Antonis Davanellos is a leading member of DEA (Workers' Left) in Greece.
The New Democracy government, under the leadership of prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, is facing the most serious political crisis since it came to power after the defeat of the SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) government in the elections of 2019.
The current political situation in Greece is full of contradictions. It is a political moment where everyone—from the top of society to the bottom—understands that the status quo is not sustainable and they must prepare for drastic change.
The account of this disastrous August, when temperatures and drought reached record high levels even for a warm and dry country like Greece, is literally tragic. Huge and uncontrollable wildfires in Evia, Attica, Peloponisos and other regions turned 375,000 acres of forested land into ashes.
The Greek government of prime minister Alexis Tsipras is continuing to drive through austerity policies demanded by creditors as a condition for further aid for the Greek economy. To win support for the third memorandum in parliament, Tsipras relied not only the votes of SYRIZA’s coalition partners, the right wing Independent Greeks (ANEL) led by Panos Kammenos, but pro-austerity parties such as New Democracy and PASOK.
The Greek government led by the left wing party SYRIZA has been pushed closer to the brink. Soon it will have to choose between paying its debt to international lenders and paying wages and pensions – one of the so-called “red lines” that prime minister Alexis Tsipras promised would not be crossed.
Antonis Davanellos is one of the best-known figures on the left wing of the Greek governing party, the radical left Syriza. He is a member of the Internationalist Workers Left (DEA) and is currently a member of Syriza’s Central Committee and Political Secretariat. In this article for DEA’s newspaper Workers’ Left, he emphasises the importance of the party’s rank and file, and its grassroots organisations, for the struggles that lie ahead. This article was first published at Socialistworker.org.