Eurosphere agenda: European Games open in a country where no European values can be found… “Eurozone formally discusses Greek default for first time…

Azerbaijan Pulls Out The Stops For The European Games — Without European …
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But, after all the years preparing and all the billions spent, Aliyev found himself sharing a VIP podium with the strongmen likes of Russia’s Vladimir Putin; Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan; and the presidents of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan, who .
European Games open in Azerbaijan

The inaugural European Games opens in Baku, Azerbaijan, but the build-up has been overshadowed by human rights concerns.
Senior EU officials have formally discussed for the first time a possible Greek debt default as negotiations between Athens and its creditors have stalled ahead of an end-month repayment deadline, several officials told Reuters.

Italy’s immigration crisis intensified Friday (12 June) after a build-up of asylum-seekers at two major train stations resulted in clashes with police, an outcry from the right and fresh calls from Rome for EU help.

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The how, what, when and why of Greek capital controls

Reports have been circling this afternoon that, at a meeting in Bratislava, officials of the Euro working group have been discussing potential plans for a Greek default, including various options for Greek capital controls. With a deal looking as far off as it ever has, the risk of such controls is growing. Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel lays out all you need to know.

Macedonia: anatomy of a crisis

Like putting a plaster on a wound that has not been cleaned, an EU-mediated deal to stabilise (but not necessarily democratise) the country is being negotiated behind closed doors.

Macedonians protesting against the current government. Flickr/FOSIM. Some rights reserved.From Putin’s Russia, to Erdogan’s Turkey, Orban’s Hungary, Vučić’s Serbia and Gruevski’s Macedonia, new authoritarian regimes have been faking democracy by organising multi-party elections, mimicking democratic institutions and adopting democratic language.

Grexit: end of the illusion

The negotiations between the Troika and Greece are a sham. Greek submission to the neoliberal EU project or forced exit was the Troika game plan from the moment Syriza formed a government.

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TTIP debacle in the European Parliament

The European Parliament (EP) descended into disarray earlier this week as MEPs failed to speak with one voice about the way negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are being handled by the European Commission. A key discussion and vote on the controversial trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) had been scheduled for midday Wednesday 10 June but Parliament President Martin Schultz announced late the night before that this would be postponed.

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