FREE News: 30th June

Greek crisis: “Last-minute Eurogroup to discuss new Greek bailout demand” (EuObserver) : “An extraordinary Eurogroup teleconference will be held at 7pm Tuesday to examine a last minute Greek request for a two-year new bailout and partial restructuration of its debtFollowing the request, the eurozone finance ministers will discuss whether to extend the current bailout programme, which ends tonight at midnight, until the loan is granted. That would avoid a likely Greek default when all financing instruments included in the current programme end.”  Read more here

See also:“IMF: austerity measures would still leave Greece with unsustainable debt”(The Guardian)  : “ Greece would face an unsustainable level of debt by 2030 even if it signs up to the full package of tax and spending reforms demanded of it, according to unpublished documents compiled by its three main creditors.” Read more here

In this regard, see also: “Greek referendum question poses problems “(EuObserver): Should the proposal that was submitted by the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund at the Eurogroup of 25 June 2015, which consists of two parts that together constitute their comprehensive proposal, be accepted? The first document is titled ‘Reforms for the completion of the Current Programme and beyond’ and the second ‘Preliminary Debt Sustainability Analysis’,” the ballot reads on the left-hand side […]”

Anti-terrorist measures: “Social media watchdog: Twitter is the gateway drug for extremist”(EurActiv): “Twitter is turning a blind eye to the extremists who use the platform to recruit, according to the Counter Extremism Project (CEP).“Twitter is the most obvious and egregious actor in the social media space a,” Wallace said on Monday in Brussels.Social media companies that don’t remove extremist material from their websites should face sanctions.” Read full article

Human Rights: “Asylum seeker riot in Hungary: fences, posters and rising tension” (NewEurope):On Monday, the Hungarian police fired tear gas to contain a riot at an overcrowded refugee camp in the eastern city of Debrecen. The camp is one of the largest in the country, officially holding 1,900 emigrants. The fighting concerned a religious dispute […]”

Human Rights: “Ukraine: living “in a new way” under old rules?” (NewEurope): On May 25th Ukraine was hailing the first anniversary of Petro Poroshenko’s Presidency who came to power with the campaign slogan “to live in a new way.” However, a year later, unfolding domestic and foreign policies   trigger more questions, skepticism or plain bewilderment. It is clear that the war in Donbas is a huge drain on the energy and resources of the government, but this can’t be an excuse for delaying reforms that were promised. […]”

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