The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has issued a pessimistic forecast for France’s declining economy.

Once again, the Greek economy is weeks away from utter collapse, as Greece has run out of money to continue servicing its debt payments to international creditors such as the IMF, and once again, Eurocrats anxious to avoid a Greek default and exit from the Eurozone are trying to cobble together yet another deal.

A crowd estimated in the hundreds of thousands gathered in Rome’s San Giovanni Square on June 20 to engage in a Family Day protest against a bill backed by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi that would create civil unions for same-sex couples. The square, adjacent to the Basilica of St. John Lateran, can hold an estimated 300,000 people, but the crowd of protesters overflowed beyond its boundaries, an AFP photographer said.

Economic chicanery as being performed by EU and Greek officials can no longer be hidden from public view. Capital controls are just a symptom of a devastating disease infecting the eurozone.

Though Russian President Vladimir Putin has a carefully-crafted image as a Christian champion, his suppression of journalists is just one of many examples that he is in the same mold as Communist leaders of the old Soviet tyranny.