7th February, 2014 / 11.00am - 4.00pm
7th October, 2015
The world’s eyes are on Greece. Elected in January 2015 under the leadership of Alexis Tsipras, the radical Syriza party sought to challenge the European economic status-quo and secure a better future for the Greek people. The fierce confrontation with Greece’s creditors which followed reverberated around the world.
In Syriza: Inside the Labyrinth, Kevin Ovenden tells the turbulent story of Syriza’s first six months in office. Despite the party’s many defeats over the last few months, the rise (and possible fall) of Syriza is a symbolic and important story to tell. The twists and turns of the bailout negotiations with the Troika; the brief reign of iconoclastic Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis; and the surge of radical, popular support all converge to create a pivotal moment in Europe’s recent history.
Kevin will be in conversation with Stathis Kouvelakis, former Economics Minister for Syriza and one of the leaders of the left breakaway group Popular Unity about the extraordinary rise of the Syriza, the split, the outcome of the September elections in Greece and what the fallout will mean for Syriza, Greece and the European left as a whole. There will also be a Q&A session after.