Standort: / Meldung: "Greece on the brink?"

Kate Farmer

Cutting to the chase

30. 6. 2015 - 15:15

Greece on the brink?

Reality Check: Greece in arrears, migration with dignity, Hungary's illiberal democracy, the colour of butterflies

We've been talking about "crunch time" for Greece for a week now, and each day the actual "crunch" seems to be postponed. Now all eyes are on the referendum on Sunday, in which Greeks will vote yes or no - although it's not altogether clear exactly what they will be saying "yes" or "no" to. According to political scientist, Melanie Sully, the question is complicated and unwieldy, and related to documents no-one has had a chance to read.

Athens "no" campaign


The "no" supporters turned out in force for the demonstration in Athens last night

In the meantime, today, Greece will not pay the money it owes to the International Monetary Fund, but instead of this being called a "default", it's now being called "arrears". The subtle difference is that "arrears" usually just means a payment is late, while "default" usually means that several payments have been missed, and the lending is calling in the whole debt.

In the case of Greece, going into "arrears" will not have any immediate effect.

EU politics expert, Emmanuel Sigalas, explains why the game is still very much on, and passing the IMF deadline is but such a big deal as we might have thought.

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As frantic talks continue, political scientist, Melanie Sully looks at the planned referendum to be held in Greece on Sunday.

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The average elevation in Kiribati is just 2 metres above sea level.

Migration with Dignity

Kiribati is an isyllic Pacific island paradise. The only problem is, that with rising ocean levels, much of it will soon be under water, and a large number of its 100,000 residents will be homeless.

However, the government is not waiting to become the focus of another refugee crisis. John Cummins finds out about the scheme to prepare the people for an organised, migration to places where they will find work and a new future.

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An illiberal democracy

New York University Law professor Stephen Holmes gives his views on how Hungary's Prime Minister, Victor Orban, has succeeded in implementing his "illiberal democracy".

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 Monarch butterfly  Monarch butterfly


Butterflies have structural, rather than chemical colours, and so never fade

The colour of butterflies

Butterflies fascinate with their vibrant colours that never change of fade.

Professor Andrew Parker, Research Leader in Life Sciences at the Natural History Museum in London, explains why the structural colour system found in butterflies and other insects could provide the key to a brighter and greener future.

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