June 22nd, 2012
07:13 PM ET

Should we let the European Union fall apart?

OutFront tonight: Greece collapses. Well, the finance minister did anyways.

In what must have been a depressing visual for the distressed country, Vassilis Rapanos, the country's new finance minister, fainted just hours before he was to be sworn into his new job and had to be rushed to a hospital.

Additionally, Greece took a shellacking from Germany in the highly-anticipated Euro 2012 soccer match today, an outcome that many believed to be inevitable.

Sort of like... the end of the European Union? Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti warned today in one week the European debt crisis could move past the point of no return and lead to the breakup of the E.U.. And that's after a meeting between officials from France, Italy, Spain, and Germany met and declared they must do anything they can to save their currency.

But here's our question: could saving the E.U. be more trouble that it's worth? Erin Burnett explains that while it would take a lot of time and money to dismantle it, it would take even more of both to bail everyone out.

Filed under: Deconstruct • Economy • Euro • International
Avlon: Devil is in the details for Romney campaign
June 22nd, 2012
02:11 PM ET

Avlon: Devil is in the details for Romney campaign

In the wake of President Obama's immigration policy announcement, Mitt Romney delivered a speech yesterday to a group of Hispanic elected officials from around the country that was long on platitudes, broad thematic arguments, and attacks on the president, but short on specific policy details.

In his latest column for the Daily Beast, John Avlon digs deeper into why less is more when it comes to details and factual arguments in Romney's speeches and statements during the campaign.

John Avlon is also a CNN contributor and member of the OutFront political strike team.

Policy Black Hole: Mitt Romney Keeps His Ideas To Himself

Welcome to the policy-free presidential campaign.

Mitt Romney has learned from experience that policy specifics can cause political headaches. That’s why Romney has been mealy-mouthed about President Obama’s executive action on immigration that effectively implements a modified version of the DREAM Act, sidestepping the issue again in his speech to Latino elected officials in Orlando on Thursday.


Filed under: Opinion • Political Strike Team • Politics
June 22nd, 2012
01:18 PM ET

French politics or soap opera? You decide

French President Francois Hollande is in an awkward spot.

His Socialist party scored a major majority in the country's national elections, taking 33 more seats than is required to form a government. In short, the party now controls the equivalent of the U.S. House, Senate, and White House.

But all is not well. Why? Segolene Royal, Hollande's former common-law wife, lost her parliamentary race to a long-shot candidate. But to make matters worse, his current partner and former mistress (while he was still with Royal) Valerie Trierweiler tweeted her support for Royal's opponent!

Hollande had spoken publicly about making Royal the Speaker of the National Assembly if she had won the seat, but now won't comment on her political future. What is going on in Paris?

Filed under: E-Block
June 22nd, 2012
01:03 PM ET

Outer Circle: Magnotta appears in court in person

Luka Magnotta,the porn star accused of murdering and dismembering a Chinese exchange student, made his first in-person court appearance in Canada yesterday. Paula Newton has the details.

Filed under: OuterCircle
June 22nd, 2012
01:00 PM ET

The Number: Chechen leader joins Twitter, then Twitter crashes

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has joined Twitter.

But the problem is Kadyrov is not exactly what you would call "social." In a recent report, the U.S. State Department said that Kadyrov's government continues "to violate fundamental freedoms, engage in collective retribution against families of suspected militants, and foster an overall atmosphere of fear and intimidation."

Anyone curious about the inner musings of a quasi-warlord had to wait a while yesterday, though, as Twitter went down for two hours, its longest outage since last October. Coincidence?

Filed under: The Number • Uncategorized
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