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03/11 – Today’s headlines from across the EU

EUROPEAN HEADLINES

FTECB officials met bankers before big policy moves. Board members’ diaries reveal talks. Scrutiny rising over such contact.

WSJEGoogle owner assails EU. Alphabet criticises antitrust charges and says “no basis” exists to warrant any fines.

INYTUS effort to train allies in Syria hits roadblock. Predominance of Kurds, not Arabs, could limit impact on ISIS battle.

FRANCE

Le MondeTurkey in the hands of Erdoğan. The President achieves absolute majority once more.

Les EchosNuclear, air transport, climate change: Paris plays the Chinese card. COP21: Beijing takes an important step in order to find an agreement. Areva opens possibility of minority stake buy by China’s CNNC. China unveils its first modern airliner.

GERMANY

Frankfurter AllgemeineSeehofer pleased with “clear positioning” of the CDU and the CSU. Paper foresees a reduction of the number of refugees. SPD continues to reject transit zones.

Sueddeutsche ZeitungGabriel attacks Merkel and Seehofer. The SPD chairman calls the plans for transit zones “in practice, nonsense, probably unlawful,” on which the chancellor and prime minister of Bavaria have agreed.

ITALY

La RepubblicaVatican moles under arrest. Monsignor Lucio Balda and lobbyist Francesca Chaouqui were arrested in the Vatican. They are suspected of having leaked private documents and spied on Pope Francis.

Il Sole 24 OreDivisions between Renzi and regional governments on health and taxes. The presidents of the regions agree to increase taxes. Renzi declares: “Do not touch taxes, you will have more funds.”

POLAND

Gazeta WyborczaTo the rescue of gymnasium schools. The number of online initiatives against the Law and Justice party’s plan to liquidate gymnasium schools is growing. Teachers pride in their achievements and pupils are also supporting them.

SPAIN

El PaisNew step towards secession due to the parties and the government’s hesitations. Forcadell imposes a new vote on independence, on November 9th. Rajoy and the political groups urge the Catalan Parliament to settle the case as they wait for a larger union.

ExpansionBankia: more revenue. The group earned €885 million during the last nine months, meaning a 7% increase and results beyond market forecasts.

UK

The TimesCameron backs down over plan to bomb Syria. Labour thwarts hopes of winning Common vote.

The Guardian Cameron: UK won’t bomb Syria. Sizeable Tory rebellion make vote too tight. Backing from Labour MPs fails to placate PM. Situation is complicated by Russian airstrikes.

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