Magazine article The Spectator

Abroad

Magazine article The Spectator

Abroad

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The Greek parliament voted for new austerity measures in order to secure a new?130 billion bailout from the European Central Bank, the EU and the International Monetary Fund. Parties in the ruling coalition expelled 43 MPs from their parties for voting against the scheme.

In Athens 48 buildings were burnt down and 150 shops looted by rioters as tens of thousands protested against the agreement.

Eurozone negotiators proved reluctant to agree to payment. Moody's gave France and Austria the same negative outlook as Britain, reduced the credit ratings of Italy and Spain to A3 and downgraded those of Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Malta.

Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Council and Jose Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, visited Beijing to seek help for the eurozone from Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier. A ram and a doe that had become inseparable were married in a Valentine's Day ceremony at Yunnan Provincial Wildlife Park.

Homs came under shelling from Syrian government forces. …

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