The path to war?
The fallout of the crisis in Greece and the Tunisian massacre continues to dominate the news this week...
The fallout of the crisis in Greece and the Tunisian massacre continues to dominate the news this week. EU leaders have finally lost patience with Alexis Tsipras, who looked close to making a compromise on the bailout deal but then appeared on national television urging his country to vote ‘no’ in the bailout referendum on Sunday – leading the Eurozone finance ministers to break off talks until after the results come out. The Greek PM was less than impressed, describing EU leaders as “extremist conservative forces” trying to blackmail his country. For David Cameron, the chaos over the last week may give him hope that the EU will try to avoid such a mess again, perhaps making them more malleable to UK demands to reform its position in the EU.
Meanwhile, the Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is pushing for a vote on whether the UK should be allowed to bomb ISIS in Syria, arguing attacks such as that in Tunisia are likely to have been planned in the country. Although the Government has no proof of any link between the attack and Syrian extremists, it will be looking to find one to give weight to the argument. This has more than a whiff of the Iraq War about it, but times have moved on since the last vote on Syrian action, with the situation much worse now. It will take a while to gauge how the new Parliament feels about this, but Fallon’s comments show he has calculated that a Conservative majority, plus an indecisive opposition, could help push this through this time.