- Entrepreneurial Russians are looking for ways to get around the curbs on withdrawals and money transfers in Cyprus. According to one Russian lawyer, “If you have an account not just for yourself but for your wife, your mother, your father, your children, you can disperse the money between all the accounts of your relatives and little by little you can start moving it away”.
- Nicolas Véron argues that the Cyprus bailout now cancels out some of the mistakes in last week’s package. However, the damage has already been done: Ben Hall, our Europe news editor, explains how the Cyprus has hurt the eurozone.
- Pervez Musharraf was only greeted by a few hundred supporters on his arrival in Pakistan, a sign of the scepticism around self-proclaimed returning saviours.
- Gideon Rachman looks the the imbalance between German strength and consistency, and the weakness of other European countries: “growing German power – and growing resentment of that power – are now the main themes in European politics. This is a historic irony, given that the main purpose of the whole European project… has been to end for ever the idea that Germany is simply too powerful to coexist comfortably with its neighbours.”
- The BBC looks at why police in Zimbabwe are seizing people’s radios.
- Zanu-PF’s opposition in Zimbabwe needs to accept that the electoral battleground in the coming elections will be uneven and forge ahead with its campaign if its to have any chance of beating President Mugabe’s party, according to Simukai Tinhu.
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