The announcements made by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras regarding the so-called “new welfare state” on Wednesday do not make up for the losses that have been suffered by citizens on the lower end of the pension scale following the complete or partial cut of the special EKAS benefit.
Turkey is in the grips of an extremely complex crisis. For starters, it’s extremely difficult to figure out what exactly happened and what is currently at stake. There is a lot going on behind the scenes, in the dark.
Swimmers on the Olympic refugee team Rami Anis (r) and Yusra Mardini talk after practice at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium ahead of the Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday. Both athletes made the treacherous journey across the Aegean Sea to Greece on rubber boats to flee war-torn Syria. [Charlie Riedel/AP]