Syriza's victory in the recent Greek general election shook the foundations of the Western political establishment and gave hope to the millions suffering the austerity measures imposed by the European Troika. Millions asked, how did this happen and what is it about Greece that created such a centre of radicalism?
This insider's account, from Syriza's Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and economist Christos Laskos, shows that that the narrative of Greek exceptionalism is a myth. The blame game that has been played by the EU powers is an ideological tool used to shift attention from the disillusionment and anger at the European and global capitalist economic order.
By alienating an entire nation of people, the Troika has revealed the internal contradictions of the modern neoliberal establishment, as well as the inadequacies of the earlier social-democratic Keynesian regime. Tsakalotos and Laskos suggest that there is very little that differentiates Greece from other countries struggling under austerity, and that parties such as Syriza could usher in a new, democratic and socialist era across the continent.
Christos Laskos is an economist, teacher and co-author, with Euclid Tsakalotos, of Crucible of Resistance (Pluto, 2013). He is a member of the political secretariat of SYRIZA, the Greek radical left party. Euclid Tsakalotos was the Finance Minister in the Greek Syriza government, and Professor of Economics at the University of Athens. He is the co-author, with Christos Laskos Crucible of Resistance (Pluto, 2013).
List of figures and tables Introduction: The Greek Crisis In Context 1. Neo-Liberalism As Modernization 2. The Greek Economy And Society On The Eve Of The Crisis 3. The Eurozone Crisis In Context 4. From Crisis To Permanent Austerity 5. The Underdogs Strike Back 6. Out Of The Mire: Arguments Within The Greek Left Notes Index