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Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Lead item

Eurozone crisis "Europe's 30-month effort to save the euro by slashing spending and debt levels risks turning into a crisis of political legitimacy after EU leaders' strategies collided spectacularly with the wishes of voters in Greece and France."

Guardian
 
 

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

General item

Putin's inauguration: satire and violence "No parade wave from the new President; he sat behind the most tinted of windows. Not a soul cheered from the sidewalks as Putin and a phalanx of security sped to the Kremlin; they had all been cleared and the streets and metros cordoned off."

New Yorker
 

The case for breaking up with your parents "Parents have to be finessed, thought around, even as we love them: They are so colossally wrong about so many important things. And even when they are not, paradoxically, even when they are 100 percent right, the imperative remains the same."

Chronicle of Higher Education
 

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

And finally

Crimes against taste "Italian tax police and soldiers reveal the Naples home of jailed Camorra clan mobster Nicola Schiavone, in the process shedding a rather garish light on the kitsch interior tastes of a modern crime family" (image gallery)

Guardian
Organised crime
 

General item

Things that should fall out of a piñata "... Dozens of smaller piñatas... Invitations to next year’s piñata party... Lasagne..."

The Awl