On January 25, voters in Greece issued a clear rebuff to the
anti-worker policies of privatization and austerity that
have left the country with a 25 percent unemployment rate
and a shredded social safety net. The left wing SYRIZA party
won 149 seats and has formed a government headed by Alexis
Tsipras. The new government has moved fast to undo the
damage that has been imposed on the country by the dictates
of the "Troika" of the International Monetary Fund, the
European Central Bank and the European Commission. The
election result and the initial measures of the new
government have sent a shock wave through the European
ruling class and has given not only the Greek people but
millions Europe-wide a new sense of hope. The people of
Greece have shown that they are determined to chart their
own future course. And immediately there was a tremendous
echo of the Greek events in Spain, where on Sunday hundreds
of thousands marched in Madrid to denounce and reject the
same policies of privatization and austerity that led to the
Greek uprising. More manifestations of this fighting spirit
are been seen all over Europe.
Presented to the National Board, Communist Party USA,
January 22, 2015.
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