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12/10 – Today’s headlines from across the EU

EUROPEAN HEADLINES

BBC EuropeParis attacks: Lawyers for Salah Abdeslam ‘will not defend him’. Lawyers for the main suspect in last year’s Islamist attacks in Paris say they will no longer defend him as he has chosen to remain silent. Salah Abdeslam is angered at being placed under 24-hour video surveillance, Frank Berton told BFM TV.

WSJE

Samsung pulls plug on Note 7

Heir apparent took bold step about faulty phone amid risks of lasting damage to firm.

INYT

Russia’s sleight-of-hand arsenal

The military uses decoys of tanks, jets and missile launchers for deception.

FRANCE

Le Monde 

Municipalities clean up their accounts thanks to tax increase

In a report published on 11 October, the Court of Auditors welcomes “the management efforts made by local authorities”, whose finances have been cleaned up.

Les Echos 

Samsung stunned by historical fiasco

The world’s biggest mobile phone maker withdraws its defective smartphone. The incident, which will cost several billion euros, chips away at its reputation.

GERMANY

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Merkel calls for more cooperation between African countries

Joint struggle against population exodus and terrorism. Chancellor calls for more democracy.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Apple and Google benefit from Samsung’s fiasco

Because of burning batteries, the Korean company takes an unprecedented step and withdraws its new phone from the market – the damage is in the billions. US competitors are likely to benefit.

ITALY

La Repubblica 

Renzi to PD rebels “If you don’t trust the reforms, vote against them”

The premier told dissenting members of his party that they could express their discontent through their vote.

Il Sole 24 Ore 

Deficit up to €13.3 billion, new revenues set at €8.5 billion

The UPB confirms the “no”.  Padoan: limited movements, GDP at 1%.

POLAND

Gazeta Wyborcza 

No retirement benefit for some Poles

The Government works on the Social Insurance Institution’s project under which Poles who have not paid their social insurance contributions long enough will not be entitled to a retirement benefit. Instead, they will receive a one-off back payment of their contributions.

SPAIN

El Pais

The King believes that the way is clear for investiture

Felipe VI will meet the parties on 24 and 25 October after the PSOE’s federal committee.

Expansion 

Madrid: large tax reductions to attract the City executives

Madrid community reduces its marginal rate by 39% for foreigners.

UNITED KINGDOM

FT

Samsung abandons flagship phone after failure to resolve battery fires

Galaxy Note 7 withdrawn. $19 billion wiped off group’s value. Challenge to Apple dented.

The Times 

Russia fury at Johnson over Syria

Foreign secretary demands protest outside embassy.

The Guardian 

In Westminster a debate begins/In Syria a disaster knows no end

Johnson calls for inquiry into Russia war crimes. Strong words as MPs debate war in Syria. Moscow hits back to underline scale of impasse.

 

 

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