Syriza split: What next for Greece?

What does new election mean for Tsipras and reforms?

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced his resignation on Thursday. New elections are expected to be held in mid-September, and Tsipras has said he hopes to gain a strong mandate for his party. The prime minister’s decision could stabilise both Greece and Europe, some commentators write in praise. Others believe Tsipras is intentionally making people vote before they feel the impact of the austerity programme.

As the government tried to speed up the evacuation of Syrians and other migrants from the island of Kos, some migrants said they had been locked in a stadium.

Greece has become the EU’s third protectorate

The EU looks increasingly like an empire, having just created its third protectorate in the Balkans. Greece will effectively be run by the EU the way Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina already are.

 

Tsipras resigns, calls for September election

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned yesterday (20 August), hoping to strengthen his hold on power in snap elections after seven months in office in which he fought Greece’s creditors for a better bailout deal but had to cave in.

 

 

Every day more people are fleeing war and poverty and seeking asylum in Europe. The EU member states are at loggerheads over refugee quotas, the authorities are often overburdened, and parts of the population are opposed to taking in asylum seekers outright. Europe’s moral credibility is at stake in the refugee crisis, commentators write, and look to the future in alarm.

Germany and France will press the European Union to move faster and with more unity to deal with the worsening refugee crisis, amid complaints from Germany that it is shouldering too big a burden.

 

Macedonia fires tear gas at migrants

Macedonian police fire tear gas to disperse thousands of migrants trying to enter from Greece, a day after the Balkan nation declares an emergency.

What do Calais migrants know about the UK?

What do Calais migrants know about the UK?

David Cameron’s hypocrisy on Muslim radicalization

If Cameron was serious about countering extremism, what better person to allow into the UK than Jeenah, who has much to say about the contributions of the west to the problem?

Na'eem Jeenah at University of Johannesburg Palestine Solidarity Forum seminar, 2014.Na’eem Jeenah at University of Johannesburg Palestine Solidarity Forum seminar, 2014.Some rights reserved.British Prime Minister David Cameron is a calculated hypocrite on the question of Muslim radicalisation. In July, in the wake of the attack on British tourists (among others) in Tunisia, he announced acounter-extremism strategy to stop the spread of extremist movements such as the Islamic State (IS).

Third Greece bailout: What are eurozone conditions?

What Greece needs to do to get its bailout money

Germany and Brazil committed themselves on Thursday (20 August) to a joint stance on climate change, putting the largest economies in Europe and Latin America on the same page ahead of global climate talks in Paris in December.

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The Greek island of Kos is struggling to deal with an overwhelming rush of refugees and migrants arriving on its shores daily, making the short crossing from the Middle East to Europe by boat.

 

 

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