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05/08 – Today’s headlines from across the EU


FTGerman prosecutor fired over treason case. Action against Netzpolitik journalists touches a nerve.

WSJE – Calais crisis hobbles businesses. Migrants fought on Tuesday at a Macedonian train station to get in a train heading to the Serbian border. An upsurge in migrants near the French town of Calais seeking to board trains and trucks bound for the UK via the Channel Tunnel has severely impeded transport.

INYT – Paradise lost in Lesbos, where crises converge. Migrants overwhelm a Greek island beset by troubles of its own


Le MondeNew Pedophilia scandal in the UK. The former Conservative Prime Minister Edward Heath, who died in 2005, is cited in several allegations.

Les Echos  – Mortgages: the reason why their rates are on the upswing. On a downward trend since October 2013, mortgage rates increased in July. This trend should continue next month, at a moderate pace.


Frankfurter Allgemeine – “Do not mess with the internet”. The investigation on charges of treason brought the bloggers of unprecedented popularity and a donation record.

Suedeutsche Zeitung – Mass discharges Attorney General. The treason affair escalates: Harald Range accuses Federal Minister of Justice of “intolerable interfering into the independence of justice” and is immediately dismissed


La Repubblica – New RAI: divisions within the Democratic Party over the nomination of the future president. Following the elections of seven news members of RAI’s board, today the government should nominate the president as well as another member chosen by the Treasury. The Chief Executive is expected to be Antonio Campo dall’Orto.

Il Sole 24 OrePublic administration, a big reform but in slow motion.  Senate approved yesterday a new law to bring the public administration a step closer to simplification and a clear administrative process. A good intention, but with an uncertain timetable. Many measures are in favor of companies.


De Volkskrant – Big Dutch aid groups slash workforces following budget cuts. The four big Dutch aid organisations Oxfam Novib, Cordaid, Hivos and Icco plan to sack between 25% and half their personnel because of government budget cuts.


Gazeta Wyborcza – A conversation which kills. Barely every eighth Pole says that driving a car and talking on the phone simultaneously is dangerous. 59% of respondents admit that they regularly do so.\


El Pais – The Syrian resident in Spain who died trying to mediate with Islamic State. Mohamed Bahaiah had been known to the Spanish security services for decades.  He was killed in a suicide attack carried out by ISIS fighters in the Syrian city of Aleppo

Expansion – Analysis of the 2016 Budget. More money for social spending, civil servants and regions.


The Times – Heath inquiry widens as sex abuse claims pour in. Met rejects allegation but four police forces investigate former PM

The Guardian – Johnson: end madness and elect Cooper. Ex-home secretary speaks out over Corbyn surge in Labour leader fight.




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