Why did Greece just call snap elections?

Why did Greece just call snap elections?

Well I think probably that Tsipras was forced to go earlier. There was supposed to be elections anyhow in the autumn. But in view of the big losses that they took in the European, the local, and regional elections he said let's shorten the period of agony. Now July the 7th will see an election campaign is always uncertain but it's most likely that there will be a change of government.

Did the Russian press really unite around Ivan Golunov and get him released?

Yes, it was rather remarkable. I was in Moscow it was really the talk of the town and the fact that several newspapers went out public in a big way. It was unheard of and the authorities had to back down in a way that was rather remarkable. This will have repercussions positively.

America's internet giants are being pulled into political fights right and left these days. Speech – what can be said, and who can say it – is increasingly at the center of those controversies. Consider these two stories from opposite sides of the world:

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Italy's prime minister resigns – Giuseppe Conte, the caretaker prime minister appointed to mediate an uneasy governing alliance between Italy's anti-establishment 5Star Movement and the right-wing Lega party, resigned on Tuesday. Rather than wait for a no-confidence vote triggered by the rightwing Lega Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, Conte stepped down on his own terms. Salvini, who's popularity has been rising, had hoped that by triggering snap elections he could get himself appointed prime minister, will now have to wait for Italy's president, Sergio Mattarella, to decide what comes next. While Lega and smaller right-wing allies want a new vote, center and left-wing parties are apparently working to see if they can form a majority coalition – perhaps including 5Star -- that would allow Mattarella to appoint a new government without fresh elections. We're watching to see how the dust settles in Europe's third-biggest economy.

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300: The US tested a new medium-range cruise missile on Sunday that flew more than 300 miles. This marks the first time the US has tested a weapon that would have violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a Cold War era pact that was officially abandoned three weeks ago, sparking fears of a new global arms race.

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