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05/01 – Today’s headlines from across the EU


BBC EuropeStorm surge floods German coast. A storm surge has caused the worst flooding on Germany’s north-east coast since 2006, leaving streets and cars submerged and causing major damage. Towns and cities along the Baltic coast were flooded, from Kiel in the far north to the resort island of Usedom near the Polish border. Sea levels were recorded in the port of Wismar at 1.83m (6ft) above normal overnight.

FT Europe

Fed minutes suggest Trump tax cuts would lead to higher rates

“Cloud of uncertainty” weighs on policymakers. Surging dollar seen as risk factor.


Trump Stance on Hack Is Faulted

President-elect, citing Assange over CIA on alleged Russian moves, unnerves lawmakers.


Fraud industry in India aims at America

Call centre scam artists pose as federal agents to swindle gullible victims.



Le Monde

How France hunts and kills jihadists in Syria and in the Sahel

Le Monde reveals how French President François Hollande oversees counter-terrorist operations abroad to kill the jihadists who represent a threat for France.

Les Echos

European States’ debt reaching new heights

Eurozone States will borrow €900 billion on markets in 2017. France is in the first line while rates are starting to increase.


Frankfurter Allgemeine

Security: Merkel supports de Maizières’s reform proposals

Despite criticism from several regional governments, the Interior Minister received the Chancellor’s support to improve national security.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung

Employees to be entitled to temporary part-time work

A draft from Labour Minister Andrea Nahles (SPD) intends to grant employees the right to temporary part-time work.


La Repubblica

In each regional centre, 100 migrants

While the government has announced a new migrant hosting plan, the regions have voiced their opposition.

Il Sole 24 Ore

Deflation in Italy in 2016 but prices going up in Europe

Average increase of 1.1% in the eurozone, the highest rise in 3 years.


Gazeta Wyborcza

Referendum – checkmate for the government

If the President of Poland does not hold a referendum on the extinguishing of the junior high schools in Poland, the Polish Teachers Associations will apply for it together with opposition parties and NGOs. This would be a serious problem for the government.


El Pais

Government to relieve Trillo as Spain’s ambassador to the UK

The change will be made with other ambassador replacements in order not to link it with the State Council’s decision on the Yak-42.


Large real estate groups gain €11 billion

The listed companies multiplied issuances and acquisitions to spur growth.


The Times

Mandarins revolt over May’s Brexit leadership

Civil servants frustrated by No 10, say diplomats. Former ambassador to Russia appointed as EU Perm Rep.

The Guardian

PM bid to calm Brexit row by naming new EU envoy

Theresa May has moved swiftly to calm tensions over the abrupt resignation of Britain’s ambassador to the EU by appointing a career diplomat, Sir Tim Barrow, as his replacement.



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