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Tsipras Is Back, David Hameron, Emmy Firsts

TSIPRAS BACK AT THE HELM

A "vindicated" Alexis Tsipras will return as prime minister of Greece after his Syriza party's victory in yesterday's election, Kathimerini reports. The liberal party won just over 35% of the vote, leaving the center-right New Democracy party behind with 28%. But Tsipras' victory is less resounding than it was in January, with a record 44% of Greek voters staying home from the polls. Tsipras will form a coalition government with the Greek Independents, who were already part of his first government. Tsipras said obtaining debt relief was his top priority, though he will be expected to oversee the implementation of tough austerity measures and important reforms, as part of the third bailout he agreed to. And as today's editorial in newspaper To Vima puts it, "He is not allowed to fail." Read more in our Extra! feature.

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Our 'Emotional' Divide: How The Ukraine War Reveals A World Broken In Two

Russia's invasion has created a stark global divide: them and us. On one side are the countries refusing to condemn Moscow, with the West on the other. It's a dangerous split that could have repercussions far into the future.

Protesters against the war in Ukraine demonstrate in front of the Russian embassy in London

Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — "The West and the Rest of Us." That's the title of a 1975 essay written by Nigerian essayist and critic Chinweizu Ibekwe. I've been thinking about his words as the war in Ukraine both reveals and accelerates divisions of the world that I believe are ultimately "emotional" in nature.

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With war returning to Europe and the risk of escalation, there is a gap between the Western view and that of the "others," a distinct "us and them." This gap cannot be explained in strictly geographical, political, and economic terms.

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Central to the tragic absurdity of this war is the question of language. Vladimir Putin has repeated that protecting ethnic Russians and the Russian-speaking populations of Ukraine was a driving motivation for his invasion.

Yet one month on, a quick look at the map shows that many of the worst-hit cities are those where Russian is the predominant language: Kharkiv, Odesa, Kherson.

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