European austerity measures announced, violent protests in Spain, Greece

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Decisions to step up austerity measures were announced this week in Spain and Greece, reigniting protests which turned violent, in the countries’ capitals. On Thursday, the Spanish government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced an aggressive package of austerity measures, including spending cuts of €40 billion for the 2013 national budget. This […]

Dozens of migrants dead off Turkish coast

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Some 60 migrants seeking refuge in Europe died when a fishing boat they were traveling in hit rocks and sank off the western coast of Turkey, early Thursday 6 September. According to various official reports, many of the passengers, including children, were trapped in a lower deck. A few dozen survivors were able […]

Greece begins immigration roundups

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Greek police say that over 6,000 people have been detained in Athens for suspicion of being illegal immigrants. The Geneva-based United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, has voiced concern that migrants from war-torn countries and genuine asylum-seekers could be denied the right of protection due to the massive campaign against illegal […]

French turn left, Greece heads right

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – France gave the Socialists a clear parliamentary majority Sunday 17 June in a vote that could be good news for teachers. Newly elected President Francois Hollande’s agenda includes raising taxes and increasing spending to get the French economy moving. Part of the plan is to hire an additional 60,000 teachers. Nicolas Sarkozy’s […]

Bill Clinton encourages Europe to find austerity, growth compromise

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Compromise is the only way forward, former US President Bill Clinton told business leaders and students in Lausanne Sunday night, in a speech at IMD, and that includes resolving the eurozone crisis. “What works in people’s lives are creative networks of cooperation,” he told the crowd of several hundred. He pointed to […]

Euro under pressure: backdrop to 1st Hollande, Merkel meeting

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©2012 Chappatte, distributed by Globe Cartoon. More cartoons on Chappatte’s web site. Geneva-based Patrick Chappatte works for the International Herald Tribune, for Geneva newspaper Le Temps, and for NZZ am Sonntag. All cartoons reproduced with permission. GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Angela Merkel, German chancellor, has her first-ever meeting with her new French counterpart, Francois Hollande, who takes […]

Portugal passes muster for next funding round

Greeks bonds out as collateral GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Portugal will get the nice euros 14 billion of the 78bn allotted to it as part of a european bailout package. The country’s spending cuts and ability to stay on target for reducing its debt were reviewed by a team that visited Monday, from the three agencies […]

Greeks demonstrate as minister joins EU to discuss austerity plan

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Greeks held two major demonstrations in Athens over the weekend to protest the country’s austerity plan, as their finance minister flew to Brussels for European Union talks on the plan Monday 20 February. The EU’s finance ministers are scheduled to discuss and vote on the plan, which they and the International Monetary […]

Easyjet adds 3 new summer destinations from Geneva

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Easyjet is adding three new cities in southern Europe to its 2012 summer flight schedule: Catania, Sicily in Italy, Athens, Greece and Venice, Italy. The first will be at least twice a week and the other two three times a week, starting 18 April 2012.

And now, Italy . . . (Chappatte cartoon)

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©2011 Chappatte, distributed by Globe Cartoon. More cartoons on Chappatte’s web site. Geneva-based Patrick Chappatte works for the International Herald Tribune, for Geneva newspaper Le Temps, and for NZZ am Sonntag. All cartoons reproduced with permission.