Magazine article The Spectator

Abroad

Magazine article The Spectator

Abroad

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Syrian forces attacked Homs with shells and mortars, and dozens of civilians and opponents of the government were killed each day. A UN Security Council resolution on Syria, which backed a call from the Arab League for President Bashir al-Assad to stand down, was vetoed by China and Russia, Syria's main ally. Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, visited Syria for talks with its rulers. Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President, said he would head a unity government of the Hamas and Fatah movements; Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, said that this damaged prospects for peace.

Neelie Kroes, the vice-president of the European Commission, said that the eurozone could survive the departure of Greece: 'What is a man overboard?' she said. The Greek government held endless talks about austerity cuts that could gain them help from the European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Greek workers went on strike. Italy experienced shortages of Russian gas as cold temperatures swept over Europe.

Mitsubishi halted car production at its Dutch factory and offered to sell it for one euro. …

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