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11/06 – Today’s headlines from across the EU

EUROPEAN HEADLINES

FTRich countries to resume growth role as developing nations stumble. World Bank says emerging markets slowdown to last years. Global expansion put at 2.8%.

WSJESaudis, Iraq push OPEC over target. Long-time rivals have no plans to cut oil output

INYTEnergy is target as Russia flexes muscle. Warship sail near cable meant to secure power supply for Lithuania.

FRANCE

Le MondeManuel Valls, a rough patch. The Prime minister has been in the hot seat since he used a Falcon plane of the Republic to go watch a football game in Berlin with his children

Les EchosThe United-States: new masters of the world’s oil production. According to a report on energy conducted by BP, the U.S. surpassed Saudi Arabia in 2014. The shale gas revolution resulted in a large increase in production in America.

GERMANY

Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ)Washington strengthens mission against the “Islamic State.” U.S. to send more military advisers in Iraq; number of tribal fighters to be doubled.

Sueddeutsche ZeitungMerkel: where there is willingness, there is a way. The Federal Chancellor urges Greece to cooperate with its creditors. Ahead of a meeting with PM Tsipras and the creditors, the European Commission has suggested a concession.

ITALY

La Repubblica“Senator Azzollini must be arrested,” the Democratic Party claims. Public prosecutor’s department in Troni called for the arrest of the senator of the new centre-right party (NCD), Antonio Azzollini. He is accused of involvement in a care centre’s bankruptcy. This scandal weakened the parliamentary majority, composed by members of NCD, but the Democratic party chose not to oppose the decision of justice.

Il Sole 24 OreSanctions against Russia and rouble’s low rate cost €3 billion to Italian firms. During the meeting between Italy and Russia in Milan, Vladimir Putin urged Matteo Renzi to lift sanctions, which have a negative impact on Italian companies. The PM replied that he’ll only do it if Minsk agreements are implemented

POLAND

GazetaRevolution in the Government. Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz dismissed top-rank ministers from her Government and apologised to Polish citizens for the so-called tapping scandal.

SPAIN

El PaisRajoy informed Sanchez that he may bring forward the election date. The head of government has doubts about what to do in order to avoid a failure at general elections.

ExpansionInditex grows 17% and creates 1,600 jobs in Spain. The textile group earns €521 million and improves its position in every market.

UK

The TimesOsborne to cut losses with £32bn sale of RBS. Chancellor hails the end of biggest bank bailout

The GuardianAl-Qaida “cut off and ripped apart by Isis.” US wrong-footed by shift in balance of power between warring jihadi groups.

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