Comrades of the Communist Organisation of Greece (KOE)
The Irish Socialist Republican party éirígí (‘arise’) takes this opportunity to extend fraternal, revolutionary greetings to the members of KOE at this your 3rd Party Congress.
Europe stands at a crossroads. With every passing day the crises of globalised capitalism and the European Union continue to worsen. The measures that are being deployed in an attempt to resolve these crises on terms favourable to the capitalist class are incapable of doing so without at the very least producing serious consequences in the form of what is increasingly widespread resistance at a national, European and global level. The ‘structural adjustment programmes’ and ‘austerity’ measures being imposed by the IMF/EU/ECB and willingly implemented by their surrogate governments are in fact heightening the contradictions at the heart of ‘neoliberalism’ and giving rise to what is becoming a massive and multi-faceted global tendency for a new system of politics and economics.
Nowhere is the class struggle more heightened at present than it is in Greece. The fate of the European working class will in many respects be greatly influenced by the course of the struggle in Greece. It can really only be a matter of time before the situation in your country comes to a head. The contradiction that exists between the increasing immiseration of the majority in the interest of protecting the ill-gotten gains of a small, super-wealthy and powerful minority cannot be maintained indefinitely. While of course it is the case that no two countries are exactly alike, as internationalists we recognise that all of our problems at a fundamental level are problems common and endemic to the globalised capitalist system of production and finance. It therefore follows that if these problems are global then so too must the solutions.
We are with you and the millions of Greek people that have participated in the anti-EU/IMF demonstrations that have taken place in Greece throughout the last year. We are with you because we face a common enemy – that common enemy is capitalism.
We wish you all success in your deliberations and debates at this 3rd congress of the KOE. May your efforts serve to sharpen the sword of revolution in Greece.
Ever onwards to victory comrades!!
Irish Socialist Republican party éirígí (‘arise’)