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22/09 – Today’s headlines from across the EU


BBC Europe Rome Olympic chief’s fury at mayor’s bid veto. Calling the decision “demagogic and populist”, Giovanni Malago insisted the project was financially viable. Mayor Virginia Raggi, elected in June, said holding the Games in Rome would be “irresponsible”, and would leave the Italian capital indebted.

FT Europe

Deeply split Fed holds rates but signals rise likely before year’s end.

Three policymakers vote for immediate lift. Decision follows renewed BoJ inflation push.


Fed again leaves rates unchanged.

Three regional bank presidents dissent because they wanted to move rates up now.


Russia denies role in UN convoy strike.

Russia sought to distance itself on Wednesday from American accusations that it was responsible for the fiery destruction of a humanitarian convoy in Syria, with the foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, also seeking to absolve Syria of responsibility for the attack.


Le Monde 

Presidential primary: the French right has two months to resolve ideological disagree-ments.

The High Authority for the conservative presidential primary to unveil the official list of eight candidates on Wednesday.

Les Echos 

Automotive pollution: the French tax authorities get involved.

The state wants to recover possible “loss of earnings” related to the taxation of bonuses and penalties. The government will carry out further tests on vehicles with suspicious emissions.


Frankfurter Allgemeine

Government concerned about developments in East Germany.

Report assumes right-wing threat to social and economic progress.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Bahamas: Money stash for millionaires.

Confidential documents show that politicians, rich and even a sports federation have shell companies in the Caribbean. The former EU Competition Commissioner concealed connections to the tax haven


La Repubblica 

“No to the olympics of construction”: Raggi cancels Rome Games.

The mayor has decided to skip her meeting with the National Italian Olympic Committee (CONI).

Il Sole 24 Ore 

Industry 4.0, plan of €13 billion.

Renzi and Calenda presented fiscal incentives to trigger 10 billion of additional investment.


Gazeta Wyborcza 

Politicians under a cheap flag.

Former European Commissioner Neelie Kroes was a director in a company registered in the Bahamas but she had kept it secret. An international journalistic inquiry the Bahamas Leaks also discloses why Polish ships sail under a foreign flag.


El Pais 

Sánchez attacks to eliminate any criticism against PSOE.

Faced with the risk of a new electoral setback in Galicia and in the Basque Country, he convenes the government’s permanent committee and the federal committee on 1 October.


Inditex grows more than 8% in Spain and creates 2,400 jobs.

The group’s net profit rose 8% to €10.46 billion, record revenue in the first semester.


The Times

MI6 hires hundreds more spies in war against terror.

Secret Intelligence Service seeks more women and ethnic minorities.

The Guardian 

UK economy defies gloom after EU shock.

Analysis allays fears of recession as OECD softens dire predictions.

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