Weary Greeks vote for more of the same

After a record low turnout in Greece’s snap election clearly returned Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Syriza party to power, nothing much has, really, changed.

As Amanda Dardanis at Mashable wonders: Is the country that invented drama now fed up with it?

On the line on Sunday: very little indeed. After months of hardship, Greece has already reluctantly accepted a bailout that would slash the country’s budget and reduce everything from retirement pensions to schools to farming to social services. Those who voted for the Syriza party — which promised the cuts would never happen — have before already realized their dream has failed and their principles won’t be upheld again.

Mark Whitehouse at Bloomberg reports on one “glimmer of hope” for the Greek economy.

Data from the Greek central bank — which records a liability for every euro that leaves the country’s banking system — suggest that the end of the standoff has at least brought a bit of relief. During the year through June, during which the left-leaning Syriza came to power and clashed with European creditors, outflows amounted to more than 77 billion euros, equivalent to more than 40 percent of Greece’s annual economic output. In July and August, after a bailout deal was reached, the flow reversed: About 6 billion euros came back in.



Pope Francis heads to the US this week for a long-awaited and logistically-challenging visit that looks set to ruffle some Conservative feathers. At the weekend in Cuba, the Pontiff met with Fidel Castro in a 30-minute meeting at Castro’s home which was described as “friendly and informal.” The Pope arrives in Washington DC on Tuesday.

In other spiritual leader news, with EU leaders preparing for more urgent talks on the refugee crisis, the Church of England‘s Archbishop of Canterbury has offered part of his official London residence to refugees.

But I guess you can’t please everyone.

Meanwhile, this is a particularly moving story from the BBC of one man’s experience.

Britain‘s Liberal Democrats, their parliamentary presence decimated in May’s general election, are holding their annual conference in Bournemouth. Former leader Nick Clegg, widely criticized for his role in the previous coalition government, will give a speech on Monday afternoon warning of the consequences of leaving the EU.

For Prime Minister David Cameron, though, it’s probably going to be quite a long day.

And, sure enough…

and, sigh, brilliantly NSFW:





With British Chancellor George Osborne visiting China, it was announced that a deal had been agreed for Beijing to invest in Britain’s nuclear power generating facilities.

Even though the Chinese seemed to think the announcement would come later…

Shares in Volkswagen tumbled at the open amid fallout from news that the automaker apologized for “breaking customer trust” over emissions data.



Viola Davis became the first African-American actress to win an Emmy for a lead role in a drama series.



Britain are in the final of tennis’s Davis Cup for the first time since 1978 after Andy Murray led the team to semi-final victory over Australia in Glasgow. Belgium will host Britain in the final in November.

America’s women golfers turned around their anger over a controversial conceded putt to sensationally win the Solheim Cup in Germany.

Congratulations to Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Rea who became the world super bike champion.

Finally, after an exciting opening weekend for the Rugby World Cup tournament, Japan’s historic upset victory over South Africa is still resonating.




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