The Eurogroup welcomes the conclusion of the Troika's second review mission that the adjustment programme is on track. Macroeconomic conditions are developing in line with programme projections, albeit uncertainty remains high. Fiscal consolidation is advancing in line with the agreed consolidation process.
President Vladimir Putin has unleashed a wave of controversy in the Russian media world by naming a news anchorman notorious for his anti-opposition and anti-gay views to head a revamped state news agency. Putin signed a decree dissolving Russia's biggest news agency RIA Novosti, ordering the creation in its place of a new media conglomerate.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich backed a call for talks with the opposition on Monday to end weeks of protests in Kiev, but tension was high with pro-Europe demonstrators barricading their protest camp in preparation for police intervention. As riot police took up new positions in the capital, heavyweight boxing champion turned opposition politician Vitaly Klitschko called on the
South Africa raced Monday to meet the unprecedented logistical challenge of hosting close to 100 world leaders flying in from every corner of the globe for the state funeral of freedom icon Nelson Mandela.“The world literally is coming to South Africa,” said the government’s head of public diplomacy, Clayson Monyela.
Nelson Mandela’s memorial on Tuesday at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium promises to be one of the largest such gatherings in generations. The White House says President Barack Obama will travel to South Africa next week to pay respects, but it didn’t say whether he will attend the memorial or the smaller funeral on Dec. 15 in Mandela’s hometown. If history is a guide, dozens of other presidents, prime ministers and royals are expected to pay their respects. Here is a look at memorials in recent decades that drew the world’s attention — and its leaders.
People across South Africa are commemorating Nelson Mandela with song, tears and prayers as the government prepares funeral ceremonies that will draw leaders and other dignitaries from around the globe.