Early Bird Headlines 20 February 2015
Econintersect: Here are some of the headlines we found to help you start your day. For more headlines see our afternoon feature for GEI members, What We Read Today, which has many more headlines and a number of article discussions to keep you abreast of what we have found interesting.
- Greece Drops Key Bailout Demands, but Germany Still Objects (abc News)
- Worried depositors rush to pull cash out of Greek banks (CNBC)
- ECB denies report on capital controls for Greece (Reuters) Central bank says it did not suggest Greece impose restrictions to stop deposit outflows.
- Syriza’s scattergun (The Economist) Greece had a chance to make the euro zone work better. It blew it.
- Greece defiant as Germany tears up last-ditch EMU compromise on austerity (The Telegraph) Yanis Varoufakis: “‘There is no macro-economic argument for further fiscal tightening. The only reason for doing so is on punitive grounds.”
- Opinion: One last chance for Greece (DW) Syriza government in Greece should compromise soon of step down to avert a Greek euro exit.
- Greece Can Pay Its Debts in Full, but It Won’t (The Wall Street Journal)
- I’m increasingly certain Greece should leave the euro. It would be best for them and for Britain, says MEP DANIEL HANNAN (Daily Mail)
- Germany Rejects Loan Request Saying Greece Must Meet Conditions (Bloomberg Business)
- Germany refuses Greece an honourable surrender over austerity (The Guardian) Athens’ decision to accept a eurozone loan extension shows the troika did not really want to negotiate with Syriza – it wanted capitulation.
- Germany calls Greek loan request letter a “Trojan horse” (Reuters)
- Why the Islamic State has its eyes on Libya (The Washington Post)
- ISIS comes to Libya (CNN) Islamic State plans to control Libya starting with 800 fighters.
- “Libya: The Strategic Gateway for the Islamic State” (Charlie Winter, Quilliam) Translation and analysis of IS recruitment propaganda for Libya.
- After spreading from Syria and Iraq to Libya, Islamic State lays claim to North African outpost (firstpost.com) “We will conquer Rome, God willing.”
- Libya’s new agony: The spread of Islamic State (The Economist) The descent into jihadist chaos is forcing neighbours to act.
- ISIS militants seize university in Libya’s Sirte (Al Arabiya News) Islamic State militants have seized control of parts of the North African oil-producing country.
- US and Britain: Libya Needs Government Before Weapons (abc News) Libya has two separate, non-cummunicative governments and scores of militias.
- Kiev accused of cutting gas supplies to rebels (Financial Times) Kiev said supplies had been interrupted temporarily after heavy fighting damaged pipelines.
- Ukraine crisis: House of Lords criticises EU and Britain for ‘sleepwalking into crisis’ as Moscow and Nato remain on diplomatic collision course (The Independent)
- Ukraine conflict: Truce violations ‘deeply trouble’ US (BBC News)
- Rebel takeover of eastern Ukraine city raises questions about cease-fire, Putin’s intentions (Fox News)
- Russia marches on uninhibited in eastern Ukraine (The Washington Post) Putin’s latest victory is turning into a rout.
- The Ukraine Humiliation (The Wall Street Journal) Putin marches over Merkel, Hollande and Obama.
- The Guardian view on Debaltseve and the Ukraine ceasefire: Editorial (The Guardian) The best response to Russian policy in Ukraine is to play the economic card.
- Ukraine: UK and EU ‘badly misread’ Russia (BBC News)
- Ukraine Update: Fighting Shifts To Mariupol; A Call For U.N. Peacekeepers (NPR)
Econintersect: Did anyone hear Neville Chamberlain proclaim after the Minsk meeting: “Peace in our time“?