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02/06 – Today’s headlines from across the EU

EUROPEAN HEADLINES

FTUS deal making smashes records set in dotcom and debt booms. Cheap credit and bullish boardrooms fuel M&A. Value amounts to $243bn in May.

WSJERivals rush to combine in Telecom. Europe’s telecommunications companies are on a mission: build scale before it is too late.

INYTBeijing tries, once again, to ban smoking. Officials vow to enforce latest drive to clear air in capital’s public spaces.

FRANCE

Le SoirSégolène Royal warns of a failure on climate action. Six months from the Paris summit, the Minister urges the Head of State to take back the negotiations from the UN.

Les EchosValls facing the failure of the fight against unemployment. The number of unemployed people rose by 26,200 in April to reach new highs. The government creates 100,000 additional State-aided contracts and prepares measures to help SMEs.

GERMANY 

Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ)Readiness to donate organs increases again. Eighty percent consider donation positively, however only one in two has a donor card.

Suedeutsche ZeitungEngland calls for a World Cup boycott. The English sports association appeals to Germany and other nations not to play in Russia in 2018. The German DFB considers it to be a “bad weapon”; the Netherlands suggest a new organisation set to compete with the FIFA.

ITALY

La RepubblicaRenzi: “It went well”. Confrontation within the PD party. Salvini to Berlusconi: I am now the leader. Grillo answers: never flirt with the left-wing. Matarella: abstention is caused by internal fights. Venice, Casson is in strong position.

Il Sole 24 OreTaxes, construction and labour, the tests of the new governors. Emiliano sets restrictions on Ilva and on the Tap pipeline. Marche and Umbria: digital plan. De Luca, Severino law at risk, looks for the vice governor. Toti, margin of a vote.

POLAND

GazetaPoles do not like African immigrants. The latest opinion polls show that 29% Poles accepts immigrants from Africa and the same percentage rejects them. Poles say they fear terrorism and think that the country cannot afford to accept refugees.

SPAIN

El PaisNew parties’ demands put electoral pacts at stake. The PSOE struggles to reach the presidency in Valencia and Aragon and the PP is fighting to keep Madrid.

ExpansionEl Corte Inglés refinances its debt and saves €200 million. The group will cut its rate from 4% to 3.25% and its annual financial costs by €27 million.

UK

The TimesTories split as Cameron refuses to cut benefits. Black hole in £12 billion welfare saving plans.

The GuardianShoot to kill: a US horror story. 464 dead this year. 102 unarmed. Big disparity between numbers of black and white victims.

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