Phil Butland

Eurozone crisis: German rifts revealed by bailout

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The bailout of Greece may have averted a eurozone meltdown, but it has opened rifts in the German ruling class who resent paying for Greek debt. At the same time the Left Party faces tough choices, writes Phil Butland.

In the wake of the Greek crisis Bild Zeitung, the German equivalent of the Sun newspaper, made a predictable attack on Greek workers. Bild promoted the idea that all Greeks are comfortably off and work a few years in public service non-jobs before taking well paid early retirement. With headlines like "Billions for Greece, and what about us?" it tried to drive a wedge between "hard-working German tax payers" and "lazy Greeks".

An Attack Against the Enemy

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Alex Callinicos is right (April SR). Anti-capitalism is growing--and not just in Britain.

Most countries now contain organisations similar to Globalise Resistance or the Socialist Alliance, although the precise nature of these organisations varies from country to country. In France, as Alex says, Attac started as a largely single-issue campaign, promoting the Tobin tax. Attac Germany, which developed some years later, generalised from the start.

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