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20/07 – Greece Continues to create headlines

Most member states media continue their coverage on the Greek situation. While most media focus on the overall situation, in Germany they concentrate in quite a different matter. Their main concern seems to be the scission in the government and the differences between Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and Chancellor Angela Merkel, to the point where, according to Süddeutsche Zeitung, Schäuble’s popularity within the CDU makes him a pivotal point in any decision to be made by the Chancellor from now on.

Some other articles talk about the crisis in general, mainly to point out Greece’s little trustworthiness, such as in or to criticise the ECB actions, as in Handelsblatt. Greece media also take a great part of their focus towards Alexis Tsipras government reshuffle, with Naftemporiki pointing out that the Prime Minister will now govern only with Syriza members who believe in his actions, and not the “whole” party. Others criticise some of the new cabinet decisions, such as the election of the new Alternate Labour Minister among the ranks of the ANEL.

Ethnos Kyriakis believes this reshuffle serves as an announcement of early elections. In the rest of the member states, the focus is switched towards Greece although the topics are many. One appearing in several outlets around the member states, such as the Daily Telegraph, Het Financieele Dagblad in the Netherlands or Canale 5 in Italy, is the reopening of the Banks on Monday, although they point out the capitals control remains.

In Denmark, Jyllands-Posten reveals information issued by Kathimerini, saying that a secret report containing all the consequences of a Grexit made by the European Commission was the cause Tsipras changed his mind towards accepting the agreement. Other media give different variations of “the work is not yet done” or “there is still much to do” articles, in which they analyse the path Greece has yet to cross to be really out of trouble, such as the Wall Street Journal Europe’s piece on privatisation.

Some other media still discuss the possibility of a Grexit, sometimes to defend it would be the best option, such as in The Times, and others to warn yet again of its disastrous consequences, such as a piece in the Financial Times. In addition, several member states issue articles regarding the effects on their national economies of the Greek crisis. These include the Standart Daily in Bulgaria, reporting on the government accepting to participate in the plan once it was assured its finances would not be affected, or Sweden’s acceptance to contributing to it, as reported by Dagens Nyheter.

Head of the EC Representation in Greece Panos Carvounis explains lengthily part of the agreement reached with the creditors in Greece’s Proto Programa, while also giving an overall view of the current situation in Athina 9.84.


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