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23/07 – Today’s headlines from across the EU

EUROPEAN HEADLINES

FTAlzheimer’s breakthrough hopes add to promise of pharma revival. Eli Lilly clinical trial yields positive signs. Research advances end innovation drought.

WSJE  – US mulls better radar for Ukraine. The Pentagon is moving toward providing Ukraine with new, longer-range radar to help it counter artillery being used by Russia-backed rebels, as US military officials signal a growing willingness to bolster the country’s defenses.

INYT China moves to muzzle human rights lawyers. More than 200 detained in the most sweeping crackdown in decades.

BALTIC STATES

Baltic Times – Seimas Speaker Grauziniene: Lithuania “not ready” for same-sex partnerships. Speaking to Ziniu Radijas yesterday, she said: “Our society is not ready for such an action.” According to Grauziniene, such decisions could be made after a new and more tolerant generation grows.

FRANCE

Le MondeThe French government’s plan for farmers is limited to emergency measures. The government announced short-term aid for farmers facing difficulties, but did not plan any in-depth restructuration of the sector

Les EchosCompanies now believe recovery is possible. Business climate has improved in July and reaches its highest level since the summer of 2011. Fix-term contracts hiring sees sharp improvement in the second term.

GERMANY

Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ)Municipalities say refugee camps for asylum seekers from the Balkans are helpful. Procedures for applicants from safe countries of origin are to be further accelerated.

Suedeutsche ZeitungTsipras gets praised by Brussels. The Greek PM strictly implements the creditors’ reform plan. While the European Commission supports him demonstratively, allegiance in the Syriza Group is crumbling.

ITALY

La RepubblicaKidnapping, secret exchange negotiations initiated, two jihadists arrested. How the Italian hostage crisis in Libya will be solved remains a mystery. The possibility of an exchange with smugglers has been mentioned. Separately, two jihadists have been arrested in Brescia.

Il Sole 24 OreThe ECB raises funds for Greece and negotiations about helps are still underway. Greek banks can breathe again, for the second consecutive week the ECB decided to increase by €900 billion the emergency liquidity.

IRELAND

Irish TimesEnda Kenny: FF/Green coalition caused most damage to economy.

NETHERLANDS

NOS – Treat all police who shoot as suspects, says police union. Police officers who are involved in shooting incidents should be treated as suspects from the word go, because this will give them more rights within the legal system, according to police union ACP.

MALTA

The Times of Malta – Greek MPs agree crucial reforms to allow new bailout talks despite Syriza split. The reforms to the judiciary and banking systems were the final hurdle the financially-battered country was obliged to clear before it can start talks with its creditors on a third bailout worth around €85 billion.

POLAND

GazetaThe fear-sick ward. In 2009, attendants from a psychiatric hospital in Starogard Gdański wrote a letter of despair to the Ombudsman for Children to complain about the hospital head’s cruel and humiliating treatment of patients. The psychiatrist is still practicing medicine and has been unpunished for five years

SPAIN

El PaisAccording to the King, Mas’ bet on independence is “unbearable”. Felipe VI will meet with the regional president again in Barcelona today

ExpansionSantander strengthens its presence in Metrovacesa. Sabadell gets out of the real estate company and the operation announces the new transformation of debt into capital.

UK

The TimesChild abuse cover-up at the heart of government. Spy chief urged secrecy over claims about MP

The GuardianChinese fears take shine off Apple profit rise. Growing concerns about the health of the Chinese economy yesterday helped wipe as much as $ 60bn off the value of Apple – the world’s biggest company – despite the technology company reporting a sharp increase in global sales and profits.

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