Special Edition on Greece
Discussion Bulletin – Special Edition on Greece
No. 24 September 2015
The SEARCH Committee has produced this special edition of the Discussion Bulletin on the recent events in Greece to provide background information and analysis for our members. Adam Rorris, a Greek-Australian SEARCH member active in the Australia-Greece Solidarity Campaign, has assisted us by providing some of the articles, especially those requiring translation from Greek. Adam has also provided an Overview article.
Interpreting a Crisis – Greece and Europe in 2015
By Adam Rorris
Confusion, a memorandum for renewed austerity, elections and the split of SYRIZA as the grand political coalition of the left forces. All in the space of one brief, mad, volcanic summer. The Greek political crisis has entered its next phase. After a gruelling six months of negotiations with an intransigent set of partners, it all came to an inglorious stop. What followed is a rapid cascade of political aftershocks.
It is important to begin to understand the predicament of the Greek people. Within the soft and hard walls of the advanced capitalism zone, the Greek government attempted to disrupt the established order of Europe. The implications of that attempt and its defeat in battle are worth pondering. Of course this is a ‘live event’ – it is history in free flow and the war still rages but on a different terrain. Who knows what the situation will be by the time you are reading this. What is very clear is that the “battle for Greece” will have far reaching effects across Europe and probably further afield. But in order to better understand what is yet to come, we can begin with some perspectives on what has been.