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03/05 – Today’s headlines from across the EU
FT Europe Investment surge gives US an early lead in rise of the robots.Technology spreads beyond the factory floor. Debate rages over benefits and threats. 

WSJE Probe sought on data leaks. ECB study cites signs investors are tapping US economic news early. 

INYT – IHT Putin’s clout hits a wall in slumping economy. Russian leader long took credit for the boom, but a bust reveals his limits. 
 BBC Europe  EU ‘to back’ visa-free travel for Turkey. The European Commission will give conditional approval for Turks to travel without visas to Europe’s passport-free Schengen area, sources have told the BBC.
Le Monde The El Khomri bill, a determining test. From 3 May, the labour law drafted by Myriam El Khomri, will be discussed by the Assembly during two weeks.

Les Echos Nuclear energy: Areva under suspicion. An audit suggests the group has falsified records on nuclear components. Some of Areva’s customers may hold it accountable. 
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)  Berlin sticks to TTIP despite criticism of FTA. “The conclusion of an ambitious agreement is very important.” Greenpeace: put the text to the trash bin.

Suedeutsche Zeitung EU: Consumer Protection defended. After TTIP leaks, the Commission promises that it would not wave food standards. Chancellor Merkel calls for a “rapid conclusion” of talks. Brussels fears a failure.

La Repubblica The long march to the referendum, civil unions to be debated.Premier Matteo Renzi has started the campaign for the constitutional referendum in October and has asked for the support of Italians to adopt what he considers a crucial reform.

Il Sole 24 Ore  Stock exchange blocks Vicenza: floating too low. Banks affect Milan (-0.97%), only decreasing market.
Gazeta Wyborcza

Not published today
El Pais Rajoy and Rivera blame Sanchez for his veto on the pact with the PP. Local PSOE leaders distance themselves with their leader’s alliance strategy

Expansion CaixaBank rescues Isolux. The creditor bank brings €200 million; CaixaBank injects half of it.
The Times  New laws to stop extremists. Cameron reasserts his authority in Queen’s Speech.

The Guardian UK’s covert fight against lure of Isis. Propaganda campaign “on industrial scale.” “Aim is to stop people becoming suicide bombers.”



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