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Despite opposition, Ireland passes bill to expand abortion access

By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) – Four lawmakers from Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s party came out on Tuesday against a move to legalize abortion under certain conditions but are unlikely to be able to scuttle the measure or threaten his comfortable majority. Kenny’s government is proposing access to abortion…

Greek leftists quit coalition government after public media shutdown

Greece’s moderate Democratic Left party will withdraw from the coalition government, one of the party’s ministers confirmed on Friday after a week-long crisis sparked by the shock closure of the country’s state broadcaster. “Following the party’s decision to withdraw from the government and withdraw its ministers I will table my…

Greek cabinet approves austerity deal amid resignations, general strike

Greece’s cabinet Saturday approved tough austerity measures demanded by EU and IMF creditors after the prime minister warned that a failed debt deal and default would spark “uncontrolled chaos”. The coalition government, hit by defections on Friday, approved the belt-tightening measures on a day that saw renewed street clashes between…

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