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04/11 – Today’s headlines from across the EU


BBC EuropeTurkey HDP: Blast after pro-Kurdish leaders Demirtas and Yuksekdag detained. The joint leaders of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition party, People’s Democracy (HDP), have been arrested along with at least nine other MPs. Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag are accused of spreading propaganda for militants fighting the Turkish state.

FT Europe 

Clinton and Trump in last-minute scramble for votes as polls narrow

Fight for key states heats up; Democrats shift strategy, focus switches to North Carolina.


Court hands Brexit to Parliament

UK government can’t begin pullout without a vote by lawmakers, complicating process.


China’s tightening grip

Prosecution of drug maker meant end of freewheeling days for multinationals.


Le Monde

Dangerous liaisons in Sarkozy’s entourage

Suspicions of Libyan financing with shady links to the police have put Nicolas Sarkozy’s political entourage in the hot seat.

Les Echos

Brexit: London’s surprise

Court obliges government to request parliamentary approval. Theresa May forced to change strategy.


Frankfurter Allgemeine

Does Parliament have to agree with Brexit?

British government wants to challenge court verdict. Speculation about new elections.

Süddeutsche Zeitung 

VW: We have not manipulated

Volkswagen confessed in the diesel scandal in the USA but the company now argues completely differently on claims for damages in Germany: the exhaust gas software complies with EU law, it says.


La Repubblica 

Brexit, surprise ruling, Parliament will have to vote

The high court blocks EU exit. May : ‘’We will appeal’’.

Il Sole 24 Ore 

Brexit: the High Court blocks May

The pound jumps, stock exchanges are nervous: London -0.8%, Milan -0.3%.


Gazeta Wyborcza 

Not that easy to divorce EU

High Court in London ruled that the British Government cannot start Brexit procedure without the Parliament’s consent. The Parliament’s majority, however, supports Great Britain’s staying in the European Union.


El Pais

A government in the continuity with little political clout

Saenz de Santamaria and Guindo still the main figures; for Cospedal, general secretary of the PP, a portfolio without political importance; Montoro continues, none of the six new members stand out; only three ministers leave office, the older ones.


A government to agree

Rajoy will still lead the Delegated Committee for Economic Affairs, Luis de Guindos strengthens with economy and industry, Cristobal Montoro continues at Hacienda.


The Times 

May is urged to call snap election over Brexit ruling

High Court says only MPs can trigger Article 50.

The Guardian

Turmoil for May as judges rule that parliament must decide on Brexit

Legislation may be needed to trigger article 50. No 10 says it will challenge court’s decision.




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