Greece shuns debt talks with troika

Greece’s new finance minister snubs his main eurozone counterpart, saying Athens will not negotiate over debts with the EU-IMF troika.
Merkel rules out Greek debt relief

German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejects any cancellation of Greece’s debt, saying banks and creditors have already made substantial cuts.
VIDEO: ‘Icy body language’ at Greek talks

Greece’s new left-wing finance minister says his government will not negotiate over the Greek bailout conditions with the “troika” team from the EU and IMF.
Podemos to hold Madrid mass rally

The far-left Spanish party, Podemos, is to hold a mass rally in the centre of Madrid looking to build on the recent victory of Syriza in Greece.
EU’s Moscovici wants Greece in euro

EU financial commissioner Pierre Moscovici tells the BBC that Greece belongs in the eurozone, and vows to prevent a “Grexit”.
Spanish feminists criticise male-dominated Greek cabinet
How Syriza could make a debt relief deal palatable to Germany | Henning Meyer

If a compromise is to be reached to avert a messy Greek default, there are three things that need to happenFollowing the formation of the new Greek government we are entering a period of negotiation. This is good news, and overdue given the scale of the social and economic crisis in Greece. The new prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, has announced that he will not unilaterally walk away from Greek obligations but seek dialogue with creditor countries. He has a clear mandate for change, but it is also important to bear in mind the constraints on the other side of the negotiation table.
Suzanne Moore is wrong about the Greens – they are plainly left wing

A quick examination of their policies shows a Green party hard to reconcile withMoore’s description.

MAIN FOCUS: EU deliberates further sanctions on Russia | 28/01/2015

After the attack on a residential area in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, the EU foreign ministers plan to discuss further economic sanctions against Russia on Thursday. The EU is yet again being far too hesitant, some commentators criticise. Others go a step further and say Ukraine should be given weapons.

 

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France is taking new steps to combat terrorism and believes French citizens can play an important role in identifying potential jihadis.

 

Pro-Russian separatists vow to push ahead with offensive as shelling on city of Donetsk kills six civilians.

Italian lawmakers failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting on Thursday (29 January), leaving Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hoping to push through his candidate only in a fourth round, when the required threshold of votes is lower.

A Greek Burial for German Austerity

Even before the leftist Syriza party’s overwhelming victory in Greece’s recent general election, it was obvious that, far from being over, the crisis was threatening to worsen. And it does not take a prophet to predict that the Greek election result will leave the European Union’s German-backed austerity policy in tatters.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras plans next week to make his first visit to Brussels since coming to power promising to renegotiate his country’s international bailout, an EU spokesman said Jan. 30
Syriza: The radical left’s Greek Spring?

Will Syriza’s victory lead to a ‘radical left’ spring across Europe, or are such reactions premature?

 

New government to host the head of the European Parliament as European Commission says cancelling debt is not an option.
Portugal gives Jews ‘return rights’

The Portuguese government grants citizenship rights to descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled from the country five centuries ago.
New Greece government ready to toil

Elected Greek decision-makers take office, ready for long-awaited showdown with the Eurozone.

Charlie Hebdo numero 1178: all is forgiven?

Mutual recognition between people and cultures moves in mysterious ways, the cartoon its Rorschach test.

Third blot in the Rorschach ink blot test.

 

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UKIP’s 100 ideas

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On Tuesday’s 100-days-to-go mark for the general election, UKIP published a list of ‘100 great reasons‘ to vote for them.

We want to be sure that the new Commission will not deregulate the labour market, because EU citizens are more important than the market, said Marita Ulvskog.

 

The European continent, ravaged by war for much of the last century, has been transformed to a bastion of justice, tranquility and progress, writes Egidijus Vareikis.

Why the Irish political elite is terrified of Syriza

The Irish political elite is deeply invested in an essentially religious narrative: Ireland sinned, Ireland confessed, Ireland did penance, Ireland has been forgiven, Ireland will be rewarded. If Syriza’s strategy in Greece succeeds, this will be exposed as a folly.

The fact that SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) won last Sunday’s national elections in Greece was not a surprise. It had been leading opinion polls for months. The fact that the radical left SYRIZA formed a coalition government with the right wing ANEL (Independent Greeks) within hours of its electoral victory was not particularly surprising either. Greece has been governed by coalition governments that have included both left-of-centre and right-of-centre parties since 2011. The left-right dimension of party competition has become secondary to the issue of the terms of Greece’s membership of the Eurozone and both SYRIZA and ANEL are opposed to the current terms, which they feel have been imposed on Greece.

New resignations hit Germany’s Pegida

The new leader of Germany’s controversial anti-Islamisation group Pegida, Kathrin Oertel, resigns a week after her predecessor.

 

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