Social democratic parties across Europe have suffered “Pasokification,” the fate of the Greek center-left party that lost three-quarters of its voters in just three years. If Britain’s Labour Party wants to avoid similar disasters, it needs an economic radicalism that can show the working class that it’s really on their side.
Costas Lapavitsas is a professor of economics at SOAS and former member of the Greek Parliament.
Big pharma firms like Pfizer are marketing COVID-19 vaccines for a profit, yet the research behind them would have been impossible without universities and public funding. The lack of an international public health response has placed capitalist profit over human need — and will leave billions of people unvaccinated.
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An interview with Greek MP Costas Lapavitsas on Popular Unity and the case for a progressive Grexit.
Syriza MP Costas Lapavitsas on what’s next for Greece after Sunday’s resounding vote against austerity.
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Greek MP Costas Lapavitsas on the economic barriers ahead for Syriza and the challenges of eurozone exit.