Friday, June 8th
Start the engines, Angela "A consensus has developed on what Mrs Merkel must do. It includes shifting from austerity to (growth); complementing the single currency with a banking union; and embracing a limited form of debt mutualisation. Why hasn’t the continent's canniest politician sprung into action?"
Simmering anger in Seville "Family and tradition, religion, brass bands and social solidarity are all that's holding many communities in Spain together. One in four adults is unemployed. Half of all young people are jobless. Consumer spending is in freefall."
MP's live TV assault shocks Greece "Greek talk shows are by nature combustible affairs. But rarely have they witnessed anything quite as shocking as the moment when a leading member of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party launched a physical assault on two female politicians."
Swingtime for Obama "Obama and Romney will battle for the different groups of disaffected citizens. Each leads among independents in different recent polls, depending on whether the issue of the moment is the worrisome economy or conservative attacks on contraception. No one expects that Obama will repeat his eight-point margin among independents in 2008."
Earth may be near tipping point, scientists warn "In a paper published in Thursday's edition of the journal Nature, 22 researchers from a variety of fields liken the human impact to global events eons ago that caused mass extinctions, permanently altering Earth's biosphere."
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