SYRIZA takes step toward unity

Synaspismos, the main party within the coalition that forms SYRIZA, is due to be disbanded on June 16 as part of a process to provide the leftist group with organizational and ideological unity.

It was decided on Wednesday that Synaspismos will hold a conference next month to approve the dissolution of the party, which was formed in 1991. Its members and assets will pass over to SYRIZA. After this, opposition leader Alexis Tsipras aims to chair a SYRIZA congress that will lead to the coalition, a grouping of leftist movements, gaining a single identity.

In an op-ed in Spanish daily El Pais on Wednesday, Tsipras called for “an alliance of the South,” arguing austerity has caused “war-like devastation.”