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The deepening Greek crisis – and need for debt cancellation

24th June 2012 Socialist Action 0

By Nicky Dempsey

The outcome of the Greek election means that the population will face further attacks on its living standards and that the economic crisis will be prolonged. SYRIZA, the only party that might have been able to form an anti-austerity government, came second with less than 3 per cent of the vote behind the victorious New Democracy. Given the Greek system of 50 top-up seats for the leading party and with the support of both the traditional social democrats of PASOK and from the Democratic Left (a rightist split from SYRIZA) the new government will have a large majority in Parliament. Whether it will be able to form a stable government is another matter.

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The Egyptian Presidential election – the clear choice is to support the Muslim Brotherhood candidate

14th June 2012 Socialist Action 0

By Andrew Williams

With the final round of the presidential election approaching on 16 and 17 June, the Mubarak appointed supreme constitutional court has dissolved the Egyptian parliament. The military regime staged this partial coup d’etat as the democratic gains so far achieved by the Egyptian revolution threaten to end its dictatorship.

It has to be the goal of all progressive forces to ensure the defeat of the military’s candidate, and therefore victory for the Muslim Brotherhood in the run-off presidential vote. The two candidates are Mohamed Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood’s (MB) Freedom and Justice Party and Ahmed Shafiq, backed by the Egyptian Army.

Victory to SYRIZA

8th June 2012 Socialist Action 0

By Nicky Dempsey

The Greek general election of June 17 will be closely watched by all the main political forces and classes in Europe. It marks the next phase in the struggle against the offensive to cut wages, public services and the incomes of the poor in order to restore profits.

Workers and the oppressed throughout the whole of Europe and beyond have a direct interest in a victory for those parties that oppose the current offensive.