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18/12 – Today’s headlines from across the EU

EUROPEAN HEADLINES

FT Europe –  Cameron rebuffed but hopes persist of EU deal. EU leaders seek to strike agreement at February summit

WSJE – IMF Chief Lagarde Ordered to Stand Trial in France. A French judicial commission has ordered International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde to stand trial for alleged negligence over a decision she made as finance minister.

INYT Link to Paris Attack Roils Debate Over Migrants in Hungary. The Hungarian government, widely criticized in the West for its hostility toward refugees, has seized on evidence of visits to Budapest in September by Salah Abdeslam, whom the authorities have identified as the only known survivor among the terrorists in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, to assert that the migrants who camped out at the Keleti station provided a pool of willing terrorist recruits.

BBC Europe – EU renegotiations: Pathway for deal found – Cameron. The prime minister set out his reform demands, which include controversial plans to curb access to benefits for migrants, at a dinner in Brussels. He said “good progress” has been made but it would be “hard work” to get a deal by his February deadline

FRANCE

Le Monde – Europe ready to help David Cameron to avoid ” Brexit “. 27 European leaders meeting in Brussels showed their common will to reach an agreement , by February 2016, on requests put to them by David Cameron.

Les EchosRegional elections: Half the regions elect new presidents. Valérie Pécresse, Christian Estrosi  and Jean-Yves Le Drian will be elected at the head of their respective Regional Councils.

GERMANY

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)Spain’s fateful choice. After forty years something important even historic is happening in Spain. There is a choice on Sunday a new generation replaces there old, the policies are more complicated, but perhaps a real improvemnent.

Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) – Target for asylum decisions within 48 hours. The large number of refugees has overwhelmed the German bureaucracy – at least thus far. Is a project in Heidelberg , the model of the future ?

ITALY

La RepubblicaBosch: vote of no-confidence : ” If there were any favoritism , I would be the first to resign “. “If my father had been really helped , I’d be the first to resign . But a lot of lies have been told: It is a political attack against the government and my family .

Il Sole 24 Ore – Beijing’s Unknown Bonds Usage. The United States may not have noticed yesterday due to Labor Day, but the drastic reduction of Chinese reserves could have a far reaching impact—namely, it could raise the rates of US national bonds way over expectations.

POLAND

Gazeta Wyborcza – Macierewicz attack on NATO’s Counterintelligence Centre.

SPAIN

El Pais – Socialists and Podemos in fierce fight for votes in leftist strongholds. PP increases pressure on Ciudadanos to provide support to stop a “super-red” alliance.

Expansion – Abengoa launches a plan to divest up to 3,000 million euros. The group will divest all non- business engineering , including Yieldco , Bioenergy and Water. In parallel, it will undertake a cut overhead costs 40%

UK

The TimesCharities cash in on relatives of the dead. MPs threaten inquiry into  “indefensible” actions.

The Guardian – EU renegotiation: Cameron faces Brussels deadlock over migrants’ benefits. Talks in Brussels end with agreement to find common solution by February, despite opposition to four-year ban from over a dozen states

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