By Alex Young
Since Syriza’s victory in the Greek elections debt is back on the international agenda. The historic election and actions of the new government since have huge implications for domestic politics in Greece, and with a stated political ambition to change Europe their impact on debt could go much further.
Talks today amongst Eurozone ministers are underway but no one is expecting an agreement today1. With many officials hesistant about change the meeting a second meeting is expected later this week. Germany’s Wolfgang Schäuble announced that he feels “sorry for the Greeks at the moment. They’ve elected a government which is currently acting irresponsibly”, but how irresponsible are Syriza in their demand for change? Greece has struggled since strict austerity measures were imposed in 2010 by its European creditors in exchange for bailout funding. Syriza’s election success illustrates the Greek people’s protest against this austerity, so how will this rejection translate into action as the talks progress?
Here’s a round up some of the interesting discussions on the topic so far and some more background on the Greek crisis:
– Jubilee Debt Campaign outline 6 important points about Greece’s debt
– 5 things to know about the Greek elections from New Internationalist
– A brief outline on today’s meetings from the BBC
– The mood of Greece’s new prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, as he entered into talks today
– Analysis of some of the political waves this is causing across Europe
– Why Syriza is important for Scotland
– A word from Greece’s new Finance Minister:
– For more background on the whole Eurozone crisis and the strategies at play see this report from Corporate Watch
And to take action on this issue see Jubilee Debt Campaign’s newly launched campaign calling on George Osborne to support Greece’s call for debt renegotiation!