Monday, June 18, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
Part Two of The Current
The Greek Election & International Implications - Reuters Journalist
We started this segment with some opinions on the streets of Athens after Sunday's election. The leader of Greece's conservative pro-bailout party says he hopes to form a government as soon as possible after yesterday's crucial -- and close -- general vote.
New Democracy Leader Antonis Samaras is expected to form a coalition with third-place Socialist party PASOK and keep Greece, as he said yesterday, "on its European path and in the eurozone."
The results showed New Democracy won almost 30 percent of the vote compared to 26 percent for the anti-bailout party Syriza, which wanted to cancel Greece's international bailouts and austerity measures.
The narrow race came just six weeks after an inconclusive election on May 6th.
And this morning, world leaders are watching these results closely for clues about not only Greece's future, but all of Europe's. Dina Kyriakidou is Reuters Bureau Chief for Greece and we have reached her in Athens.
The Greek Election & International Implications - Oxfam Canada
Governments around the world were worried about what the Greek election results could mean for the global economy. International leaders fear the debt crisis will spread if not contained. This morning, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is in Mexico for G-20 meetings that will largely focus on the Eurozone crisis. But Greece is not the only country facing crisis. Western African countries are choking with drought. An estimated 18 million people face severe hunger.
The leader of the International Monetary Fund says she's particularly concerned about Niger. Christine Lagarde told The Guardian newspaper: I think more of the little kids from a school in a little village in Niger who get teaching two hours a day, sharing one chair for three of them, and who are very keen to get an education. I have them in my mind all the time. Because I think they need even more help than the people in Athens.
Nick Dearden thinks that's a bit rich. He is director of the Jubilee Debt Campaign in London, UK. We heard from him.
Christine Lagarde's remarks did ignite an important discussion. While the world's attention is captured by the slow-moving financial disaster in Europe what is being forgotten? Our next guest says it's time for the international community to re-focus. Robert Fox is executive director of Oxfam Canada. He was in Ottawa.
This segment was produced by The Current's Kristin Nelson and Lara O'Brien.
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