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17/11 – Today’s headlines from across the EU


BBC Europe Obama defends globalisation on Germany visit. In a joint article, Mr Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that with the global economy developing faster than ever, co-operation was vital.  Mr Obama arrived in Germany from Athens where he had warned of threats to modern democracy.

FT Europe

Rio faces fresh scrutiny over $10.5m Guinea consultant fee

Emails on payment uncovered in 2015. Authorities informed only last week.


Beijing’s military heartbreak

Xi wants a global armed force, but combat deaths prompt soul-searching.


Will ties with Cuba unravel?

President-elect has said that he will roll back Obama’s sweeping détente.


Le Monde 

French presidential election: Emmanuel Macron wants to lead “the progressive camp”

Speaking from a vocational training facility in Bobigny, former French Economy Minister announced his presidential candidacy on 16 November.

Les Echos 

Climate: companies’ warning on Trump

360 US companies call on the president-elect to respect COP21 commitments. John Kerry maintains the United States’ targets. The end of fossil fuel energy is not for tomorrow.


Frankfurter Allgemeine

Steinmeier: A Federal President must be a motivator

Merkel: The right candidate at this time. Gabriel thanks CDU/CSU for support.

Süddeutsche Zeitung 

Obama praises “flame of democracy”

The outgoing US president is in Athens trying to reduce fear of Donald Trump: America will remain committed to NATO. He warns Europeans against nationalism.


La Repubblica

EU: flexibility for Italy

Brussels: stability pact not fulfilled but deficit may be increased due to earthquakes and the migrant crisis.

Il Sole 24 Ore 

Fines, simplification: changes to tax rules

Renzi: fewer taxes for recruitment in the South. Bonus already signed.


Gazeta Wyborcza 

Pensions in new way again

Yesterday, the Sejm lowered the retirement age in Poland for women to 60 years and for men to 65 years. The new law will come in force on 1 October 2017. The government assures that the citizens will be able to choose if they want to use the privilege or to continue to work.


El Pais

PSOE vetoes Fernando Diaz at the Congress

Socialists veto the PP and relegate former minister to less important position.


Record Christmas

Large consumption sales will grow by about 5% during this Christmas campaign. Black Friday offers and online trade are favouring consumption.


The Times 

95% of new workers are foreigners

Unemployment at 11-year low despite Brexit fears.

The Guardian 

University staff contracts “like Sports Direct”

More than half of lecturers employed on non-permanent or hourly basis.




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