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Ray Filar

Ray Filar is co-editor of Transformation and a freelance journalist.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Press conference: DiEM25 launched by Yanis Varoufakis and Srecko Horvat

The Democracy in Europe Movement 25 was launched by Yanis Varoufakis at the Volksbühne in Berlin on February 9. Here is a video of the press conference which preceded it.

Yanis Varoufakis, los orígenes de la crisis económica en Europa y en el mundo

acTVism Munich entrevista en este video a Yanis Varoufakis, el economista y político griego mundialmente conocido por su oposición a las políticas de austeridad de la Troika. English

Christmas on Lesvos – a man-made disaster

This former detention centre outside the port of Mytilini is possibly the only detention facility in the world that people are trying to get into.

Legal dehumanising: on the arrest of refugee solidarity activists

Greek anti-trafficking legislation, which applies to traffickers and solidarity-motivated volunteers alike, reflects the current trend in Europe: refugees are dehumanised and treated as objects to be managed by the state. 

An open letter to Yanis Varoufakis from the movements - and his reply

"Dear Yanis, a couple of weeks ago, you issued an invitation for the founding of a Pan-European movement against austerity. Since then, I’ve been thinking to respond to you about this in an open letter."

Syriza one year on: what happened to the radical left dream in Greece?

In the year since they came to power, Syriza have all but capitulated on their radical economic program. But what happened to other 'leftist' issues such as church-state relations, minority rights and the military?

Kyriakos Mitsotakis: a new leader with an old name

Why did New Democracy members choose the socially liberal son of a former prime minister as the leader of their party, and of the political opposition to Syriza?

The refugee question in Europe: 'south' vs 'east'

The refugee crisis has triggered a diplomatic row between Greece and certain 'new' member-states from Central and Eastern Europe. What does this tell us?

"A Gramscian party in a non-Gramscian world." An interview with Paul Mason

#ThisIsACoup, a four-part documentary series that sets out to ‘tell the story of how the European Union destroyed the first radical left government in modern history’, premiered on Tuesday. An interview.

Idomeni, Grécia – sem saída

O campo de refugiados de Idomeni foi, durante as últimas três semanas, o epicentro do conflito da entrada dos refugiados na Europa. A distinção feita na fronteira entre migrantes e refugiados fez a violência escalar. English

Idomeni, Greece – dead end

Idomeni refugee camp was,over the last three weeks, the epicentre of the refugee crisis in Europe. The growing violence in the camp arose from the closure of the border.  Português.

The Eurozone crisis and the future of Europe, as viewed from Greece

As new rulers (and their voters) gradually realize that austerity cannot be simply voted out of existence, or prosperity into existence, the prevailing mood is that of a bad hangover.

Boats in the night

"Even if we didn’t do a perfect job, we could do something together. It would be better than nothing and certainly better than the absence of support offered by our governments".

The will of Idomeni

The individuals stuck in Greece have begun a hunger strike, their determination challenging the arbitrary distinction between refugees and migrants. How long must they sit there?

You are the border, not us: Greek – Macedonia border

UNHCR, the leading UN refugee protection agency, is supporting the enforcement of border restrictions designed to implement a selective right to claim asylum based on nationality.

Border games and their pawns

Balkan borders dominoed shut last week, ostensibly to block ‘economic migrants’, and now only Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis may pass. Those trapped, however, have come too far to stay quiet.

When Greece and Germany saw eye to eye

A look at Helmut Schmidt's little known but pivotal role in bringing Greece into the European Economic Community in 1981.

The EU's nerve-wracking disconnect on surveillance

Each time an EU government is confronted with a threat to security, it nearly always plunges into knee-jerk reactions at the risk of undermining the very freedoms its officials claim to protect.

Late neoliberalism and its discontents

Social movements face 3 challenges: the symbolic challenge of constructing a new subject; the material challenge of mobilizing limited resources; and the strategic challenge of influencing a very closed political system. Español.

"One very simple, but radical, idea: to democratise Europe." An interview with Yanis Varoufakis

As he prepares to launch a new, pan-European movement for change, Yanis Varoufakis sits down with Can Europe make it? to discuss democracy in Europe, Brexit, and the other part of Plan X.

Why Jeremy Corbyn is not Alexis Tsipras

Those who think that Jeremy Corbyn could turn the Labour party into a British Syriza should think again.

Cyprus: oasis of peace in a sea of instablity

This is an excerpt from the regular briefing for the Friends of Cyprus in the UK .

¿Por qué no hay un Syriza en Portugal?

Al contrario que en Grecia o en España, en Portugal ni la crisis, ni las duras medidas de austeridad han supuesto cambios importantes en el sistema de partidos. ¿Por qué? English. Português.

Por que não há um Syriza em Portugal?

Ao contrário que na Grécia ou em Espanha, em Portugal a crise e as medidas de austeridade draconianas que lhe seguiram não provocaram mudanças importantes no sistema partidário. Por quê? English. Español.

Why is there no Syriza in Portugal?

Unlike in Greece or in Spain, in Portugal the dire crisis and steep austerity measures have not entailed important changes to the party system. Why? Português. Español

Islam and refugees: some observations from Samos

Refugees are entering a Europe that sees some of them as terrorists and Islamist extremists. The reality is that the vast number of refugees are victims of terrorism themselves.

Winter is coming!

With winter approaching, the journey that refugees face to reach Europe is becoming ever more dangerous. Why are they being denied safe passage and what can be done to help?

Anti-consumption in crisis

The film is about Skoros, a Greek anti-consumerist collective, solidarity/ies, and the joys of doing things differently.

Populist hegemony in Greece

The electoral victory of Tsipras over his political opponents signifies the triumph of energetic populism over docile liberalism.

Greece, when the social movements are all that is left

Skyrocketing abstention, social demobilization and an impending wave of harsh austerity measures call for critical reflection after Syriza’s victory.

Greece, the breach remains open

"Whatever SYRIZA’s failings may be, they reflect the failings of the entire European left, of each and every one of us." 

Greek elections: a bail-in vote in search of political capital

Tsipras and his party may win on the ticket of softening austerity. But their highest playing card is the fear that Syriza's defeat will restore the old regime. 

Fragmented we fight: what’s Left in Greece in 2015?

The openings produced by the Syriza phenomenon have been closed by Syriza itself. What, then, is the current state of the Greek political left with yet another national vote pending? 

Why I am standing as a candidate for To Potami in the upcoming Greek election

To Potami is a new party running on a budget many times smaller than that of its rivals. Its voice, however, is increasingly being heard and its support keeps growing. 

Hope, power and delusion

Jeremy Corbyn has won the race for leadership of the Labour party. But Greek and Spanish activists advise against placing too much faith in political parties.

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