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Greece's recent political turmoil captured the imagination of the left across Europe. Elected in January 2015 under the leadership of Alexis Tsipras, the radical Syriza party sought to challenge the European economic status-quo and secure a better future for the Greek people. The fierce confrontation with Greece's creditors which followed reverberated around the world.
Kevin Ovenden tells the rocky story of Syriza's first six months in office. Despite the party's many defeats, the rise (and fall) of Syriza is a symbolic and important story to tell. The twists and turns of the bailout negotiations with the Troika, the brief reign of iconoclastic Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, and the worrying rise of Golden Dawn and the extreme right all converge to create a pivotal moment in Europe's recent history.
Published in partnership with the Left Book Club.
Kevin Ovenden is a longstanding journalist, writer and activist who has followed Greece's politics and social movements for 25 years. He has written books on Malcolm X and New Labour and is a contributor to the Guardian and Jacobin.
Foreword by Paul Mason Preface Acknowledgements 1. Between Things Ended and Things Begun 2. The Resisted Rise of Syriza 3. Their Austerity and Our Resistance 4. The Monstrous Legacy of Racism 5. Lost in the Labyrinth 6. Face to Face with the Deep State 7. The Maw of the Minotaur 8. Holding Tight to the Thread