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So the Greeks are out of Euro 2012 – but still in the Eurozone.

 

Despite 55% voting for parties against the austerity measures, the country now has a pro-bailout government – Yanis Varoufakis explains why.

24 June 2012

Racism at the football stadiums raises concerns, it’s more worrying to find it in our parliaments; Golden Dawn and other far-right parties are thriving in the fertile ground of discontent and despair, but Salomi Boukala points out that their rise pre-date the crisis. In a new openSecurity debate, we see that the economy isn’t alone on the Greek agenda; immigration as a security concern is prominent in the parties’ discourse – and not just on the far right.

 

Whoever’s at the helm, they have (now less than) three months to save the euro, according to George Soros. His words sparked a debate: Enrique Mora writes that a badly designed monetary union led to collective disarray, Tony Curzon Price is tired of watching leaders pass the buck back to Europe, while John Mauldin explains the inexplicable European Central Bank and warns that the Bang! moment is now.

 

While Europe is struggling to keep itself solvent and united, security giant G4S is pushing briskly on into new territory, raking in lucrative contracts for police work and the handling of prisoners. Clare Sambrook continues the insightful coverage that has caught the attention of the BBC, The Times and The Guardian, while Stuart Weir warns of the newspeak used to obscure a huge private takeover of state services.

 

The Greeks weren’t the only ones to be watched closely as they voted this week, as Egypt elected Mohammed Mursi president. Before that result was clear, Andrea Teti and Gennaro Gervasio described the legal limbo and the crafty positioning of the junta.

 

Iraqi novelist Haifa Zangana opens up to publisher and campaigner Frances Pinter on why she couldn’t go on writing fiction after the 2003 invasion. If your story is living through torture, she says, novels aren’t going to do it.

 

Jeremy Fox also finds fault with literature. Railing against the great dumbing-down, he will no doubt meet with some disagreement.

 

Yemen and Turkey are put under scrutiny as supposed models for the Arab Spring, while Nepal is still in need of a constitution, years after the end of armed conflict.

 

In Russia people thirst for things other than revolution, but some believe that’s exactly what they need…

 


Elsewhere on the web


Alan Turing – mathematician, war hero and victim of an ungrateful nation, was born a century ago – Wired celebrates his achievements

 

Rajeev Bhargava talks to Giancarlo Bosetti about the road ahead for the young Arab democracies

 

The US Supreme Court is set to decide on health care, and Salon finds judge Scalia scary 



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