15 February 2015   Leave a comment

There were rallies in Athens as Greeks tried to bolster support to Prime Minister Tsipras before the renewal of negotiations with the troika.  Indeed, the rhetoric from Tsipras seemed to harden over the weekend as the Greek government began to believe that it had the upper hand because of its weakness.  There is a real tactical advantage in any negotiation when the threat of collapse by one party is highly plausible.  The real issue now is how much the troika fears a Greek exit from the eurozone.  The protesters in Athens made clear their sentiments toward the troika:

Greece to Germany, 15 February 2015



There were two violent incidents in Copenhagen, Denmark, that mimicked the recent shootings in Paris.  The target of the first incident was the Danish cartoonist, Lars Vilks, who has been a center of controversy since he published cartoons ridiculing the Prophet Mohammed in 2007.  For Vilks, the issue is solely an issue of the freedom of speech.  The Guardian, however, links the event to a much broader number of issues, including the discrimination against both Judaism and Islam.

Anti-religious feelings were also apparent in Libya as 21 Egyptian Copts were beheaded by the Islamic State in Libya.  The situation in Libya is incredibly chaotic and has been since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddaffi in 2011.  Egypt has a strong interest in Libyan internal affairs, and President Sisi is highly concerned about the rise of Islamic militants in the neighboring state.  The possibility that the conflict in Libya could expand regionally is quite significant, and would lead a number of states, including the US and European states, to become more heavily involved.


Posted February 15, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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