From Germany to Greece

Published on Jacobin, by Amien Essif, Aug 24, 2015.

Five German left activists on building solidarity with the Greek people and confronting the pro-austerity elites in their own country … //

… Organized by Blockupy, an Occupy Wall Street–esque network of organizations that formed in Germany in 2012, the day of action included a blockade of the bank’s new skyscraper, a march of over ten thousand people, and a protest in front of a shopping mall where workers were on strike. It concluded with a pitched battle between blockaders and police, who tried to clear them out with water cannons; protesters set police cars and tire barricades on fire.

The day’s events and photos — depicting Europe’s financial capital suffused with smoke and tear gas — called into question the narrative that Germany is Greece’s opposite, that it’s a country where the euro has accomplished everything promised and has won over every layer of the population.

So what is the state of the German left, especially in relation to the anti-austerity struggles across Europe today? Late last month, journalist Amien Essif spoke with five activists from the German left to explore what it means for Germans to stand in solidarity with the Greek people, the connections between anti-austerity and antiracist struggles, and how to build a movement against the “Europe of capitalism and borders.”

The participants are as follows: … //

… Followed by a long interview with Sascha Stanicicis, Moritz Rieder, Daniel Morteza, Max Manzey, Andreas Hesse … //

… Within the left movement, we have the unique opportunity now to discuss the character of the European Union, to discuss the limits of reformism inside the eurozone or under the conditions of the treaties of Lisbon and Maastricht and all the things like that. And it would be totally fatal for the left in Germany not to participate and show concrete examples in Southern Europe now that the fight against austerity is always a fight for socialism.

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