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23/08 – Today’s headlines from across the EU


Financial Times Europe –  Renault emissions discrepancy omitted from official probe report. Pollutant ‘trap’ in overdrive during tests; Green groups fear state’s conflict of interest.

Wall Street Journal Europe – Syngenta deal clears major hurdle. ChemChina receives approval in US for $43 billion takeover of Swiss seed giant.

International New York Times – English village leads a climate revolution. Residents unite to reduce emissions with solar panels and no politicians.


Le MondeSarkozy campaigns for identity and Islam. Nicolas Sarkozy will announce, this week, his candidacy for the right wing primary election, which is planned for 20 and 27 November.

Les Echos – Identity, economy: Sarkozy’s plan for 2017. The former president announces his bid to become the right-wing’s presidential candidate in a new book, “Tout pour la France” (Everything for France). He hopes to distinguish himself on identity issues and with massive tax cuts.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Federal Government calls for an end to the dispute between Volkswagen and suppliers. “Let’s solve unresolved questions as soon as possible”. Short-time working menace for 30,000 employees.

Süddeutsche Zeitung –  30,000 Volkswagen employees on forced leave. The car manufacturer must stop production of the Golf and Passat models because of delivery strike. Volkswagen wants to pick up the necessary special parts by the end of the week via bailiffs.


La Repubblica –  “Here is the post-Brexit EU”. Angela Merkel: there is already flexibility.  A summit took place on the island of Ventotene between Angela Merkel, François Hollande and Matteo Renzi, who want to renew with growth.

Il Sole 24 Ore –  Defense, migrants and growth, the three EU priorities. Renzi: Brexit is not the end of Europe, now more investments. Merkel: flexibility within the Stability Pact. Hollande: more counter-terrorism measures.


Gazeta Wyborcza –  Our dear medals.  Tax payers found the Olympic Games’ winners their medal prizes, grants and awards. Gold medal can cost up to PLN 360,000 of which only PLN 175,300 is paid by the State. Unlike other countries who have Olympic Games winners, Poland has not identified its sports specialization yet so that its image could benefit from investments in the athletes.

El Pais – Cuidadanos and the PP fight each other about employment policies at the beginning of the negotiations. Political parties do not agree on employment contracts and on the independent labour force law.

Expansion – Banks bet on guaranteed funds. Santander, BBVA, CaixaBank and Bankia try to create loyalty from the customers of these products.


The Times – China takes control of North Sea oil drilling.  State-run company’s rigs are ‘strategic weapons’.

The Guardian Women still far adrift on salary and promotion. Average gender pay gap now 18% and widens after women have children.




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