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06/05 – Today’s headlines from across the EU

EUROPEAN HEADLINES

FT Le Pen drama threatens renewal of the far right.Father and daughter at daggers drawn in National Front rift

WSJEEU announces plans for digital single market.The European Union unveiled a plan to unite the region’s online markets and crack down on possible abuses by U.S. Internet firms.

INYTEU panel opens anti-trust inquiry into e-commerce sector. Officials said the investigation would address whether large players like American tech giants were throttling competition over how Europeans buy goods and services online.

FRANCE

Le MondeFrancois Hollande: Three tumultuous years. May 6: third anniversary of the return to power of the Socialists.

Les EchosFN: Indictment of a Le Pen mini-party. Investigation into the financing of the National Front campaigns for acceptance of political party funding from corporations and fraud in parliamentary elections 2012.

GERMANY

Frankfurter AllgemeineLubitz practised his descent before the crash. The co-pilot of the German Wings Machine apparently rehearsed a rapid descent on the flight to Barcelona. This was announced in the French aviation safety authority interim report. Also new details of his medical history have uncovered the investigators.

Sueddeutsche ZeitungGerman wings c0-pilot practised rapid descent on outward flight.

ITALY

La Repubblica – The premier is willing to talk about the reform. Also present at the meeting minister Giannini: “This measure will be fully understood and appreciated.” Orfini and Guerini meet with unions

Il Sole 24 Ore – BTPs and equities hit hard by Grexit and US growth uncertainty.The “Grexit” nightmare came back yesterday in the trading rooms, following weeks of relative calm. ECB’s quantitative easing this time was not enough to curb the steep fall in the price of Italian government bonds: yesterday the yield of 10-year BTPs skyrocketed by 31 basis points in just one day.

POLAND

Gazeta WyborczazaPresidential debate: This is what the viewers thought:  It is not true that the presidential debate resembled the quiz show “One out of ten,” in which the role of host Tadeusz Sznuk is played by Christopher Ziemiec. The game show depends on knowledge, and the participant who does not know what they are talking about is eliminated. There was no such danger in the debate and ignorance did not lead to disqualification. .

SPAIN

El Pais – Podemos drops most radical ideas in program focusing on “citizen rescue”. Leader Pablo Iglesias promises to help people and small businesses deal with their debt

ExpansionBank lending: default and low interest rates are still at risk. Bank of Spain believes that, despite the marked improvement in the situation of the banking sector risks remain high and we must rethink models and strategies.

UK

The TimesPM: Miliband trying to con his way into No. 10. David Cameron has accused Ed Miliband of preparing a “con trick” to become prime minister as the Labour leader acknowledged for the first time that he is set to fall short of a majority in tomorrow’s election.

The Guardian – Former civil service chief questions Cameron’s claim of Miliband ‘con trick’. PM’s questioning of legitimacy of Labour government that would rely on support of SNP contradicted by former cabinet secretary Lord O’Donnell

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