World >Saturday July 4, 2015
By Pan Pylas
On his 10-year trip home, the Greek hero Odysseus at one point had to steer his ship and crew down a narrow stretch of water menaced on opposite sides by two sea monsters, Scylla and Charybdis. The Greek people are in similar dire straits as they prepare to vote on a future in which they face two painful prospects: the slow grind of years more of austerity cuts or the country’s potentially catastrophic exit from the euro.
Ecuador, where Francis begins his South America tour this weekend, is a prime example of tensions between politics, business and the environment at the heart of last month’s landmark encyclical.