France

Eurogroup Boss Says Europe ‘On its Own’ in Trump Era

BRUSSELS (AFP) – Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem warned Thursday that Europe was “on its own” after protectionist Donald Trump took over as US president, but said it could be an opportunity to strengthen the EU.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

World View: Turkey Returns to War with the Kurdish PKK

Contents: Big losses expected Monday when Greece’s stock market reopens; Puerto Rico to default on Tuesday; Venezuela’s collapsing economy receives $5 billion from China; Venezuela in border dispute with Guyana; Turkey returns to war with the Kurdish PKK

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Greece May Not Pay IMF Loans In June

Heavily indebted Greece has played the latest hand in the game of euro one-upmanship by refusing to honour the latest instalment in its debt repayment plans to the IMF. The  €300m (£218m) owed to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is due

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Finance Minister Varoufakis Pulled Back from Greek Debt Negotiations

Bloomberg Business understandably sees all sorts of signals in Greece’s decision to pull Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis back from bailout negotiations, a move it describes as “clipping Varoufakis’ wings” and “reining him in” after three months of debt talks failed to produce an agreement.

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World View: Houthi Airstrikes Bomb Aden as Yemen War Widens

Greece’s Alexis Tsipras threatens Europe with ‘jihadists and terrorists’; Eurogroup chairman suggests capital controls in Greece; Houthi airstrikes bomb Aden as Yemen war widens; Kerry: US is ‘deeply disturbed’ by Syrian regime’s chemical weapons

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah

World View: Hezbollah Backs Down from War with Israel

Hezbollah backs down from war with Israel; Clashes between Nusra front and Free Syrian Army spreading in Syria; Jundallah takes credit for massive mosque attack in Pakistan; Egypt’s military begins ‘wide military offensives’ in North Sinai; Greece clashes with eurogroup ‘No more bailout, no more troika!’; In Denmark you are now paid to take out a mortgage