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19/01 – Today’s headlines from across the EU


BBC EuropeItaly avalanche: ‘Many missing’ in Rigopiano hotel in Abruzzo. Rescuers battled overnight to reach the Rigopiano hotel, with the first of them arriving on skis. Snow dislodged by the avalanche had blocked the roads. One person has been pulled dead from the snow. Two have been found alive but most others appear to be still buried. One official said there were “many dead” in the hotel.

FT Europe

Citi and Goldman join rivals in riding the Trump trading surge.

Wall St reaps reward from post-election pick-up. Analysts caution on “cyclical hurdles”.


UK defies weak growth predictions.

The UK economy has performed better that most experts expected since June’s Brexit vote, thanks largely to British consumers who confounded predictions that they would cut back on spending.


A long flirtation with Russia.

For three decades, Trump and his family have been chasing deals in Moscow.


Le Monde

United Kingdom: Theresa May chooses an iron Brexit.

On Tuesday 17 January, the British PM called for the UK to leave the European Single Market, without dispelling all the ambiguities surrounding the post-Brexit.

Les Echos

Health: polemic on mutual funds’ role to increase.

Various candidates for the Elysée wants to reduce their importance, or cancel them. The French Mutualité denounces “a simplistic vision” and makes proposals.


Frankfurter Allgemeine

Gauck calls upon Germans to get more involved in democracy.

Federal President: Western life model “under attack”. Farewell speech.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung

Gauck: Democracy should defend itself.

In his farewell speech, the Federal President warns against a loss of control of the state. If “the rulers were no longer the master of the situation,” populists could continue to sow their doubts.


La Repubblica

The never-ending earthquake.

The ground shakes again, one dead. Rescuers blocked by the snow.

Il Sole 24 Ore

“No to a Europe with two levels of flexibility.”

Padoan at Davos: Europe’s issues come from Frankfort and Berlin.


Gazeta Wyborcza 

Robot like a human.

MEPs work on a law for an “electronic person” that is to define its code of ethics and taking responsibility for its behaviour. The regulations would be applicable to the Artificial Intelligence robots and machines, which is an exceptional move as so far the European Union has awarded rather than outpaced technological development.


El Pais

Madina and José Carlos Díez appear as the keys of the future PSOE.

The MP and the economist will lead the main conferences during the party congress.


UBS negotiates to transfer 300 bankers to the City.

It has maintained contacts with Guindos in order to transfer part of its investment bank.


The Times

Fifth of new medicines to be rationed.

NHS cost-cutting raises fears for patient safety.

The Guardian

May told: don’t expect an easy ride on Brexit.

Negotiator say process will not offer opportunity to keep EU’s best parts.



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