Crikey readers have their say about Jacqui Lambie and France's economy, and Jonathan Holmes corrects the record.
Crikey readers talk France and Britain's economies and the conflict in the Middle East.
France's newly elected president Francois Hollande received an overwhelming endorsement of his leadership, Alan Austin, a freelance writer and journalist, reports from France.
Tensions between Paris and Berlin are set to flare, as fears grow that the flames of the debt crisis now engulfing Italy could soon spread to Belgium and France.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was fighting for his political survival overnight, as Italy’s borrowing costs reached new highs.
As European leaders gathered in Brussels overnight in yet another attempt to stem the region’s worsening debt crisis, attention was focused on the key role that two Italians are now playing.
Europe is on the brink -- and it's a measure of how fast-moving the crisis is that I must add the phrase "at time of writing".
Europe should be preparing for an orderly default for Greece, with money to backstop banks and countries such as Spain, Italy, Belgium and even France. No other path of action is realistic any more.
With time fast running out, German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Nicolas Sarkozy again held emergency talks overnight in an attempt to settle their differences before Sunday’s crucial summit of European political chiefs.