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Greece Needs to Embrace Radical Reform

nytimes.com — Alexis Tsipras must keep his nerve. The new Greek prime minister has crossed a Rubicon in asking for an extension to the country's hated bailout program while abandoning many election promises. Mr. Tsipras should realize there is now no turning back. But he can snatch victory from defeat if he embraces radical reforms with vigor.

Hugo Dixon: Time for Alexis Tsipras to keep his nerve

breakingviews.com — The new Greek PM has crossed a Rubicon in asking for an extension to the country's hated bailout programme while abandoning many election promises. Tsipras should realise there is no turning back. But he can snatch victory from defeat if he embraces radical reforms with vigour.

Pope Francis decries beheading of Egyptian Christians in Libya

blogs.reuters.com — Pope Francis expressed deep sadness for the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya, departing from the script of an address on Monday to emphasize the unity of all Christians regardless of the sect they follow.

Greece desperately needs quick fix

blogs.reuters.com — Time is running short. A deal is needed in the next few days to stop Athens going bust. That will be, at best, a short-term patch-up while a long-term programme is worked out. Compromise is needed by both Greece and its euro zone creditors to avoid a disaster. It wonât be easy.

Hugo Dixon: Greece desperately needs quick fix

breakingviews.com — Time is running short. A deal is needed in the next few days to stop Athens going bust. That will be, at best, a short-term patch-up while a long-term programme is worked out. Compromise is needed by both Greece and its euro zone creditors to avoid a disaster. It won't be easy.

Prince Charles to tell Saudi king to halt blogger’s flogging - report

blogs.reuters.com — Britain's Prince Charles will intervene in the case of a jailed Saudi blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes and urge Saudi Arabia's new king to halt the punishment, the Mail on Sunday newspaper reported. Charles embarked on a six-day tour of the Middle East this weekend beginning in Jordan and is expected to also visit Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Hussein honoured on grounds of Israeli hospital

blogs.reuters.com — About 50 Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims settle down to chant and prostrate themselves in worship near an ancient tomb. Not an unusual scene in the Middle East, but this shrine is located on the grounds of an Israeli hospital known mainly for treating the casualties of conflict in the nearby Gaza Strip.

Hugo Dixon: Greek euro exit will be hard to stop

breakingviews.com — After Greek PM Alexis Tsipras' defiant speech to parliament, it is difficult to see how Athens can avoid running out of money and imposing capital controls within a few weeks. Unless that perspective provokes a change of heart, Greece may soon have to bring back the drachma.

Eurozone Should Give Greek Leader Some Time to Reach Compromise

nytimes.com — There are two schools of thought about how the eurozone should play its negotiations with Alexis Tsipras, the new Greek prime minister. One is that other leaders and the European Central Bank should back him into a corner. The other is that they should give Mr. Tsipras, the leader of the radical-left Syriza party, time.

Hugo Dixon: Give Greece's Alexis Tsipras time

breakingviews.com — If the Greek prime minister is backed into a corner, the chances of Grexit and contagion will rise. If he is given time, there's less risk of Athens quitting the euro. And even if Greece leaves, delay will make it easier to contain the political and financial backlash.
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Mar 02, 2015

Bad sign “@ekathimerini: Parliament will not vote on loan extension, says government dlvr.it/8p3pcX

Mar 02, 2015

RT @YanniKouts: #Spain FinMin de Guindos: "Third Greek rescue” being negotiated that’s going to be €30-50bn ~BBG #Greece

Mar 02, 2015

RT @Breakingviews: Greece’s U-turns have only just begun, reckons @Hugodixon. To avoid going bust, it'll need three more “kolotoumba” in coming months....

Mar 02, 2015

RT @iliassiak: #Tsipras-Κωλοτούμπες,To Do: Mέτρα πρό επόμενης εκταμίευσης Mέτρα για κλείσιμο τρέχοντος bail out Συμφωνία για Τρίτο Πακέτο. h/t @Hugodixon

Mar 02, 2015

CORRECTION: govt couldn't pressure Piraeus to buy t-bills bcse ECB told all banks not to increase exposure to state on Feb 18

Mar 02, 2015

Eurogroup head: Greek reforms could prompt bailout payment in March reut.rs/1DIvM81 via @reuters

Mar 02, 2015

Four stages of #kolotoumba: #Tsipras' somersault has only just begun. My latest column tiny.cc/tg2uux

Mar 01, 2015

@YanniKouts i would have thought Tsipras could get at least as good a result f he abandons the Left Platform and shifts to the centre

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