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Extra! Greek Crisis, European Front Pages

Le Soir, June 29, 2015

The European and Greek flags billow beside each other under the headline "Disunion" on the front page of today's Le Soir, a Brussels-based daily. Negotiations between Athens and its European creditors collapsed over the weekend, plunging the continent into a new depth of uncertainty and crisis.

After European officials rejected the Greek government's final offer for reforms in exchange for an extension of the bailout, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a referendum on the bailout terms, set to take place next Sunday, July 5th. The proposals included further cuts to pensions and a rise in sales tax, which Tsipras' left-wing government deems too harsh to accept for an economy already suffering from years of austerity. If voters reject the terms, Greece will be forced to default on its debt, which could force its exit from the Eurozone.

Greece's current bailout expires Tuesday, when it must also make a $1.7 billion payment to the International Monetary Fund. Athens' request for a temporary extension of aid until the referendum was rejected, and the European Central Bank ordered Greek banks to remain closed today, forcing the government to impose capital controls after bank withdrawals spiked over the past few days.

With the impending end of Greece's economic lifeline and a precarious referendum campaign to prepare for, citizens and leaders across Europe look ahead to a week of tension and uncertainty. Here's are some front pages Monday from the European press:








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What Are Iran's Real Intentions? Watch What The Houthis Do Next

Three commercial ships traveling through the Red Sea were attacked by missiles launched by Iran-backed Yemeni Houthi rebels, while the U.S. Navy shot down three drones. Tensions that are linked to the ongoing war in Gaza conflict and that may serve as an indication as to Iran's wider intentions.

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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi at the Iranian parliament in Tehran.

Icana News Agency via ZUMA
Pierre Haski


PARIS — It’s a parallel war that has so far claimed fewer victims and attracted less public attention than the one in Gaza. Yet it increasingly poses a serious threat of escalating at any time.

This conflict playing out in the international waters of the Red Sea, a strategic maritime route, features the U.S. Navy pitted against Yemen's Houthi rebels. But the stakes go beyond the Yemeni militants — with the latter being supported by Iran, which has a hand in virtually every hotspot in the region.

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Since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel, the Houthis have been making headlines, despite Yemen’s distance from the Gaza front. Starting with missiles launched directed toward southern Israel, which were intercepted by U.S. forces. Then came attacks on ships belonging, or suspected of belonging, to Israeli interests.

On Sunday, no fewer than three commercial ships were targeted by ballistic missiles in the Red Sea. The missiles caused minor damage and no casualties. Meanwhile, three drones were intercepted and destroyed by the U.S. Navy, currently deployed in full force in the region.

The Houthis claimed responsibility for these attacks, stating their intention to block Israeli ships' passage for as long as there was war in Gaza. The ships targeted on Sunday were registered in Panama, but at least one of them was Israeli. In the days before, several other ships were attacked and an Israeli cargo ship carrying cars was seized, and is still being held in the Yemeni port of Hodeida.

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