Liberal democracies http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/27620/all en Soccer-Ghana's Cup hopes in peril with Mali test http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/soccer-ghanas-cup-hopes-peril-mali-test <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Mark Gleeson</p> <p>DURBAN, South Africa, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Ghana's hopes at the African Nations Cup finals could be in severe peril if they fail to get a result against Mali in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.</p> <p>Ghana, who squandered a two-goal lead against the Democratic Republic of Congo in their opening match, face a Mali side that top Group B after beating Niger 1-0 on Sunday.</p> <p>Mali will also have the psychological advantage after they beat the Black Stars in the third place play-off at the last Nations Cup in 2012.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/soccer-ghanas-cup-hopes-peril-mali-test" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Liberal democracies Member states of the African Union Member states of the United Nations Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 03:30:30 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738655 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Cape Verde, Ghana 0-0 at half-time http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/football-cape-verde-ghana-0-0-at-half-time <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Cape Verde and Ghana were drawing 0-0 at half-time Saturday in an Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.</p> <p>dl/cw</p> Africa Economic Community of West African States Liberal democracies AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 16:30:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744045 at http://www.globalpost.com Croatia to invest seven billion euros in tourism by 2020 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/croatia-invest-seven-billion-euros-tourism-2020 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Croatia plans to invest 7 billion euros ($9 billion) in tourism by 2020 in a bid to reach the world's top-twenty list of attractive holiday destinations, a minister said Wednesday.</p> <p>Around one third of the amount would be invested in the construction of new hotels and resorts, mostly on Croatia's popular Adriatic coast, as well as into renewing existing structures such as camps or ports, Tourism Minister Veljko Ostojic said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/croatia-invest-seven-billion-euros-tourism-2020" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Liberal democracies Member states of the Union for the Mediterranean Member states of the United Nations AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 16:31:34 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747756 at http://www.globalpost.com Summer in swanky Uruguay resort clouded by currency crunch http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130208/summer-swanky-uruguay-resort-clouded-currency-crunch <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Majority of tourists come from neighboring Argentina</p> <p>* Argentines pay a premium for black-market dollars</p> <p>* Sales, hotel occupancy down this summer</p> <p>By Malena Castaldi</p> <p>PUNTA DEL ESTE, Uruguay, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Every summer, Argentines flock to Uruguay's glamorous Punta del Este beach resort to get tanned and be seen. But this season, currency controls in Argentina are keeping some visitors away and forcing others to tighten their belts.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130208/summer-swanky-uruguay-resort-clouded-currency-crunch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Liberal democracies Member states of Mercosur Member states of the Union of South American Nations Social Issues Thomson Reuters Fri, 08 Feb 2013 17:01:08 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5750314 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Croatia, Serbia ban away fans for qualifiers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/football-croatia-serbia-ban-away-fans-qualifiers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Away fans will be banned from both World Cup qualifying matches between Croatia and Serbia, the two football federations announced on Thursday.</p> <p>The former enemies took the joint decision in a bid to avoid crowd trouble at the games in Zagreb and Belgrade.</p> <p>"It was decided that there will be no organized travel of visiting squads' fans for the next two Group A qualifying matches between Croatia and Serbia," the federations said in a joint statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/football-croatia-serbia-ban-away-fans-qualifiers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Football in Croatia Liberal democracies AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:10:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5755817 at http://www.globalpost.com Hungary, Slovakia promise dialogue over minorities http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/hungary-slovakia-promise-dialogue-over-minorities <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The presidents of Hungary and Slovakia pledged Tuesday increased dialogue to resolve differences over minority rights, in the first visit to Hungary by a Slovakian head of state in nine years.</p> <p>"Although quarrels persist, we have taken an important step to make them disappear," Hungarian President Janos Ader said after his meeting with Slovakian counterpart Ivan Gasparovic in Budapest.</p> <p>Gasparovic for his part said that ethnic minorities enrich countries and that Hungarians and Slovaks should get better acquainted.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/hungary-slovakia-promise-dialogue-over-minorities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Landlocked countries Liberal democracies Social Issues AFP Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:16:26 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5760017 at http://www.globalpost.com Russian tourists boost Spain's tourism sector http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223/russian-tourists-boost-spains-tourism-sector <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Big-spending Russian tourists are flocking to Spain's beaches and famous landmarks in ever greater numbers, providing a much-needed boost to the recession-hit country's key tourism industry.</p> <p>They are drawn by the country's mix of pleasant weather, sandy beaches, historic monuments and cultural attractions such as the Prado museum in Madrid and Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223/russian-tourists-boost-spains-tourism-sector" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Labor Law Liberal democracies Member states of NATO Member states of the European Union Social Issues AFP Sun, 24 Feb 2013 04:00:56 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5764697 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Bulgaria president calls May election after protests http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130228/update-1-bulgaria-president-calls-may-election-after-protests <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Election due May 12 after government resigned</p> <p>* Bulgarians angry at low living standards, high power bills</p> <p>* Election will almost certainly mean hung parliament</p> <p>* New government will be under pressure to spend more (Adds president's comment, context on living standards)</p> <p>By Tsvetelia Tsolova and Sam Cage</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130228/update-1-bulgaria-president-calls-may-election-after-protests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Government Liberal democracies Politics Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Thu, 28 Feb 2013 09:00:27 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5769430 at http://www.globalpost.com Croatia, Slovenia find solution over bank row: PM http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/croatia-slovenia-find-solution-over-bank-row-pm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Croatia and Slovenia have agreed on how to resolve a long-standing banking row that has threatened to hold up Zagreb's EU admission, Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said here on Thursday.</p> <p>"We have agreed with our Slovenian colleagues to bring the story on (Croatia's EU treaty) ratification to an end," Milanovic told a government session.</p> <p>"Now we have effectively removed this obstacle for our EU entry" which is due to take place in July, he added. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/croatia-slovenia-find-solution-over-bank-row-pm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe International relations Liberal democracies AFP Thu, 07 Mar 2013 13:00:57 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5776036 at http://www.globalpost.com Czechs sell 44% of flagship carrier CSA to Korean Air http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/czechs-sell-44-flagship-carrier-csa-korean-air <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Czech government on Wednesday approved the sale of a 44-percent stake in the troubled national carrier Czech Airlines (CSA) to Korean Air, Prime Minister Petr Necas told reporters.</p> <p>"We consider this a very important step to enable the development of both CSA and the Prague airport," Necas said.</p> <p>Korean Air, which is to pay 2.64 million euros ($3.44 million) for the shareholding, was expected to finalise its purchase on April 9.</p> <p>Last year, global auditors Ernst&amp;Young estimated the value of the Czech Republic's 95.7-percent stake in CSA at 5.8 million euros.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/czechs-sell-44-flagship-carrier-csa-korean-air" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Czech Airlines Liberal democracies SkyTeam Social Issues Technology Transport AFP Wed, 13 Mar 2013 12:45:36 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5782157 at http://www.globalpost.com Greece seeks buyers for local units of Cypriot banks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130316/cypriot-banks-transfer-greek-units-greek-owners-sources <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ATHENS (Reuters) - Athens has started exploring local lenders' interest in taking over the Greek units of Cypriot banks, as part of the island's international bailout agreed earlier on Saturday, Greece's finance minister said.</p> <p>Cypriot banks will receive the bulk of the 10 billion euros (8.6 billion pounds) that Nicosia will get from euro zone countries to stave off bankruptcy. Unlike in previous bailouts for other nations, the rescue package is co-funded by levies on bank deposits.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130316/cypriot-banks-transfer-greek-units-greek-owners-sources" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Bulgarian Postbank Liberal democracies Political geography Thomson Reuters Sat, 16 Mar 2013 15:00:12 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5785371 at http://www.globalpost.com Cyprus rescue not applicable to other countries - Spain source http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130316/cyprus-rescue-not-applicable-other-countries-spain-source <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MADRID (Reuters) - Europe's rescue of Cyprus, partly funded by bank deposits, is not applicable to other euro zone countries, according to an economy ministry source in Spain, whose own financial sector needed European aid last year.</p> <p>"Cyprus's situation and this agreement cannot be extrapolated to any other country in the euro zone," the source said on Saturday.</p> <p>"It's a positive deal because it resolves the problem of Cyprus and at the same time gives a clear message about the stability and sustainability of the euro."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130316/cyprus-rescue-not-applicable-other-countries-spain-source" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Liberal democracies Political geography Thomson Reuters Sat, 16 Mar 2013 17:45:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5785477 at http://www.globalpost.com Greece 'ready' to absorb Cyprus bank subsidiaries: minister http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/greece-ready-absorb-cyprus-bank-subsidiaries-minister-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Athens was "ready" to absorb the subsidiaries of three Cyprus banks active in Greece, the Greek finance minister said as the eurozone sought to amend a controversial levy on the island nation's bank deposits.</p> <p>"We stand ready to take over the assets and liabilities of Cypriot branches in Greece," Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras said late on Monday.</p> <p>Cypriot bank subsidiaries in Greece are exempt from the levy, Stournaras added.</p> <p>There are three Cypriot banks with subsidiaries in Greece: the Bank of Cyprus, the Hellenic Bank and the Cyprus Popular Bank (CPB).</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/greece-ready-absorb-cyprus-bank-subsidiaries-minister-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Liberal democracies Political geography Technology AFP Tue, 19 Mar 2013 10:16:59 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5787556 at http://www.globalpost.com Greece 'ready' to absorb Cyprus bank subsidiaries: minister http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/greece-ready-absorb-cyprus-bank-subsidiaries-minister-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Athens was "ready" to absorb the subsidiaries of three Cyprus banks active in Greece, the Greek finance minister said as the eurozone sought to amend a controversial levy on the island nation's bank deposits.</p> <p>"We stand ready to take over the assets and liabilities of Cypriot branches in Greece," Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras said late on Monday.</p> <p>Cypriot bank subsidiaries in Greece are exempt from the levy, Stournaras added.</p> <p>Greek stocks dropped 2.87 percent in midday trade with bank shares down 5.56 percent.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/greece-ready-absorb-cyprus-bank-subsidiaries-minister-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Greece Liberal democracies Political geography Technology AFP Tue, 19 Mar 2013 11:15:52 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5787622 at http://www.globalpost.com Cypriot "no" inspires Greeks to rail against austerity http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130320/cypriot-no-inspires-greeks-rail-against-austerity <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Harry Papachristou</p> <p>ATHENS (Reuters) - Greeks and opposition parties inspired by the Cypriot rejection of an unpopular bailout deal urged Athens on Wednesday to stand up to foreign lenders whose demands have resulted in repeated rounds of austerity that have made Greek life a misery.</p> <p>Cyprus's parliament on Tuesday rejected a levy on bank deposits demanded in return for aid, raising the spectre of a default for the island nation that could mean enduring wave after wave of spending cuts and tax rises, just like Greece.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130320/cypriot-no-inspires-greeks-rail-against-austerity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Liberal democracies Political geography War Thomson Reuters Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:30:20 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5788829 at http://www.globalpost.com