The Huffington Post
28 minutes
It rose one place in 2016, then fell back to 61 in the 2017 rating, where it is below Kosovo, Albania, Rwanda, Serbia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Croatia, and Russia. In Europe only Malta and Bosnia are further behind. The Economic Freedom of the World found that Greece was number 36 in the world in 1980. It was down to 48 in 2000. It was a poor 82 in 2010. Alas, it has kept on falling, to 84 in 2013 and 86 a year later, the last year for which figures are available. Greece comes in at 92 on business regulations, 129 on overall regulation, 142 on size of government, and 143 on labor market regulations. In fact, Nikos Filippidis of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently wrote that economic sentiment and consumer confidence have dropped "to the lowest level recorded since September 2013." Greece needs to free its people to be entrepreneurial.
The Huffington Post
28 minutes
ATHENS, GREECE--Constitution Square has been uncommonly quiet. When looking at the parliament building from my hotel window last month all I could see were cars and pedestrians. The crowds of demonstrators, so common in recent years as the Euro crisis enveloped one of Europe's poorer states, were absent. But maybe not for long. Athens and its creditors are at loggerheads again. When I spoke with the Defense and Foreign Ministers in early December, the conversations focused on Turkey's crisis, negotiations to reunify Cyprus, and security cooperation with America. The first was beyond Greece's control. The second has been a political football for more than four decades. The third has been a positive constant for years, with the current left-wing Syriza Party government as friendly to the U.S. as any right-leaning administration. However, with Syriza lagging in the polls, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras recently pushed through a pension boost and VAT suspension which, in Europe's view, violated the 2015 bailout, worth $92 billion (the value depends on changing exchange rates), by European institutions and the International Monetary Fund.
BBC News 24
an hour
If something is broke, you stop and you fix it. That is the Sinn Fein approach. But they refused to put forward a name, so ending the power-sharing Government. What does all this mean - uncertainty for Northern Ireland. Without an Executive, key areas of government will be stalled and then, most importantly, there's Brexit. Where will be the Northern Ireland voice when crucial decisions are taken? We are in a very grave situation going into this election and the timing of it, when Northern Ireland has no budget agreed, when we are facing into Brexit and when we're also coming to the end of the financial year is possibly the worst time that we could be entering into this kind of disarray.
BBC News 24
an hour
Voice Of America
an hour
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence began their first day in charge of the U.S. government by attending an interfaith prayer service at Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, where the clergy spoke of compassion and diversity. The service began with calls to prayer by the cathedral's canon, the Reverend Rosemarie Duncan; a Jewish cantor, Mikhail Manevich, and Muslim Imam Mohamed Magid. The cathedral's dean, the Very Reverend Marshall Hollerith, then read from the Book of Common Prayer: "Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love.” Leaders of about two dozen religious faiths took part in the service, a U.S. tradition dating back to the country's first president, George Washington. Trump and Pence were joined by their families as well.
BBC News 24
an hour
John Sudworth, BBC News, Beijing. To Syria now, where the United Nations says 40,000 people have returned to their homes in the east of Aleppo, the city devastated by years of civil war. Most are living on aid, in very difficult conditions. Syria's largest city became a major battleground in the summer of 2012, but after four years of bloody conflict, government forces cut off the rebels' supply lines and they were able to take full control at the end of last year.
BBC News 24
an hour
Crisis at Stormont, as Northern Ireland's power-sharing Executive collapses, forcing new elections. Gavin Hewitt reports on fears of a return to the shadows of the past. What does all this mean - uncertainty for Northern Ireland, without an Executive, key areas of Government will be stalled.
Ruptly TV
an hour
The Herald
an hour
The Herald
an hour
The Herald
an hour
The Herald
an hour
IN the event of a nuclear war between the Soviet Union and the west, key members of the British Government would have survived on ships specially built by Caledonian MacBrayne as 'floating nuclear bunkers', and hidden along the Scottish coast and in lochs.
The Herald
an hour
Daily Express - Finance
an hour
INFLATION will smash past the Government’s limit and hit 3.1 per cent by the end of March, according to the respected EY ITEM Club think tank.
Daily Express
2 hours
ENGINEERS, nurses, welders and even ballet dancers will be the first in line for visas to work in Britain under plans being considered by the Government to plug any skills gaps post-Brexit.
Sky News
2 hours
Also that this government has done badly with apprenticeships and they will really have to raise their game. I finally want to end on that cartoon. That is all we have got time for. Leaving the White House, and the comment there, the banners have removed all the hairdressers.
Sky News
2 hours
What is your end state, does he have a good chance? I think he has a very good chance, Nigel Farage was 747 on losing opportunities to get into Parliament and Paul Nuttall needs to try and get in there as the leader of the organisation and more trouble for Labour if you look at another by-election in Cumbria, it is possible that the government could win that by-election would be the first time in about 35 years that an existing government is won by-election when normally it goes on the other direction.
Sky News
2 hours
I would imagine it will go through in the final analysis, quite quickly, then we will get some really interesting stuff when it goes to the House of Lords, there is potential for more trouble for the government there. Let's move on, the theme of British politics, having spoken about American politics, this is the front of the Sunday Telegraph and this is Paul Nuttall, and you itch leader of Ukip is going to stand on one of the upcoming by-elections.
Sky News
2 hours
It is a very short Bill and what the suggestion will be is that some backbenchers will amend it, put in some changes and the bill would probably just say, the government has the authority to trigger article 50 and the amendments would be all those other issues. The Labour Party is in the state of disarray about it. They have a suggestion that although Jeremy Corbyn says that people will not vote against it, he really has a problem with some of his backbenchers because it is clear that some of them will be difficult over triggering article 50.
The Free Thought Project
2 hours
Voice Of America
2 hours
The United States said Saturday it will not send a delegation to preliminary Syrian peace talks next week in the Kazakh capital, Astana, and will instead send a leading diplomatic observer. Citing demands of the U.S. presidential transition, the State Department said U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan George Krol will attend the talks, which were organized without U.S. input by Syrian ally Russia, as well as Turkey and Iran. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said his government is ready to "discuss everything" at the talks, which begin Monday, while rebel factions say they will limit their focus to enforcement of an ongoing truce and humanitarian issues. Rebels have also made it clear they will not yet enter into negotiations on a political solution to the crisis. Further complicating peace efforts, the dominant al-Qaida-linked militancy Fatah al-Sham, which will not participate in the talks, called them a "conspiracy.
Daily Mail - Home
2 hours
Millions of homeowners were persuaded to sign up to a Government scheme with the promise of cheaper bills by making homes more energy efficient but experts say homes were not suitable.
Sky News
2 hours
We just got a glimpse there of tomorrow morning's Sunday Times. Their main story around claims that Downing Street covered up a problem with the nuclear missile tests. Tell us more about what they are saying in that article and how is the government responding? The Sunday Times reports that back in June last year there was a test of Trident missiles, or a Trident missile, off the coast of Florida, and it all went wrong according to the Sunday Times.
The Huffington Post
3 hours
Like many others, I found myself alarmed and concerned last November as the country elected a reality TV-star president and put into place a single-party government. The system of checks and balances I've always trusted to keep the country running within generally accepted boundaries is gone and now, we, the citizens, must act as the checks and balances. Family values, personal liberties and civil rights are at stake. I want to close my eyes and click my heels and think "there's no place like home" in hope that someone will return me to a kinder, gentler reality, but I know that wishing or waiting for someone else to act is not going to be enough. You may not think of yourself as a political activist, but after the recent election, you may be feeling the need to protect your right and values. We all hear the calls to action: "Roll your sleeves up! Get your hands dirty!" But what exactly does that mean? Where do we start? To find the answers, I attended a non-partisan, public meeting, "Resistance Forum: Planning a Way Forward in a New Policy Era," hosted by Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach .