Greek prime minister elect Kyriakos Mitsotakis said “the country proudly raises its head again” after his conservative party won Sunday’s election. Photo: Giannis Papanikos / Shutterstock
Deutsche Bank slashes jobs, US-UK diplomatic row, French right-to-die controversy, Ocasio-Cortez likened to Evita. Delano’s breakfast briefing.
Conservatives win in Greece
With around 88% of districts having returned results in elections in Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s conservative New Democracy has 39.8% of the vote, the BBC reports. Radical prime minister Alexis Tsipras conceded defeat to Mitsotakis, who was cited by The Guardian as saying “society wants us to move forward united.” Reuters reckons the vote was driven by “fatigue with years of European Union-enforced belt-tightening.” But the FT warns that the former McKinsey consultant has plenty to do and will have to earn the eurozone’s trust in order to get Greece back on the road to recovery. “New Democracy’s performance in earlier bailouts was miserable,” the FT says. The far-right Golden Dawn party looks likely to fall short of the 3% required to enter parliament.
Rapinoe defiant as US lifts World Cup
USA beat the Netherlands 2-0 in the final of the Women’s World Cup on Sunday afternoon at the end of a tournament that has captured the world’s imagination. But the match was not without its political edge. Reuters reports on boos for FIFA boss Gianni Infantino and French president Emmanuel Macron. The Guardian reports that chants for “equal pay” rang out around the Stade de Lyon after the match, and team USA icon Megan Rapinoe said the “conversation [has] to move to the next step.” Rapinoe-- who won the Golden Boot as top scorer and the player of the tournament award--has been at odds with Donald Trump and fans in a bar in France could be heard shouting “fuck Trump” during a live broadcast by Fox News.
Trump hits back at UK ambassador
US president Donald Trump said on Sunday that Britain’s ambassador to Washington, Sir Kim Darroch, had “not served the UK well” The Daily Mail reports. The backlash follows leaked secret memos in which the ambassador described Trump’s administration as “uniquely dysfunctional” and “inept”, says CBS. A formal investigation is under way, The Guardian reports. Meanwhile, Nigel Farage has reiterated his call for Darroch to be replaced, calling him “globalist in outlook, totally opposed to the Trump doctrine.” Farage was reportedly interested in the job when Trump entered the White House, and Trump has said he would be a great ambassador, The Spectator says.
Deutsche Bank to slash jobs
CNBC reports that Deutsche Bank has announced it will cut some 18,000 jobs from its worldwide staff of around 74,000 by 2022. Reuters says the areas that the bank wishes to focus on after restructuring “are already fiercely competitive and undergoing sweeping technological changes.”
Fresh Hong Kong protests
Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters marched through an area of Hong Kong that the BBC says is popular with mainland Chinese tourists on Sunday. Reuters says six protestors were arrested.
Father calls right-to-die decision murder
The 90-year old father of Vincent Lambert, the patient at the centre of a right-to-die case in France, says the decision to remove his life support is murder, France 24 reports via AFP. Medical staff at the hospital in Reims began removing Lambert from life support after a ruling by France’s highest appeals court.
Trump likens Ocasio-Cortez to Evita
Remarks by Donald Trump about New York congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez liken her to Eva Peron, the popular but controversial First Lady of Argentina, The Guardian reports. In a book by Politico writer Tim Alberta, Trump is cited as saying that although he thinks Ocasio-Cortez “knows nothing”, he admits she has “a certain talent.”
Would be astronaut dies in road accident
Mandla Maseko from Pretoria in South Africa, touted to be the first black African man in space, died in a motorbike accident on Saturday, the BBC reports.
Today’s breakfast briefing was written by Duncan Roberts