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13/01 – Today’s headlines from across the EU

EUROPEAN HEADLINES

FT EuropeBP and Petrobras slash jobs and spending as oil falls towards $30. Savage downturn compared to 1980s slump. Sector braced for grim full-year results.

WSJE Deadly blast hits Istanbul. Turkey blames Islamic State for attack near historic Blue Mosque; German tourists among dead.

INYTNew levels of anxiety over refugees in Europe. Cologne assaults touch raw nerve as societies try to integrate migrants.

BBC Europe‘IS suicide bomber’ kills 10 in Istanbul Sultanahmet district. A suspected member of the Islamic State (IS) group has killed 10 people, at least eight of them German tourists, in a suicide bomb attack in the Turkish city of Istanbul, officials say. They say the Syrian national carried out the attack in the Sultanahmet district, near the famous Blue Mosque. Fifteen people were wounded, many of them also German.

AUSTRIA

Wiener ZeitungEU Commission starts dispute with Poland with subtle pressure. No escalation will take place . For now at least . In the dispute with Poland regarding controversial changes in legislation , the European Commission will focus on ” constructive dialogue ” . On Wednesday the Commissioners will hold a so-called orientation debate on the situation in the Eastern European country ; a decision to exacerbate the crisis is not expected.

BELGIUM

Le SoirThe issue of Flemish independence is not dead (Econo Hellings). Helpings said on RTBF that he was open to the independence of Catalonia. In the spirit of self-determination this could also apply to the Flemish.

DENMARK

Jyllands Posten – Border control is extended. Measures to remain in place for now. The government has decided to prolong border control at the German border until February 3 .

ESTONIA

Baltic TimesTwo jailed over terrorism in Estonia. The high-court issued jail sentences to two men accused of supporting fundamentalist Islamic terrorism. The accused pleaded not guilty.

FRANCE

Le MondeTowards the end of compulsory vaccination? In the aftermath of a broad “citizen consultation,” a committee of experts will give its opinion in December on the possible lifting of compulsory vaccination.

Les EchosBossnapping: the French Justice strikes hard. 8 former workers at a Goodyear tyre factory were ordered to spend nine months in prison for detaining two managers. This decision is a first step, drawing many reactions in the Left-wing.

GERMANY

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) – Many Germans killed in attack in Istanbul. A suicide bomber blows himself up in the middle of a group of tourists. Turkey blames “Islamic State.”

Suedeutsche Zeitung (SZ) – Ten Germans killed in attack. Ten people are killed, 15 are injured after the explosion in the touristic center of Istanbul. The Turkish government says terrorist militia IS is responsible for the suicide bombing.

ITALY

La Repubblica Tourist massacre in Istanbul. A terrorist has blown himself up near the Blue Mosque, killing ten people, including eight German tourists.

Il Sole 24 OreOil price below $30. Small uptick for worldwide stock markets. Crude falls below $30 for the first time since 2003. The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is expected to hold an emergency meeting.

IRELAND

Irish TimesBombing to increase pressure on Turkish government. Turkey’s government is set to face renewed pressure at home on its creaking Syria policy following on Tuesday morning’s suicide bombing in Istanbul which killed 10 tourists.

POLAND

Gazeta WyborczaAbout PiS rule in Brussels. Brussels tries to avoid escalation of the conflict with the Poland’s Government. Today, the European Commission will discuss the Polish Constitutional Court and Media Act.

ROMANIA

Romania Libera – 6 major political actors who become spectators. Those who lost political influence and/0r parliamentary majority have now left politics or play marginal roles . In some cases they were pushed aside by his party colleagues , in others by prosecutors or resigned following street demonstrations. We list the six most high-profile losers

SPAIN

El País PP, PSOE and Ciudadanos reach first agreement at Congress. Rivera acts as the pivot of a double pact in which the PSOE and the PP never managed to negotiate. Socialist leader Patxi Lopez will be the President of the lower chamber.

ExpansiónCarlos Slim’s takeover bid on FCC. He raises his share to 27.2% just before a €709 million capital increase.

SWEDEN

Dagens Nyheter –  Sex crimes at the ‘We Are Stockholm’ get sponsors to threaten defection. Following revelations about widespread sex crimes in the Municipality of Stockholm youth festival ‘We Are Stockholm’ one of the main sponsors , SL , is likely to drop out. ” We want to support good youth activities , not violence and harassment spectacle that this seems to have become ,” says traffic County Commissioner Christopher Tamsons.

UK

The TimesWe’ll keep on striking, doctors tell patients. Striking junior doctors rejected pleas to return to the wards yesterday as their union threatened to continue “indefinitely.”

The GuardianHopes of deal to end deadlock rise as doctors go back to work. All sides cautiously optimistic that a second strike can be averted.

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