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2/12- Today’s headlines from across the EU


FT Europe – Greece threatened with Schengen suspension over migrant response. Athens urged to strengthen borders. Frustration at country’s failure to accept EU help.

WSJE – Oil titans battle in Europe. Saudi Arabia takes on Russia for market dominance in Sweden and Poland.

INYT – Small state plays big role at climate talks. Marshall Islands’ push for “loss and damage” could cost West billions.

BBC Europe – Alan Johnson launches Labour’s ‘keep UK in the EU’ campaign. Labour has launched its campaign for the UK to stay in the EU, claiming the country’s security depends on its continued membership.
The campaign, led by ex-Home Secretary Alan Johnson, will be run separately to the cross-party, pro-EU campaign.He said the Paris attacks underlined the need for Britain to “stand shoulder to shoulder with our allies in Europe”.


Le Monde – Right and left paralysed against the boost of the Front National. While the FN is highly placed in surveys, other parties lack a strategy and wonder about the appropriateness of a republican front.

Les EchoesRegional elections: the reasons why employers’ organisations fear a victory of the FN. According to Pierre Gattaz, the National Front’s economic programme is exactly « the opposite of what we need to kick-start economic growth ». FN Vice-President Florian Philippot is leading the election polls in the Great East for the first time in history.


Frankfurter Allgemeine – Parents sentenced to life imprisonment for “honour killing.” The judge sees unconditional destruction willingness. No special degree of fault.

Suedeutsche ZeitungBundeswehr mission in Syria may start in January. The Cabinet approves the Anti-IS-Mission. Broad consensus emerging among Union and SPD.


La RepubblicaGDP slightly decreases, fear for recovery. As growth brakes, it casts doubts over year-end targets. However Matteo Renzi confirms 2015 will achieve a 0.9% growth.

Il Sole 24 OreGrowth slightly slowing down: 0.9% objective at risk. In the third quarter, Italy’s GDP grew by 0.2% compared to 0.8% in the second quarter. In October, unemployment was at 11.5%, its lowest level in three years, but youth unemployment increased.


Gazette Wyborcza – Court defends its independence. Despite Presidential pardoning of Mariusz Kamiński, the case’s files were referred to the Appellate Court for their reconsideration. The Court might also state if President is authorised to discontinue court proceedings at all.


El Pais  70% of Spaniards criticise Rajoy’s absence in the electoral debate. 25% of Spanish people followed the candidates’ debates on “El Pais.”

ExpansionAbengoa: Santander leads negotiation of release. The biggest creditors ask KPMG for an analysis of the group‘s total debt.


The Times Less than half of voters back airstrikes on Syria. Poll finds millions turning against military action as MPs decide.

The GuardianBattle line drawn on Syria vote. PM tries to rally Tories with terror jibe at Corbyn. Labour leader rejects “bomb first, talk later” stance. Germany and US commit forces to combat ISIS.




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