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01/02 -Today’s headlines from across the EU

EUROPEAN HEADLINES

FT Europe Sherpas who plotted path to Brexit summit. Seven officials behind Britain’s proposed revised EU terms

WSJE UK, EU Fail to Reach Deal on Overhauling Relationship. Prime Minister David Cameron and Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, said talks on how to overhaul the U.K.’s relationship with the European Union would continue Monday after they failed to reach a comprehensive agreement on Sunday evening. In a statement after the two men had met to thrash out a deal on Sunday, Mr. Cameron’s office said the European Commission had agreed that the U.K. qualified for an emergency brake mechanism.

INYT – Terror Threats Thaw Budgets Across Europe. France is spending nearly 1 million euros a day on the heightened security, part of a renewed surge in European military spending as governments declare terrorism a permanent risk.

BBC Europe Chechnya’s Kadyrov puts Putin critic Kasyanov in gunsights. Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov has posted an Instagram video showing Russian opposition politician Mikhail Kasyanov in a sniper’s crosshairs. Mr Kasyanov, a former prime minister, is a high-profile critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, in the opposition RPR-Parnas party. Recently Mr Kadyrov called Mr Putin’s critics “enemies” and “traitors.

FRANCE

Le Monde – Belgian PM – “We do not want to set up no-go areas in Belgium“. In an interview with Le Monde he speaks about the controversies around the fight against jihadist threat and the “jungle” of Calais.

Les Echos – It’s happening in Europe: The sister of the King of Spain to go before the courts , Anti – AfD action in Germany. Cristina de Bourbon , sister of the king will be prosecuted for tax evasion from 9 February. In Germany, the Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel wants to place the populist AFD under surveillance.

GERMANY

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung US elections: The spectacle begins.  Tuesday night, the primaries begin in America and this time interest in the American primaries is particularly great. Because this election year is the year of the populist revolt

Süddeutsche Zeitung – UK allows for genetic manipulation of embryos. For the first time in the world a national supervisory authority allows for genetic manipulation in a healthy human embryo.

ITALY

La RepubblicaEU to Renzi: Fund migrants out of the deficit, Commission to rule on Italy’s accounts in the Spring.

Il Sole 24 OreThe Italian banking system tests the ground for market-friendly, wide-reaching reforms. Italy is a slow mover. No wonder: it’s a big and complex country, the third biggest GDP in the euro area, the second manufacturing industry after Germany and the third biggest public debt in the world.

POLAND 

Gazeta Wyborcza – TNS Survey. Who’s the boss? Not the government, not the president, but the president of one party – Kaczinsky.

SPAIN

El Pais Socialist leader readying deal in case king asks him to form government. Pedro Sánchez draws up draft document that he will put to an internal party referendum.

UK 

The Times – PM goes into battle over benefits for EU workers. Despite hailing some signs of progress on the welfare demands demanded by Mr Cameron after a dinner last night with Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, the renegotiation remains on a knife edge today as intensive talks continue.

The Guardian – Loneliness ‘forces older people into hospitals’ and strains services, say senior doctors. Call for community support and recognition of the effects of isolation, which is becoming a ‘major health concern’.

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