Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 30, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits across from Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and other advisers, Vienna, Austria, June 27, 2015 (State Department photo).

Ricard Gowan, WPR: Iran Talks, Greece Crisis Open Make-or-Break Week for West

Welcome to what could turn out to be the most important, and potentially the most destructive, week in international diplomacy since the end of the Cold War.

In the next seven days, we are meant to reach three major turning points in global affairs. On Tuesday, major powers are meant to conclude an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program. On the same day, Greece is supposed to make a 1.6 billion euro payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), but may fail to do so. And on Sunday, Greek voters will vote in a referendum on the latest bailout package offered by its creditors in the eurozone and the IMF. The Greek government says it wants them to reject the deal, arguing that the terms are too austere, especially over pensions.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 30, 2015

The real reason Greek PM Alexis Tsipras wants a referendum on debt deal -- Marco Vicenzino, Reuters

Crunch Time for Greece -- David Patrikarakos, Daily Beast

What Is the European Union, Exactly? -- Kathy Gilsinan, The Atlantic

Post-election Erdogan cannot regain power he lost -- Cengiz Çandar, Al-Monitor

She’s a Beautiful, Passionate Voice for Ukraine, But That’s Not Enough -- Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast

China crosses Obama’s cyber ‘red line’ -- Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post

How Russia, China, and IS Have Made the US Popular Again -- Rob Spalding and Adam Lowther, The Diplomat

Brazilian leader's US visit: how Obama patched up ties after spying scandal -- Howard LaFranchi CSM

Puerto Rico's finances: Another fine debt crisis -- The Economist

Puerto Rico Could Really Use a Bankruptcy -- Matt Levine, Bloomberg

Cuba-U.S. Reboot -- Bill Faries and Ezra Fieser, Bloomberg

CIA Lags in Recruiting Diverse Workforce, Reports Finds -- Maya Rhodan, Time

3 comments:

James said...

WNU,
As seen by Marco Vicenzino's piece the EU establishment is really worried. The first two thirds is pretty much pro-EU boiler plate rhetoric verging on hysteria at times, but at the end he finally does get to and seem to understand the dynamics of Alexis Tsipras's view and moves in this situation. As I have said before a lot of people have made the mistake of seeing this as a purely economic issue ignoring the political realm here. When the political side is addressed it's always about what it means for the EU, not Greece.

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