to show here, in New York, my recognition for the majority of the Spanish people who do not demonstrate, do not come out on the front pages, and do not watch the newscasts”. With these words, the Spanish President Mariano Rajoy, greeted the demonstration of September 25 that turned Madrid into a battlefield. [...]

September 27, 2012 Author: Sofia Tipaldou