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2 articles of this author have been cited in the European Press Review so far. - Greece | 18/10/2012

Pointless general strikes in Greece

Trade unions in Greece have called a general strike for today against the Greek government's new austerity programme. The news portal Protagon doubts the success of the numerous strikes in Greece: "Between 1980 and 2008 there were 38 general strikes. Italy comes second with 16, then France with 10 and Portugal with 3. Does the large number of strikes in Greece mean we have trade unions that take a tough stance against employers? After so many years one can hardly reach that conclusion. It only shows that the trade unions are acting either without thinking or at the behest of the parties - or they are fighting to maintain their own privileges. … The strikers are only successful when they don't make unrealistic demands (like scrapping the austerity package). If the strikes exhaust the employees, leave them disappointed and on top of that are undermined by trade unionists with party affiliations, then in the end the employers are the only winners." - Greece | 23/09/2012

Greek families chase away fascists

Greek families demonstrated against the government's austerity policy in front of the country's parliament buildings on Friday. In the course of the demonstrations they called on members of parliament from the neo-Fascist party Chrysi Avgi to leave the rally. The news portal applauds their behaviour. "This spontaneous reaction on the part of the citizens leaves room for hope. ... The party's press spokesperson Ilias Kasidiaris and other members of parliament joined the protests to benefit from these families' worries and hardships. Kasidiaris had carefully prepared his appearance, only to be treated as he deserved: 'Get lost, you fascist, we don't need you', the crowd called out. These people gave the neo-Nazi die-hards the right answer and refused to let them compromise their protest. The neo-Nazis looked like waterlogged rats. ... The people neither fought with the neo-Nazis nor provoked them. In fact they hardly spoke with them. Their weapon was a single sentence: 'Fascists, get lost!"

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