Leo Panitch: The challenges for the Greek left after the election

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 23:00 to Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 01:00

An assessment and report-back featuring Leo Panitch, Editor of Socialist Registe and Professor of Political Economy at York University

After two years of anti-austerity street battles, Greece is in the midst of a highly polarized electoral battle, with voting set for Sunday June 17th. There is a good possibility that Syriza, the Coalition of the Radical Left, will emerge as the strongest party, and be posed to form an anti-austerity government of the left, the first radical government elected in Europe in decades. But the direction and programme of Syriza is far from settled, and containing many contradiction and tensions. Whatever the electoral outcome, the crisis in Greece and Europe is far from settled, and will enter a new phase. Leo Panitch is just returning from a week in Greece where he met many most senior officials in Syriza, and also of the radical left coalition Antarysya, speaking at one of their congresses.

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