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Extra! Hope For Greece Deal After "Intensive Mediation'

Monday's front page of Germany's leading financial daily the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung shows Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis dashing to a cabinet meeting at the Maximos Mansion, seat of the Greek prime minister. As European Union and Greek leaders struggle to reach a deal to keep Greece in the Eurozone, the German daily describes Varoufakis' untucked and non-ironed shirt as "civilian clothes", above the headline "Intensive Mediation Efforts Before Greece Crisis Summit.

Late on Sunday, European Union leaders also welcomed an 11th-hour proposal from the Greek government, just hours before the crucial summit Monday that could decide the cash-strapped country's future. The news sent European stocks up, though it's still early to say whether a deal will be reached to avoid a Greek debt default.

According to the Greek Reporter, the new reform package from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras could include capitulations previously branded "taboo," such as ending early retirement and pension cuts.

But the new proposals could spark a political crisis in Athens, where Syriza's right-wing coalition partner ANEL strongly opposes abolishing reduced VAT on Greece's Aegean islands. "If they want to get rid of ANEL from the coalition government, they can bring that measure to parliament and we will vote against it," Defense Minister and ANEL party member Panos Kammenos said Monday morning.

Grexit or no Grexit, the Eurozone is doomed and will eventually have to "integrate or disintegrate," a new study says. Read more from The Daily Telegraph.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitungis one of Germany's leading dailies, founding in 1949. With a focus on business and finance, the "FAZ" is considered center-right on the political spectrum.

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Violence Against Women, The Patriarchy And Responsibility Of The Good Men Too

The femicide of Giulia Cecchettin has shaken Italy, and beyond. Argentine journalist Ignacio Pereyra looks at what lies behind femicides and why all men must take more responsibility.

photo of a young man holding a sign: Filippo isn't a monster, he's the healthy son of the patriarchy

A protester's sign referring to the alleged killer reads: Filippo isn't a monster, he's the healthy son of the patriarchy

Matteo Nardone/Pacific Press via ZUMA Press
Ignacio Pereyra

Updated Dec. 3, 2023 at 10:40 p.m.


ATHENS — Are you going to write about what happened in Italy?, Irene, my partner, asks me. I have no idea what she's talking about. She tells me: a case of femicide has shaken the country and has been causing a stir for two weeks.

As if the fact in itself were not enough, I ask what is different about this murder compared to the other 105 women murdered this year in Italy (or those that happen every day around the world).

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We are talking about a country where the expression "fai l'uomo" (be a man) abounds, with a society so prone to drama and tragedy and so fond of crime stories as few others, where the expression "crime of passion" is still mistakenly overused.

In this context, the sister of the victim reacted in an unexpected way for a country where femicide is not a crime recognized in the penal code, contrary to what happens, for example, in almost all of Latin America.

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