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17/07 – Today’s headlines from across the EU

EUROPEAN HEADLINES

FT Athens wins lifeline as Draghi stands by Greece’s place in euro. Plans for €7 billion bridging finance to avert default. Banks could reopen after ECB loans.

WSJEMigrant boom in a Saharan boon. In this dust-caked desert outpost more than 300 kilometres from the nearest city, Idriss Mohammad spent his 20s scratching out a living driving tourists into the Sahara.

INYTUkraine recall the day the bodies fell. Villagers mourn and seek answers one year after the downing of Flight 17.

FRANCE

Le MondeIce mountains and canyons: Pluto and Charon reveal their secrets. The first high resolution images from Pluto and its so-called moon Charon reveal unexpected geological structures.

Les EchosGreen taxation: the measures prepared by the government. The French government is considering a return to 5.5% VAT for subways, buses, and regional trains. Ségolène Royal excludes the alignment of diesel taxation with gas taxation in the short term.

GERMANY

Frankfurter Allgemeine Schäuble raises doubts over the agreement with Athens. The Federal Finance Minister indicated that he had serious doubts whether the talks with Athens can be successful.

Suedeutsche ZeitungECB keeps Greek banks alive. Following the vote of the Greek Parliament, PM Tsipras receives important assistance: the European Central Bank keeps supporting financial institutions and the Eurogroup promises a three-year bailout programme.

ITALY

La RepubblicaGreece: the ECB releases liquidity. Draghi alleviates the debt burden. The European Union votes a third bailout plan and grants a €7 billion loan.

Il Sole 24 OreThe ECB increases aid to Greece while Draghi opts for debt reduction. A €7 billion bridge loan is under examination by the EU, while the ECB has raised emergency liquidity for Greek banks to 900 million.

POLAND

Gazeta Junk food not for children. The anti-fast food regulations enforced by the Ministry of Health to Polish schools are meant to protect children against junk food and help them acquire healthy eating habits. The new law, however, is criticized by entrepreneurs who assert that it will not change the habits but lead to bankruptcy of school kiosks and cafeteria’s owners.

SPAIN

El PaisThe Mas-Junqueras pact includes measures to bypass the State. The independence process is considering breaking up with the constitutional power and creating its own Inland Revenue Department in order to avoid sanctions and reprisals.

ExpansionShares rise on Stock Exchanges. The market has experienced its best period since January and has been on the rise for seven days in a row.

UK

The TimesBBC radio at risk in licence fee revolution. Stations targeted and top-up TV charge proposed.

The GuardianInterest rate to rise soon, Bank warns. Carney expects first change since 2009 at turn of the year.

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