Morsi's deadline, Merkel's change of heart and Afghanistan's peace plan: the morning news in briefby Prospect Team / July 3, 2013 / Leave a comment
Protestors in Cairo have set a deadline for Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s surrender, and that day is today. But last night @MuhammadMorsi issued a defiant tweet to dissenters in an attempt to show them who’s boss: “President Mohamed Morsi reaffirms his commitment to constitutional legitimacy, rejects any attempt to act outside of it, calls on the armed forces to withdraw its warning and rejects any domestic and foreign dictates,” it read. In a televised speech streamed online, Morsi continued to stand his ground, employing the word “legitimacy” 57 times.
Meanwhile, 16 were killed as Cairo University turned into a battleground. The New York Times Lede blog is covering the events on a live feed. The Obama administration has taken a back seat in the conflict, despite the fact that Washington has invested $1.5 billion dollars in the Muslim Brotherhood.
Today in Berlin, a youth unemployment conference of European leaders aims to save a “lost generation.” The EU plans to throw six billion euros at the problem over the next two years. The 20-strong group will discuss how to best spend the money. Some critics are skeptical of Merkel’s intentions. The Chancellor has been steadfastly pro-austerity until now, with many pointing to her September re-election bid as the catalyst for this sudden change of tune. The summit is “nice for Merkel, two and a half months before the election,” said economist Holger Schmieding.
As part of the Government’s Deregulation Bill, six week summer holidays are to be scrapped from 2015 as part of a larger scheme to cut red tape in public services. As the debate around summer holidays started taking root last year, Sonia Sodha reflected on her research on the topic in Prospect.
The Afghan war could end “in weeks” if only Pakistan wanted it to, says Afghan Army General Sher Mohammad Karimi. In an interview broadcast this morning, the General told the BBC’s Hard Talk that the two governments ought to be working together to fight the Taliban. “Pakistan is suffering internally from terrorists as much as I do,” he said. But, he insisted, “the “Taliban are under their (Islamabad’s) control.”
In the House of Commons yesterday, David Cameron said much the same when he reflected on…