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#Greekment! 10 Top European Tweets After Grexit Averted

#Greekment! 10 Top European Tweets After Grexit Averted
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PARIS â€" After a marathon 15-hour meeting, Greece and the 18 other Eurozone members finally reached an agreement to avoid a “Grexit.” The Greeks will keep the euro and receive financial support in exchange for implementing a stringent program of reforms by Wednesday at the latest.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras welcomed the deal which avoids a bank collapse in Greece, but now faces a potential political crisis at home. He secured negotiations for a new three-year bailout program and a re-profiling of Greece’s debt, but the Greek parliament was given just 48 hours to approve austerity measures judged harsher than those rejected by Greek voters only last Sunday.

The resolution to the Greek debt crisis â€" if it actually is one â€" also played out over Twitter. The first news that a deal had been reached came from Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, who at 8:39 a.m. simply tweeted:

Hours before, as the Eurogroup meeting ran late into the night, activists from Spain’s leftist “Barcelona en Comú” party started the #ThisIsACoup Twitter hashtag that has since soared to #1 in many European countries.

We profile some of the best tweets from the Greek crisis, starting with French President François Hollande (one of a handful of praising tweets, compared to the flood of negative reactions) and Spain's Podemos Secretary-General Pablo Iglesias Turrion:

An agreement has been found. France was working toward it, wanted it. Greece remains in the Eurozone. Europe has won.

All our support is with the Greek people and their government against the mafiosos

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GREECE

PORTUGAL

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GERMANY

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I have never been proud to be German. But I'd never been particularly ashamed of it either because I was born in 1967. Today I am ashamed.


SPAIN


FRANCE


ITALY

Politicians against strong powers, against international finance and against banks: Tsipras, Iglesias, Grillo, Hitler.

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Green

In Argentina, A Visit To World's Highest Solar Energy Park

With loans and solar panels from China, the massive solar park has been opened a year and is already powering the surrounding areas. Now the Chinese supplier is pushing for an expansion.

960,000 solar panels have been installed at the Cauchari park

Silvia Naishtat


CAUCHARI
— Driving across the border with Chile into the northwest Argentine department of Susques, you may spot what looks like a black mass in the distance. Arriving at a 4,000-meter altitude in the municipality of Cauchari, what comes into view instead is an assembly of 960,000 solar panels. It is the world's highest photovoltaic (PV) park, which is also the second biggest solar energy facility in Latin America, after Mexico's Aguascalientes plant.

Spread over 800 hectares in an arid landscape, the Cauchari park has been operating for a year, and has so far turned sunshine into 315 megawatts of electricity, enough to power the local provincial capital of Jujuy through the national grid.


It has also generated some $50 million for the province, which Governor Gerardo Morales has allocated to building 239 schools.

Abundant sunshine, low temperatures

The physicist Martín Albornoz says Cauchari, which means "link to the sun," is exposed to the best solar radiation anywhere. The area has 260 days of sunshine, with no smog and relatively low temperatures, which helps keep the panels in optimal conditions.

Its construction began with a loan of more than $331 million from China's Eximbank, which allowed the purchase of panels made in Shanghai. They arrived in Buenos Aires in 2,500 containers and were later trucked a considerable distance to the site in Cauchari . This was a titanic project that required 1,200 builders and 10-ton cranes, but will save some 780,000 tons of CO2 emissions a year.

It is now run by 60 technicians. Its panels, with a 25-year guarantee, follow the sun's path and are cleaned twice a year. The plant is expected to have a service life of 40 years. Its choice of location was based on power lines traced in the 1990s to export power to Chile, now fed by the park.

Chinese engineers working in an office at the Cauchari park

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Chinese want to expand

The plant belongs to the public-sector firm Jemse (Jujuy Energía y Minería), created in 2011 by the province's then governor Eduardo Fellner. Jemse's president, Felipe Albornoz, says that once Chinese credits are repaid in 20 years, Cauchari will earn the province $600 million.

The Argentine Energy ministry must now decide on the park's proposed expansion. The Chinese would pay in $200 million, which will help install 400,000 additional panels and generate enough power for the entire province of Jujuy.

The park's CEO, Guillermo Hoerth, observes that state policies are key to turning Jujuy into a green province. "We must change the production model. The world is rapidly cutting fossil fuel emissions. This is a great opportunity," Hoerth says.

The province's energy chief, Mario Pizarro, says in turn that Susques and three other provincial districts are already self-sufficient with clean energy, and three other districts would soon follow.

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