Magazine article The Spectator

Abroad

Magazine article The Spectator

Abroad

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The conservative New Democracy party gained the most votes in the Greek general election, beating into second place the leftist Syriza, which wanted to repudiate the international deal to sustain Greece in the eurozone. Antonis Samaras, the leader of New Democracy, said that he would seek changes in the terms of the agreement.

Wildfires broke out near Athens. The cost of Spanish ten-year borrowing rose above 7 per cent. In France, the Socialist party won an outright majority.

Pakistan's Supreme Court disqualified Yousuf Raza Gilani, the Prime Minister, from holding office. In Egypt, the Supreme Court ruled that last year's parliamentary elections were unconstitutional, and should be held again. Egypt's Supreme Council of Armed Forces granted itself wide powers and ruled that elections could not be held until a permanent constitution was in place. The Muslim Brotherhood was much annoyed and said that in any case its candidate had won the Egyptian presidential election. …

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