Forgetting 1945-1949 forgiveness of their debts: France, Germany demand ‘serious’ proposals from Greece

Both France and Germany have urged Greece to put forward serious proposals that would allow financial aid talks to resume. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said there is an urgent need to lift capital controls.

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“El invierno pasado tuve ataques de pánico, me hicieron cuestionarme todo lo que estaba haciendo. Pude…

“El invierno pasado tuve ataques de pánico, me hicieron cuestionarme todo lo que estaba haciendo. Pude ver las cosas que necesitaba cambiar. Como dejar de sobre exigirme en el trabajo. Vivía solamente para trabajar, ni siquiera me daba el derecho a descansar porque sentía que tenía que hacer y tener siempre el paño lleno de cosas para vender. Ahora estoy más tranquila, me gustaría dedicarme a la aromaterapia.”

“Last winter I had panic attacks. They made me question everything I was doing. I could see the things I needed to change. Like to stop putting too much pressure on myself at work. I used to live to work. I didn’t even give myself the right to rest because I felt like I had to be doing something. I always had to have my stand full of crafts to sell. Now I’m calmer. I’d like to work with aromatherapy.”

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Thomas Piketty: “Germany has never repaid.” — Medium

After the war ended in 1945, Germany’s debt amounted to over 200% of its GDP. Ten years later, little of that remained: public debt was less than 20% of GDP. Around the same time, France managed a similarly artful turnaround. We never would have managed this unbelievably fast reduction in debt through the fiscal discipline that we today recommend to Greece. Instead, both of our states employed the second method with the three components that I mentioned, including debt relief. Think about the London Debt Agreement of 1953, where 60% of German foreign debt was cancelled and its internal debts were restructured.

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Sinai’s Violence: A Timeline ( 2004 – 2015)

Endless struggle?

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Following the recent terror attacks in Sinai, some tried to portray the violence as an armed insurgency in response to July 3 coup against Morsi. Sinai militancy, however, has been ongoing before Morsi, continued during his tenure, and after his ousting. Here is a summery of main events since 2004. 

Sinai violence

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During Mubarak

 2004

  • Bomb blasts at Egyptian resorts in South Sinai, in which at least 28 people died.

2005

  • At least 88 people have been killed in bomb attacks in the Egyptian resort of Sharm al-Sheikh

2006

  • At least 23 people – including three foreigners – have been killed and 62 wounded in three blasts in the Egyptian resort town of Dahab

2010

  • Rocket attacks on Israel’s Eilat and Jordan’s Aqaba fired from Egypt’s Sinai

2011

  • Egyptian pipeline supplying gas to Israel near the Gaza Strip amid raging protests against Mubarak

After the revolution/ before…

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