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14/09 – Today’s headlines from across the EU
European Headlines
FT Investors detect return to bullish ethos as Barclays picks new chief. Veteran US investment banker Staley chosen. Uncertainty over future of strategy.

WSJE AB InBev wins over SABMiller. After many attempts, world’s top brewer succeeds in getting rival’s board on its side.

INYT Report links Russian missile to jet crash. Dutch inquiry supports theory that Ukrainian rebels downed airliner
 France
Le Monde
Received ideas on immigration debunked by an Insee report.

Migratory balance, the difference between entries and exits, crumbles: +33,000 people in 2013 against +112,000 in 2006.
 
Les Echos Industry: the irresistible race for gigantism. AB InBev, global leader in breweries, will take over SABMiller for the sum of $106 billion. The world’s biggest beer producers will control one-third of the global market
 Germany
Frankfurter Allgemeine It was a Buk missile. According to the Dutch Security Council, the flight MH17 was shot down by a ground launcher produced in Russia.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung Stricter rules for Diesel engines.

The Federal Environment Minister’s reaction to the VW affair: she wants stricter emission values, independent authorities and controls as well as driving bans.
   Italy
La Repubblica Senate votes constitutional reform. With 179 votes in favour, 16 against and 7 abstentions, Italy’s constitutional reform has passed. “The Senate approves” roared president Grasso.
Il Sole 24 Ore Volkswagen effect: German confidence shattered.

The first effects of the Volkswagen scandal are noticeable on the German economy. Berlin revises downwards its 2015 growth forecasts.
 Poland
Gazeta Wyborcza Did ZUS fix its public procurement competition? The competition for the delivery of the IT system with a key significance to Poles’ pensions was carried out in a way allowing to win it by Asseco – the Public Procurement Office (UZP) said so in a confidential letter. The contract’s value reached PLN 700 million.
   Spain
El Pais Podemos only plans to make a deal if it gets more votes than the PSOE.

Iglesias intends to mobilise its troops and refuses the role of hinge parties.
Expansion ACS speeds up German company Hochtief’s entry.

ACS purchases 6% from Qatar for €312 million and raises its share to 66.5%.
   UK
The Times Cabinet rift widens as No 10 scraps Saudi deal.

Rivals accuse Gove of forcing Cameron’s hand.
The Guardian Who shot down flight MH17? Inquiry points to a cover-up.

Pilot’s body was tampered with in bungled autopsy. Dutch report pieces together catastrophic blast. Rocket fired from rebel-held area of Ukraine.
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