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07/07 – Today’s headlines from across the EU


BBC EuropeGermany rape law: Will ‘No’ mean ‘No’? Germany’s lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, is expected to pass a new law expanding the legal definition of what constitutes rape – widely referred to as the “No” means “No” statute. Critics believe Germany has long lagged behind other developed nations when it comes to its rape laws, but will this fix the problem?

FT Europe

UK report into Iraq war delivers damning judgement on Blair

Pledge to Bush made without consultation. Intelligence and military also criticised.


Report rips UK’s Iraq war

Inquiry finds Blair government went to war on “far from satisfactory” basis.


Report on Iraq war unsparing of Blair

Britain’s decision to fight is assailed as ill-informed and legally questionable.


Le Monde

UK real estate sector falls in the wake of Brexit, the City fears a financial crisis

Three big British asset managers blocked investors from pulling money out of their real estate funds. An extraordinary measure.

Les Echos 

Fear over Brexit domino effect

Investors concerned about the collapse of the housing-price bubble in the UK. Banks under pressure while the pound continues to fall.


Frankfurter Allgemeine

British report criticises Iraq invasion: Saddam Hussein was no threat

“Not all peaceful options were considered in 2003.” Blair sees himself exculpated.

Süddeutsche Zeitung 

Iraq report makes serious allegations against Blair

Hasty and haphazard: a government commission condemns the decision of the former Prime Minister to go to war alongside the United States against Saddam Hussein. This has plunged the region into chaos.


La Repubblica 

NCD, a trap for the government, mafia infiltrations at the Expo

“I will not step down, this is a media campaign against the government,” declared Interior Minister Angelino Alfano.

Il Sole 24 Ore

Brexit: flee from real estate leads banks and stock exchange to plummet

Renzi: savings in Italy are safe, the problem is the derivatives from other European banks.


Gazeta Wyborcza 

Will Messi end up in prison?

A court in Barcelona has sentenced the world’s most famous footballer to a 21-month imprisonment for tax offences. For now, Lionel Messi will not go to a jail. But this is not the end of his problems.


El Pais 

Felipe González proposes the PSOE to agree negotiating with Rajoy

The former President excludes the possibility of a coalition and says that, “where necessary,” Socialists will not take a stand against the formation of a minority government.


CaixaBank to reduce to 10% its stake in Repsol

The bank remains the first shareholder and keeps “a significant influence.”


The Times 

Blair’s private war

Former PM is crushed by Chilcot report. Secret pledge to back George W. Bush in Iraq.

The Guardian 

Blair defiant as Chilcot delivers devastating verdict on Iraq war

Following the devastating report that said that at the time of the invasion Saddam Hussein “posed no imminent threat” Tony Blair defended his decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003.




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