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02/09 – Today’s headlines from across the EU


FTManufacturing in China falls at fastest rate in three years. Drop in index hits global stocks. Renewed fears over slowdown.

WSJEMigrant chaos erupts in Budapest. Hungarian police cleared hundreds of migrants desperate to get to Germany from Budapest’s main railway station on Tuesday, prompting protests and confusion at a site that has become the largest focus on Europe’s refugee crisis.

INYTLeadership in EU crisis again falls to Germany. On Greece and migrants, Merkel confronts issues central to bloc’s identity.


Baltic TimesNATO Force Integration Units officially start operating in Lithuania.”We can confirm on September 1, NATO today officially activated NATO Force Integration Units in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania,” Asta Galdikaite, a spokeswoman for the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defense, told the BNS news service on Tuesday.


Le MondeMerkel’s warning on the future of Europe. The German Chancellor believes the lack of solidarity towards refugees puts in doubt the basis of the European Union.

Les EchosChina: the major economic breakdown with worldwide concerns. China’s economic downturn is continuing. Christine Lagarde (IMF) mentions the risk of a weaker than expected growth this year. Stock exchanges worried about a possible contagion effect.


Frankfurter AllgemeineMerkel: Germany is not to blame in flow of refugees. EU governments should “not accuse one another.”

Suedeutsche ZeitungOn the borderline of solidarity. Why do so many refugees try to reach Germany? Hungary and Austria are making the Federal Chancellor responsible for it, Merkel defends herself: the Federal Government expects costs in the billion.


La Repubblica The great migrant assault, tear gas used in Budapest. An endless flow of migrants from Syria, Afghanistan and also Africa continue to arrive in Hungary and have protested, asking for the right to get to Germany. This led to a police response. Tensions remain high but the authorities have let many migrants board trains for Germany.

Il Sole 24 OreUnemployment is falling and GDP’s projections are upgraded, reveals the National Institute of Statistic (ISTAT). In July, the unemployment rate fell to 12%, at the same level as in 2013. The ISTAT also revised its growth forecasts for the second semester, which will increase by 0,3%.


NOS – New poll of polls shows Wilders’ PVV on the rise. The first poll of polls of the new political year shows a rise in support for the anti-immigration PVV and a slight drop for the ruling Liberal VVD. The poll, based on an amalgam of four different polls, puts support for the VVD at between 23 and 27 seats in the 150 seat parliament, while the PVV range is 22 to 26.


Gazeta WyborczaThe merciful Pope Francis. The Pope Francis has given all priests the right to administer absolution from a sin of abortion in the Year of Mercy which starts on 8 December. It is not an amnesty but more of a programme of quick treatment in the Church’s “field hospital”.


El PaisThe Spanish government will change the Constitutional Court in order to punish Mas. Rajoy resorts to urgent law to give the institution the power to sanction. Merkel responds to independence calls: “Territorial integrity has to be respected.”

ExpansionCatalonia: maximum concerns in the business sector. Catalonian employers’ organisation states that sovereignism “creates tension and great worries.” Rajoy to reform the Constitutional Court in order to sanction Mas. Merkel warns Mas: “Treaties guarantee the national integrity and sovereignty of every country.”


The Times  – Germany turns on Britain over migrants. Merkel aid threatens Cameron’s EU negotiations.

The GuardianGM embryos: time to decide, say scientists. “Genome editing” techniques raise the prospect of use to halt serious disease.



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