This week's editor

Ray Filar

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

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Why does Germany insist on a failed programme for Greece?

The elephant in the recent Eurogroup meeting room was Greece's 2010 failed structural readjustment programme, admonished by Yanis Varoufakis as 'fiscal waterboarding'. Why does Germany persist in defending it?

Greece and the eurogroup: capitulation or breaching austerity's dam?

George Papandreou cancelling his referendum was a capitulation. Tsipras and Varoufakis achieving new space and flexibility and four months to achieve a genuinely new approach was quite an achievement.

Syriza's limited options

Unless Syriza changes its rhetoric now and unless it explains the facts about the EU and the economy, it will be incapable of justifying any of these decisions to its voters several months down the line.

Should we worry about Syriza’s new nationalist rhetoric?

In the lead up to the election, and especially since forming a coalition with the Independent Greeks, Syriza's rhetoric has adopted an increasingly nationalistic tone. What does this mean for discourse in Greece and anti-austerity politics in Europe?

Is a socialist EU possible via left-wing populist parties such as Syriza, Podemos and the HDP?

Syriza still needs to build a strong hegemonic culture to include the non-leftist progressive movement and to expand the bloc beyond class politics to gain the consent of society at large.

Challenging the red lines of Greece

Yanis Varoufakis has said that he does not intend to back down from his rather high “red lines”. European leaders, and especially German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble, are currently exploring just how true that is.

The Varoufakis game is not chicken

The FT thinks Greece is playing chicken. In fact, it's in a dominant position.

Syriza and the rise of a radical left in Europe: solidarity is the keyword

The key protagonist in channelling bottom-up solidarity proved to be – not for the first time in Greece’s history - the institution of the extended family.

Not so strange ideological bedfellows: Syriza and the Independent Greeks

As the European Commission sets the limits of economic policy all over Europe, it becomes increasingly difficult to think of economic issues independent of the question of EU integration.

Greece's migration policy: what's next?

The election of Syriza brings hope to those who have been fighting for an ethical migration policy in one of Europe's least immigrant-friendly states.

False dilemmas: a critical guide to the Greek debt crisis

Amongst all the cacophony, it is important to look back at the bailouts. All but approximately 11% of the bailout money has ended up in creditors' pockets.

The gardener, the grapes and the thorns: the backbone of Europe's future

Populism is now in an orbit of frontal collision with European and national institutions of democracy as developed today, demanding a reinvigoration of 'popular sovereignty.'

“Primero, tomaremos Atenas; luego, tomaremos Madrid”

El objetivo principal de Podemos es aglutinar una amplia mayoría, lo que en la práctica significa poner en pie un partido de clases medias que deje atrás el eje Derecha/Izquierda y ocupe la centralidad política. English.

The convergence of divergence? Youth radicalization in Hungary, Bulgaria, and Greece

What separates youth radicalization in Greece from other European countries such as Hungary and Bulgaria?

Syriza: the Greek spring

The 2015 Greek elections mark the beginning of the end of a cycle that started in 1989 with the fall of the Berlin Wall. We are now witnessing the end of the "end of history" metanarrative.

An open letter to Dimitri Sevastakis, the newly elected Syriza MP for Samos

We cannot just sit back and wait for the government to act for us – any government. We believe that nothing will change unless the people as a whole are engaged, involved and united.

Who is afraid of Syriza?

If Syriza’s government is crushed by financial markets it would be hard to argue that democracy is still able to control capitalism. 

The balkanisation of Greece’s centre-left politics

Greece’s Pasok centre-left, one of the most prominent parties in post-1980 Europe is now a pale shadow of itself and a marginal presence in the continent’s social democracy. 

Can Syriza break Merkel's popularity and reanimate the German left?

Contrary to popular perception, not all of Germany is behind Merkel's hardline towards Greece. Can the victory of Syriza challenge the "no alternative" dogma and galvanize the German left?

“First we take Athens, then we take Madrid”

The primary goal of Podemos is to marshal an ample majority, which means in practice to build a middle-class party, and to give up the traditional Left/Right axis for a position of centrality. Español.

Not so strange bedfellows: making sense of the coalition between Syriza and the Independent Greeks

How do we make sense of the seemingly incongruous coalition between Syriza and the Independent Greeks?

Yanis Varoufakis: cometh the man?

A look at Yanis Varoufakis's journey from maverick economist to Greece's finance minister - as told through his contributions to openDemocracy.

Greece and the unlearned lesson of 1990

The EU might have predicted Syriza's overwhelming victory. After all, wasn't this the great unlearned lesson from the experience of east-central Europe over the last 25 years?

Podemos’ March for Change

Today’s show of mass support and the clear affection people in the crowd have for him will undoubtedly give Iglesias a much needed boost.

University in Greece: the cradle of politics

Like many prominent Greek politicians, Alexis Tsipras cut his teeth as a student politician in the intense and fascinating world of Greek university politics.

Syriza: The radical left's Greek Spring?

Will Syriza's victory lead to a 'radical left' Spring across Europe, or are such reactions premature?

From Athens to Kobane, winds fill Kurdish sails

Could Greece, through democratic elections, become for Turkey what Tunisia became for Egypt in 2011 through mass protests?

The Collectivist, debt colonialism and the real Alexis Tsipras

As the new government’s statement on Mariupol reveals, Greece will leverage its position along a geopolitical fault-line to maximise its bargaining power. 

Putin’s 'useless idiots' or signs of a deeper pathology? Russophilia and national populism in Greece

A number of ministers in the new Greek government have already been criticised by European commentators for their supposedly pro-Russian views. What explains this unique strain of Russophilia among the Greek radical left?

The other, dark winner of the Greek elections

Why is nobody talking about Golden Dawn coming a sensational third in the Greek elections?

Why the Irish political elite is terrified of Syriza

The Irish political elite is deeply invested in an essentially religious narrative: Ireland sinned, Ireland confessed, Ireland did penance, Ireland has been forgiven, Ireland will be rewarded. If Syriza's strategy in Greece succeeds, this will be exposed as a folly.

The winds are changing: a new left populism for Europe

The unprecedented presence of international media, solidarity delegations and representatives of socialist and leftish parties in Athens signalled that Syriza’s triumph was something more than just another electoral victory. 

Carry on Sisyphus: short answers on Greece’s post-electoral politics

Perhaps paradoxically, Greece’s real problem is primarily political, not economic, and its name is “populism.”

What 'austerity' has done to Greek healthcare

The shocking 'austerity'-imposed destruction of Greece's once proud healthcare system is a key reason Greeks have turned to Syriza, finds London GP Louise Irvine in an eye witness account. 

Syriza win – hope for Greece and Europe?

Though the challenges they face are immense, Syriza have brought some much needed hope back to Greece - and even to the European Union.

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