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.
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.
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?
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.
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.