European Spring? Hope for the US?

Picture of Syriza election rally

The resounding electoral victory of the Radical Coalition of the Left (SYRIZA) in Greece on January 25th may mark the beginning of important changes in Europe. SYRIZA has won 36.3% of the vote and 149 seats in the 300-member Parliament, defeating the right-wing New Democracy Party of incumbent Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. SYRIZA quickly formed …

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Austerity = Dramatic Rise of Radicalism in Greece

Protesters in Greece 2012

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN Though the front-page headline of last Monday’s Arizona Republic confidently proclaimed that “Pro-bailout conservatives win Greek election,” the reality of last week’s election was far more complicated. The election, in fact, seemed to confirm that the extreme austerity program that has been imposed on Greece by the European Union, the International Monetary …

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