Over Easy: Around the World
Welcome to Thursday’s Over Easy, a continuation of Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner and its tradition of giving an overview of news our everyday media doesn’t cover, issues that we ought to consider outside the U.S. scene.
Today is the first day of Ramadan, peace to all.
The Greek exit from the EU looms closer and its central bank has warned there are difficulties ahead for all.
Greece’s central bank has warned for the first time that the country could be on a “painful course” to default and exit from both the eurozone and the EU.
It comes as the Greek government and its international creditors blamed each other for failing to reach a deal over economic reforms.
That failure is holding up the release of €7.2bn (£5.2bn) in bailout funds.
The Palestinian unity government designed to work with Abbas and Hamad has resigned due to its inability to effect any actual operations.
“Hamdallah handed his resignation to Abbas and Abbas ordered him to form a new government,” Nimr Hammad, an adviser to Abbas, told AFP, referring to prime minister Rami Hamdallah.
Discussions to form a new government would include consultations with the various Palestinian factions, including Hamas, he said.
Officials have said the planned dissolution of the government, made up of technocrats, had been under discussion for several months because of the cabinet’s inability to operate in the Hamas-dominated Gaza Strip.