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16/05 – Today’s headlines from across the EU


FT EuropeEurope’s big companies warn over Brexit. Vote seen as adding instability to the multiple strains continent is suffering.

WSJETurkish military’s influence rising. A force that once ousted civilian leaders now shapes President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s moves in Syria and against Kurdish insurgents at home.

INYT – IHT –  ‘Brexit’ Vote Worries European Up-and-Comers Lured to Britain. Silvia Luis, from Portugal, is thinking of attending university in Scotland. Sandra Martinsone, a Latvian, said she might apply for citizenship or buy property. Julie Miquerol, from France, has sped up her plans to open a start-up company in Spain.

BBC EuropeUN says turning migrants away ‘won’t work’. The UN high commissioner for refugees says the migrants crisis is now a global phenomenon and that simply turning them away “won’t work”. Filippo Grandi told the BBC that more nations had to help the “few countries” shouldering the burden, by increasing both funding and resettlement.


Le Monde – Whit Monday holiday or worked : how was the day of ‘solidarity’ ?  It was after the deadly heat wave of 2003 : President Chirac and his government thought of sacrificing a holiday to fund a National Solidarity Fund for Autonomy (CNSA ). Reformed in 2008, then expanded to retirees , the mechanism brings in more than EUR 3 billion per year

Les Echos Sexual harassment: 17 female ex- ministers announced that they ” not be silent anymore. In an appeal published in the Journal Du Dimanche, seventeen former ministers ,from the left and right, say that the silence is no longer possible in sexual harassment cases .


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)Life’s icy back-up. Babies from the refrigerator and germ cells in the laboratory not only infertility treatment, even common diseases and lifestyle drive the reproductive medicine . We show how a young cancer patient with fertility issues experienced that.

Suddeutsche Zeitung Black-Green coalition in Parliament? With the CSU it remains a pipe dream.  A black – green government backed by Chancellor Merkel once very unlikely. But a lot has changed : in 2017 it would probably fail to work out, but not to CDU opposition. The enemy sits in Bavaria .


La Repubblica Trump: “Refugees plan a 9/11 style attack”. Tension with British Prime Minister Cameron over Trump’s anti-Islamic positions . The confrontation continues even with the newly-elected London Mayor , Sadiq Khan . On Brexit , the Republican candidate , disagrees with Obama,  “Brexit will have no impact on US- UK trade ” . Obama attacks : ” Ignorance is not a virtue “.

Il Sole 24 OreGovernment eyes reopening Voluntary Disclosure scheme for undeclared offshore income. The first edition of the Voluntary Disclosure scheme in 2015 brought in around €4 billion for the Italian Treasury. The final figure will be available once theItalian Revenue Agency completes its over 500,000 pending cases. The total value of offshore funds disclosed in last year’s program was €56.9 billion, of which only €15.7 billion however have returned to be managed or spent in Italy (26.4% of the total).


El PaisSocialist candidate presents new team to fight Podemos’ leftist alliance. Pedro Sánchez includes a Catalan running mate and a gender-equal prospective cabinet.


The TimesMillions of pounds put into Google by Church of England. Investment despite web giant’s tax record.

The GuardianDonald Trump says he might not have good relationship with David Cameron. US presidential candidate also challenges Sadiq Khan ‘to take an IQ test’ after the London mayor described him as ‘ignorant’.

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