Two main stories dominate today’s papers.
The first is the aftermath of the beach shootings in Sousse. Several of the media have stories from the victims.
The Mail gives a minute by minute run-down of the killer’s movements
The Sunday Times reports that three members of the same family were named as victims.
The Guardian’s latest is to confirm the number of Britons so far identified in the shooting as 15.
The Independent claims tourism was the real target during the massacre in Sousse
The Sun has a personal story from a teenager who lost three members of his family.
Breitbart reports the Prime minister’s confirmation that more Britons would be identified among the 38 fatalities in the attack.
The Telegraph profiles the gunman Seifeddine Rezgui, saying he ‘mixed a devotion for Isil with passion for Real Madrid football team’.
The Express warns that new terror attacks can be expected today, the first anniversary of Islamic State setting up its so-called caliphate in Syria and Iraq.
The Mail includes a column by Nigel Farage in which he calls for defence of our borders and cities.
The other major story is the prospect of Greece crashing out of the euro after the Eurogroup refused to give the Greek government any more bail-out money.
The BBC reports that the Greek government has backed the Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, after he called for a referendum on the bailout package offered by the Eurozone.
The 5 July referendum was called by PM Alexis Tsipras, who opposes further budget cuts. He urged voters to deliver a “resounding ‘no'” to the package.
Eurozone partners have criticised Greece’s referendum announcement, and rejected its request to extend the bailout programme beyond 30 June.
Greece could default on a €1.6bn (£1.1bn) repayment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) due on that day.
There are fears the country may leave the euro and that its economy may collapse without new bailout funds.
Mr Tsipras’ motion on a referendum easily won backing in the 300-member strong parliament, with at least 179 MPs voting in favour of it in the early hours of Sunday.
Speaking just before the vote, Mr Tsipras described the creditors’ proposal as “an insulting ultimatum” and said an emphatic “no” vote on 5 July would strengthen Greece’s negotiating position.
Breitbart also comments on the country’s referendum.
The question to be put before voters is whether or not the country is willing to submit to the conditions being demanded by the International Monetary Fund, European Union and European Central Bank.
Greece’s radical-left prime minister has announced a snap referendum in a last-ditch attempt to get the country’s European creditors to drop their bailout demands and secure the country’s precarious eurozone future. Alexis Tsipras called the shock vote, to be held on on July 5, having spent Friday night in an emergency meeting with his cabinet.
Speaking to Greek television in a dramatic address in the early hours of Saturday morning, Mr Tsipras said he would support a ‘No’ vote.
“[Our creditors’] proposals, which clearly violate the European rules and the basic rights to work, equality and dignity show that the purpose of some of the partners and institutions was not a viable agreement for all parties, but possibly the humiliation of an entire people,” said the prime minister.
“But I personally pledge that I will respect the result of your democratic choice, whatever that may be.”
The Independent also covers the story.
Greece has been pushed closer to an exit from the eurozone after its creditors ruled out an extension to its bailout programme which is set to expire on Tuesday night.
The country is in uncharted waters. With its financial coffers bare, it is entirely reliant on money from its creditors to pay its debts, and a €1.6m (£1.1m) payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is due on Tuesday. Without being able to service its debts, there are fears that it will have to leave the 19-member eurozone and exit the euro.
The sense of a possible disaster was strong as eurozone finance ministers met to try to secure a deal with Greece. In a statement after talks in Brussels, the group said: “Regrettably, despite efforts at all levels and full support of the Eurogroup, this proposal has been rejected by the Greek authorities who broke off the programme negotiations late on 26 June unilaterally.
As does the Guardian.
Europe’s single currency entered the stage of rupture for the first time in its 16-year life on Saturday night when 18 governments told Greece its bailout package would be terminated within days. The country plunged towards financial collapse after its leftwing prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, abandoned negotiations and called a referendum on his lenders’ terms for continuing the lifeline.
An emergency meeting of eurozone finance ministers took place in Brussels on Saturday evening without Greece for the first time since the crisis began in 2010. It turned into a crisis planning session devoted to quarantining Greece and insulating the rest of the eurozone from the impact of anticipated financial mayhem.
The Guardian gives a blow-by-blow commentary as yesterday’s events unfolded.
The weekend’s events threw Europe into weeks of confusion and turbulence as 10 days of intense last-ditch attempts to salvage an agreement between Greece and its creditors collapsed. Tsipras accused the country’s creditors of a vengeful act of humiliation against Greece and urged voters to follow him in rejecting the terms imposing more austerity in return for cash in the plebiscite on 5 July. Early on Sunday morning, the parliament in Athens voted in favour of holding the referendum.
The finance ministers refused to extend Greece’s bailout beyond Tuesday, hastening the likelihood of Greece’s ejection from the euro. Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek finance minister, refused to endorse the collective statement and left the meeting.
Tsipras’s gamble, following an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, leaves Europe’s leaders, notably Angela Merkel of Germany and Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, with a stark dilemma – whether to let Greece sink or swim.
And ITV questions the Greek government’s credibility as the country moves closer to exiting the Euro.
Eurogroup partners have questioned the credibility of the Greek plan to put a vote to its people following the rejection of plans tabled by its creditors.
Greece’s finance minister Yanis Varoufakis rejected claims that the Greek Government lacks credibility in its handling of its debt crisis, saying that “maximum” fiscal consolidation programmes had been “quite clear failures”.
Prime Minister Alexi Tsipras has announced Greeks will decide whether or not to accept the EU’s bailout offer when they vote in a referendum on 5 July.
Tsipras said his government had been asked to accept “unbearable burdens” and described the EU plan as “humiliation”.
But the Guardian reports a leaked diplomatic note to our Prime Minister which claims the euro may be better off without the Greeks.
David Cameron told a fellow EU leader that it “might be better” for Greece to withdraw from the eurozone to allow it to fix its economy, according to a leaked diplomatic document.
As eurozone finance ministers prepare to hold an emergency meeting on Saturday on the Greek crisis, the document suggests that the British prime minister believes a Greek exit may be the best option, though he acknowledged it would carry “major risks”.
The note, a leaked account of a private discussion between the prime minister and one of his European counterparts about his EU reform demands, indicates that Cameron made his remarks in an informal part of the meeting.
The note says: “On Greece, the PM wondered if it was wise for Angela Merkel to allow the discussion with Greece to take place at PM level and mused that it might be better for Greece to leave the eurozone in order to sort its economy out – though also accepted that there were major risks in that too.”
The prime minister’s remarks may cause some irritation among eurozone leaders who are fighting to avoid a Greek default, which could lead to its exit from the euro. Finance ministers will reconvene in Brussels amid signs of a renewed rift between Greece and its creditors.
In a Sunday Times comment column, Dominic Lawson claims to have seen Germans snigger at talk of a new EU deal
It is not exactly where the action was for Anglo-German relations — for that you had to attend the banquet Angela Merkel held for the Queen in Berlin. All the same, I was grateful to be present at the London School of Economics last week for an encounter with the German government’s minister of state for Europe, Michael Roth.
Addressing the issue of Britain’s “negotiations” before the referendum on our membership of the EU, Roth spoke with magnificent condescension about what he termed The English Patient, observing that “the main character in that movie is in search of his identity after a serious accident. Eventually he learns that identity is more than a question of nationality. It is up to the British people to decide the extent to which they have a European identity – or not.”
And Sky News claims Russia’s Vladimir Putin could try to fund anti-EU efforts in Britain in an attempt to weaken Europe.
The Russian President might try to drive a wedge between Britain and the EU, Germany has warned, as David Cameron looks to renegotiate the country’s deal with Brussels.
A key ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Vladimir Putin would be “happy” if Britain voted to leave the union and could even fund anti-EU efforts on British soil.
Norbert Rottgen, the chairman of the German Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee and a former minister in Ms Merkel’s cabinet, told Sky News Mr Putin was already funding anti-EU efforts in other countries and could do in the UK.
The Guardian claims the Scots could still vote for independence
The leader of the Scottish National party at Westminster has suggested that the people of Scotland could vote to leave the UK in a second independence referendum within five years if David Cameron fails to deliver on promises for greater devolution and imposes more austerity north of the border.
In an interview with the Observer, Angus Robertson, who leads 56 SNP MPs in the House of Commons – in what is now the third largest party – said many politicians at Westminster had clearly failed to grasp the scale of the political change in Scotland. The Tory government, he claimed, was attempting to backtrack on promises, made before and after last year’s independence referendum, to devolve more powers to Scotland while preparing an austerity budget that would also further inflame resentment. Some in the UK parliament, he said, seemed to be living in the vain hope that the SNP, and the pressure for independence, were temporary phenomena which would just “go away” – something he insisted would not happen.
The clearest sign of Westminster’s failure to comprehend the SNP and the wishes of Scots, he said, was the content of the Scotland bill on devolving powers which, as currently drafted, failed to implement many of the recommendations of the Smith commission that Cameron had pledged to introduce in full. Signs of backtracking by the government were feeding resentment among the Scottish people, who felt increasingly that Westminster was ignoring their wishes and failing to take on board the lessons from the SNP landslide north of the border.
Asked whether he believed there could be a second referendum and a Yes vote before the end of Cameron’s second term, Robertson refused to rule out the possibility. “I think that largely lies with David Cameron. He has to make a decision as to how he is going to approach governing Scotland with only one MP, having made a cast-iron promise and an undertaking to deliver on more powers for the Scottish parliament and the voters.”
He added: “Do I believe that in the future there will be further moves towards Scottish self-government? Yes, I do. Do I believe that there will in time be a growing desire in Scotland for independence? Yes, I do. Do I believe that in time there will be a referendum when the public wants it on independence and that there will be a Yes result? Yes, I do.”
The Guardian reports that files on child sex abuse at public school Gordonstoun have vanished
Official files on police investigations of child abuse at Gordonstoun, the school in the Scottish Highlands that educated the Queen’s sons and Prince Philip, appear to have gone missing or been destroyed.
In a case investigated by the Observer, a teacher named Derek Jones seriously sexually assaulted a number of children attending the junior school around 1990. He was twice questioned by police in the following years after the children told their parents what had happened. Files were forwarded to the Procurator Fiscal, Scotland’s prosecution service, but it was decided not to prosecute. The files would normally be retained, but Scotland’s Crown Office says they now cannot be found.
Jones died in a car crash in Kenya six years ago. But two of his victims, now in their 30s, want to discover why he was not prosecuted. Gordonstoun sacked Jones, who had been an English teacher in the junior school for three months. The school’s bursar told the boys’ parents that the school would ensure he never taught again.
One of the boys, John Findlay, was drugged, photographed naked and sexually assaulted in his dormitory bed at Aberlour House, Gordonstoun’s junior school. He told his parents what had happened soon afterwards. A police investigation was launched, but the Findlays decided, after pressure from the school, not to press for a prosecution.
Pride in London
Yesterday’s Pride in London march, which UKIP was refused permission to join, was accompanied by members of the party, reports Breitbart.
The Pride in London Parade took place today with a start at Baker Street and a finish at Whitehall. It was meant to be a celebration of LGBT groups and free of politics – except UKIP’s application to join was firmly rejected earlier this month.
A statement from the event organisers explaining the UKIP ban read: “For this year we have reached the decision that UKIP’s application to join the Pride in London Parade, 27th June 2015, will be turned down.
“This decision has been made after careful consultation in order to protect participants and ensure the event passes off safely and in the right spirit, it has not been made on a political basis.
“We appreciate many in our community have strongly held views about UKIP, their policies and comments, but is undeniable that there are LGBT+ members of UKIP, including their MEP for Scotland, and it is important to remember that Pride in London aims to be an inclusive event.
“However, of paramount concern to us is the experience of all participants at Pride, most especially the position we would be putting our volunteer stewards in.”
So more than 250 groups were registered to take part and the Parade was led by flagbearers displaying the flag of every nation on earth – but without a UKIP contribution. According to the parade website, this was done to “show solidarity with LGBT+ across the globe. And after today’s Supreme Court verdict, the United States flag will join Ireland and Mozambique at the front in recognition of recent advances in those countries.”
Still, UKIP was not be deterred. They did eventually join the parade and proudly tweeted this to show they were there and happy to stand up and be counted.