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18/08 – Today’s headlines from across the EU

EUROPEAN HEADLINES

FTBanks’ US deal opens floodgates to billions more in forex claims. New phase looms in currency rigging scandal. London and Asia civil cases expected.

WSJEDeadly bomb blasts Thai capital. A bomb placed inside a shrine in the centre of Bangkok’s main shopping district exploded during the evening rush hour Monday, killing at least 18 people and reviving fears of a return to the political violence that has plagued Thailand for years.

INYTJihad and girl power. How ISIS lured 3 London teenagers.

BALTIC STATES

Baltic Times – Linkevicius accuses Putin of undermining Minsk agreements. Lithuania’s Foreign Minister has accused  Putin of deliberately undermining the Minsk ceasefire agreements. On Monday, Linkevicius tweeted Putin’s visit to Crimea, and the recent escalation in violence in Eastern Ukraine were “coordinated efforts” to undermine the Minsk Agreements.

FRANCE

Le MondeGreece: economists doubt the effectiveness of the third rescue plan. The €86 billion programme has yet to be accepted by many national Parliaments this week.

Les EchosOil: a collapse upsetting global balance. “Black gold” declined by 61% since mid-2014. Exporting countries have no other choice but to borrow money or cut spending. A breath of fresh air for Western countries.

GERMANY

Frankrurter Allgemeine (FAZ)Vienna defends itself against accusations of “letting refugees go through.” Refugees coming from the Mediterranean regions, often enter Germany though Italy and Austria, without being controlled.

Sueddeutche ZeitungAmazon employees complain about harassment. Surveillance, mutual blackening, and rude tone: even executives of the largest online retailer criticise the harsh working conditions.

ITALY

La RepubblicaMigrants: Merkel and Renzi vow to help; they declare it “a European emergency”. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi have met at the Milan Expo to talk about the migrant crisis. The head of the Italian Bishops Conference, Antonio Bagnasco, wonders what the UN is doing.

Il Sole 24 OreJuncker plan: two billion euros allocated to Italy. At least two billion euros of financing to be released before the end of the year have been approved. This will help pay for two motorway infrastructure projects, as well as provide loans to small businesses.

POLAND

Gazeta WyborczaPresident Duda makes his way into the world. President Andrzej Duda will visit first Tallinn, Berlin and London. The schedule of foreign visits implies that on a large extent, he will continue Bronisław Komorowski’s strategy.

SPAIN

El PaisTianjin’s catastrophe becomes a political crisis. Suspicion of corruption with the people linked to the storage of 700 tonnes of toxic products.

ExpansionTreasury’s record issue before the election. Spanish Treasury to issue bond for €7 billion in order to avoid electoral uncertainty.

UK

The TimesInstant refunds for rail delays. Passengers should not have to jump through hoops, ministers say.

The GuardianBurnham and Cooper turn on each other as pressure grows. Rival camps in public spat over best candidate to defeat Corbyn.

 

 

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