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February 24, 2015

Syriza and the eurogroup agreement Andrew Taylor 02 24 15

For those starry-eyed idealists who represented Syriza's victory as "revolutionary" or "a new dawn" for Greece the Tsipras governments' agreement with Euro-group finance ministers is a bitter wake-up call . Lessons must be taken on the capacity of social-democracy to enact fundamental change against the dictate of Capital..

As the Communist Party of Ireland has stated in response to the Syriza accord with European Capital:

"One of the lessons [learned] must be that the treaties governing the European Union have in effect outlawed not only a radical people-centred solution but have effectually outlawed even tame Keynesian policies, and that the controlling forces are determined to solve the crisis of capitalism at the expense of the working people.

A second thing is clear: that people can vote at the national level for whoever they like, but this is not decisive, as the European Union will impose TINA (“There is no alternative”) and the economic and political straitjacket of what is in the interests of capitalism."

For those of us who recognised the limitations of Syriza's programme and class-base but yet hoped against hope that a failed re-negotiation of the Debt would not provoke mass despair and the rise of Greek and European reaction, the new accord's astonished reception/dismissal by leading Syriza members points to grave political instability ahead.

Syriza has agreed to “refrain from any rollback of measures and unilateral changes to the policies and structural reforms” previously agreed to by ND and PASOK administrations. PASOK and the other centrist parties point out that Syriza is continuing their policies of austerity with some domestic concessions.

The small and relatively peripheral marxist and 'communist' fractions within Syriza were hit the hardest by the Syriza accord with the Euro-group Finance ministers.

Whither Greece in light of the apparent inability of Syriza to halt the continuance of Austerity's exactions on its own?

Will part of that section of the working class which voted for Syriza party now turn to the KKE (Communist Party of Greece) which predicted the failure of any intra-EU-NATO 'solution'?
Will the wavering "middle class" continue supporting the recently elected party in hopes of igniting a Europe-wide revolt against the Troika ? The answer to these questions is vital: without the mass uprising of the peoples of the hardest-hit EU nations against the troika cutbacks, the Syriza anti-austerity project cannot succeed. And that will affect us all.

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