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Two Articles on the Crisis in Greece

The major winner in the May 6 elections in Greece was a party that has the acronym Syriza, from the Greek words for “Party of the Radical Left.” Syriza won because of its rejection of the austerity program imposed on Greece by the leaders of the European Union, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. The election results were such that no party or group of parties could form a government, and new elections will be held in Greece around mid-June. Opinion polls indicate that Syriza’s vote may now increase from 16 percent to 27 percent, and it may even be able to form a government that rejects the austerity program and fights for a change of the pro-austerity policies of the European Union. Syriza looks to allies on the left and in the mass movements throughout Europe. We reprint an interview with an elected Syriza representative, a woman who was jailed under the military dictatorship in the 1960s or ’70s for being a “Communist.” Although this interview is from a bourgeois newspaper, it sheds light on the radical sources of Syriza’s rocket-like rise. The other article, also by a Syriza representative, is reprinted from a Canadian socialist website—The Editors, Labor Standard