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18/03 – Today’s headlines from across the EU

EUROPEAN HEADLINES

FT EuropeBlock on Lula stokes street anger as Brazil descends into crisis. Judge stops Rousseff appointing mentor. Wiretaps fuel accusations. Markets rally.

WSJEMystery of the missing oil. IEA data can’t account for 800,000 barrels a day of crude, a large part of the global glut.

INYTWhere Europe’s crises collide. A prostrate Greece finds itself a holding pen for refugees as brokers close.

BBC Europe – Turkey scrutinises deal at EU summit. EU leaders are holding talks with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Brussels in an attempt to reach a deal over the migrant crisis. An EU proposal would see Turkey offered financial aid and political concessions in return for taking back all migrants travelling to Greece.
EU leaders have watered down the incentives and correspondents say it is unclear if a deal can be done.

FRANCE

Le MondeValls gives civil servants a pay rise before presidential election. On Thursday, the government was expected to offer unions a 1.2% pay rise for civil servants, representing an annual expenditure of 2.4 billion euros.

Les EchosHow CAC 40 giants see the economic recovery. CAC 40 groups’ profits reached €53 billion in 2015. Insee considers that the French economy is resisting in the context of a global slowdown.

GERMANY 

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)Seehofer is on collision course with Merkel’s refugee policy. The Bavarian PM does not rule out a nationwide expansion of the CSU. EU summit starts.

Sueddeutsche ZeitungEU hopes to reach a deal in the refugee crisis. President Tusk is “cautiously optimistic” at the beginning of the Brussels summit. But doubts remains about whether the deal with Ankara to take back migrants is legally sound.

ITALY

La RepubblicaLet’s stop the ISIS genocide. US Secretary of State John Kerry has accused ISIS of committing genocide towards religious minorities. Italian Foreign Minister Roberta Pinotta: “Libya will not be another Iraq.”

Il Sole 24 Ore“Clarify the future of the Eurozone.” Draghi: “We need reforms to stimulate demand, lower rates and boost investments.”

POLAND

Gazeta WyborczaWomen in danger of poverty. Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) warns that restoring lower retirement age, as planned by the Government, will significantly lower the value of pension benefits. Under such a scenario, Polish women, who are soon to retire, will have their pensions reduced by several % and even 40% in the case of currently 40-years-old women.

SPAIN

El País –  Errejón is to strike back for Podemos’ control. Iglesias today will look for the support of local leaders to reassert his authority upon the organisation.

UK

The TimesBillionaire Tory backer blacklisted by top bank. Wafic Saïd, the billionaire philanthropist, former arms dealer and Tory backer, has been blacklisted by Barclays and told that it no longer wants him as a client.

The GuardianTory rebellion grows over disability cuts. Osborne budget plan to save £1.3 billion would hit “exactly the wrong people.”

 

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