Matteo Renzi's proposed reforms would have made it easier for eurosceptic forces within Italy to gain power in upcoming elections in 2018.
It's hard to imagine many other countries putting up with a 25 per cent decline in GDP, a 26 per cent unemployment rate and 35 per cent salary cuts without a revolution and a public lynching of their elected officials.
Greece has missed the deadline to pay €1.5bn to the International Monetary Fund, putting the country into arrears, while eurozone ministers refuse to extend its bailout.
The Greek PM Alexis Tsipras has made a dramatic bid for a financial lifeline.
It's a Yes or Not Accepted question.
Makes you proud to be British.
While queueing at a cash point after hardly any sleep amid last night's drama, the Athens-based teacher Evel Economakis still believes his country will hang on in the eurozone.
Is Syriza simply looking to take Greece from a deal-making cliffhanger to plain-sailing for the middle classes who had stability and prospects before the crash?
One person is dead and several are reported wounded at the site of a suspected terrorist attack near Lyon.
Will the EU's contemplation of Australia's "solution" to the migration crisis, denying all those rescued at sea the right to settle, end in "shameful consequences"?
Unlike voters in Greece, Spain or Ireland, the Portuguese are not turning to left-wing parties – even the moderate mainstream left is failing to turn Portugal’s hardships to its advantage.
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