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04/01 – Today’s headlines from across the EU


BBC EuropeUK’s EU ambassador tells colleagues to challenge ‘muddled thinking’. The UK’s ambassador to the EU urged British colleagues in Brussels to challenge “muddled thinking and… speak truth to power” as he quit ahead of Brexit talks, the BBC has learnt. Writing to staff, Sir Ivan Rogers said ministers needed to hear “unvarnished” and “uncomfortable” views from Europe.

FT Europe

Ford scraps plan for Mexico plant to put assembly line in Michigan

Trump’s threat of punitive tariffs spurs shift. General motors warned of “big border tax.”


A wary Ford does u-turn in Mexico

Ford motor Co. s scrapping a plan to build a $1.6 billion small-car factory in Mexico.


The science of influence

Companies like Syngenta can leave researchers with undesirable options.


Le Monde

United Kingdom: expatriates are hostages to Brexit

The fate of the 3 million Europeans who live and work on the other side of the Channel is at the heart of the Brexit talks.
Les Echos

Housing prices still rising

Sales trend does not weaken and the 2011 record may be beaten. Professionals fear a surge in prices in Paris and forecast a decrease in 2017.


Frankfurter Algemeine

Länder criticise Thomas de Maizières’s security proposals

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizières’s proposals to reorganise security structures in Germany are not unanimously welcomed by political parties and Länder.
Suedeutsche Zeitung

The errors of terrorist investigators in the Amri case

The author of the Berlin attack had been identified as a “threat” by authorities since 17 February 2016.


La Repubblica

Grillo: courts for the media, PD accuses him of fascism

Beppe Grillo was accused of having fascist tendencies after suggesting that the media should be punished “for their lies.”
Il Sole 24 Ore

Basel 4, rules on banks’ capital delayed

Draghi: “We will continue to work to finalise the reforms.”


Gazeta Wyborcza

New cultural elite

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent letters to heads of Polish Institutes that promote the national culture abroad with a list of the representatives of culture, media and historians recommended for promoting Poland abroad. The list does not include any of the renowned Polish people but mostly supporters of the Law and Justice government.


El Pais

Trump forces Ford and General Motors to leave Mexico

The President-elect threatens carmakers with “big border tax.” Ford cancels its investment plans.

Electricity company to pay cities for their power lines

The Supreme Court forces companies to pay for using public land.


The Times

Envoy quits over Brexit “muddle”

Theresa May’s top negotiator with the EU accuses Downing Street of control-freak approach.
The Guardian

Brexit row as top EU envoy stands down

Ambassador said to have come under pressure after angering Eurosceptics.
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