Why Greece Never Got A Fair Chance

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Despite having experienced an angry German government almost push Greece out of the Eurozone in 2012 first hand, I never thought we would be standing at this crossroads again. It took many of us – advisers, EU technocrats, American politicians and some academics several weeks to convince the key-decision makers in Berlin not to pull the trigger, and it was ... Read More »

Greece in chaos: will Syriza’s last desperate gamble pay off?

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The banks are closed, the bailout referendum is looming – and Europe’s only far-left government is struggling to hold on to its mass support. In less than a week, it will either be triumphant or finished The Guardian - Paul Mason @paulmasonnews If it all ends on Monday, with the Greeks voting for austerity in order to keep the euro, the ... Read More »

Son of mafia boss did work experience at Australian embassy, investigation claims

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Investigation claims mafia links to senior Australian politicians The Independent – Siobhan Fenton   A number of links have existed between the Italian mafia and senior Australian politicians, it has been alleged. The relationship between the two groups was so close that the son of a “key mafia figure” completed work experience at the Australian embassy in Rome, despite the same ... Read More »

South Sudan: No Sanctions without a Strategy

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Addis/Brussels – ICG – As South Sudan’s civil war continues unabated and multiple peace processes and initiatives create little tangible progress, members of the UN Security Council are seeking to adopt sanctions against six generals, three each from the government and the opposition sides. This would in effect punish past wrongdoing and risk compromising ongoing peace efforts. It would also ... Read More »

Israel detains ship seeking to break its Gaza blockade

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Israel’s navy boarded and took over an activist vessel seeking to break its Gaza blockade and was escorting it to port on June 29 in an operation that did not use force, the military said. Hurriyet – JERUSALEM – Agence France-Presse A flotilla of four boats carrying pro-Palestinian activists had been seeking to reach Gaza to highlight the Israeli blockade ... Read More »

The Next Few Days Have the Potential to Transform Greece and Europe

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As it turns out, the Greek crisis ends not with a bang, but with a referendum. The New York Times - Neil Irwin It has been easy to ignore the doings in Greece for the last few years, with the perpetual series of summits in Brussels that never seem to resolve anything. But it’s time to pay attention. These next ... Read More »

Why Both Erdoganism and Kemalism May Finally Be Dead in Turkey

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Two years ago, protestors took over the streets of Istanbul, Turkey’s first city. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan beat them down and last year was elected president. His critics feared his plan to invest the largely ceremonial post with Putin-like authority. Three weeks ago, however, Turkish voters revoked his party’s majority. A new government has yet to form. The Huffington ... Read More »

Greek Prime Minister Calls for Referendum on Bailout Terms

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ATHENS — In an unexpected move, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras went on national television early Saturday to call for a referendum on July 5, so that Greek citizens can decide whether to accept or reject the terms of a bailout deal proposed by the country’s creditors. The New York Times - By JIM YARDLEY and NIKI KITSANTONISJUNE With his speech, ... Read More »

Weekend deadline for Greece after negotiations draw blank

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Finance ministers will meet on Saturday to attempt to thrash out a deal before Monday’s markets open The Guardian – Ian Traynor, Jennifer Rankin in Brussels and Helena Smith in Athens Greece’s creditors have set the country a weekend deadline to avoid default and stay in the eurozone, after more than 24 hours of non-stop Brussels negotiations at the highest ... Read More »