An open conflict over Ukraine, the destabilisation of the Middle East by the IS terror militia and a shift to the right in many countries of Europe: commentators look back on 2014 with concern. For 2015 they pin their hopes on economic recovery in the EU and the positive example set by Europe’s small neighbour Tunisia.
After the failed presidential election at the end of December, the Greeks will go to the polls on January 25 to elect a new parliament. If the left alliance Syrizaemerges victorious Greece could end up leaving the Eurozone and plunge the EU into a profound crisis, some commentators fear. Others see this scenario as panic-mongering and say the time has come to let the Greeks decide the fate of their country.
The Italian Air Force is rescuing hundreds of migrants stranded on a cargo ship abandoned in rough seas by smugglers in the Mediterranean.