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24/03 – Today’s headlines from across the EU

EUROPEAN HEADLINES

FT EuropeBelgium widens terror suspect probe. Local media report second attacker at Brussels metro.

WSJE – Number of Attackers, Key Details of Brussels Assaults Remain Unclear. Investigators were still trying to piece together key details of the bombings that killed more than 30 people at the Brussels subway and airport, as questions remained about many attackers took part and whether there was more than one plotter still on the loose.

INYT – Belgium failed to act on terror warning -says Turkey. Turkey’s president said one of the Brussels suicide bombers, suspected of being a terrorist, was deported less than a year ago, but Belgian officials said neither brother had been under suspicion until recently.

BBC EuropeParis attacks suspect Abdeslam ‘will not fight extradition’. Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has changed his mind and will not fight extradition from Belgium to France, his lawyer says. Abdeslam is one of the key suspects in November’s Paris attacks which left 130 people dead.

FRANCE

Le Monde Salah Abdeslam will not extradited before April 7. His lawyer says he will not fight extradition to France.

Les EchosBrussels attacks: Abdeslam is ready to be transferred to France. The three suicide bombers have been identified while at least one other suspect, the third man who was at the airport, is actively sought.

 GERMANY

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)Brussels terrorist cell watched in nuclear power scare. Both Brussels suicide bomber apparently were  behind the spying on Belgian nuclear experts . This feeds the suspicion that nuclear power plants are being targeted by terrorists.

Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) – Police searched homes in the Ixelles district of Brussels. Perhaps the Brussels subway bomber was not alone : images of a surveillance camera show a second , unidentified suspect.

ITALY

La RepubblicaA second Metro bomber is identified. Police confirm that Khalid El Bakraoui was not alone at Maelbeek  Metro station, but it is unknown whether the accomplice is dead or managed to escape? The terrorists were also spying on a nuclear programme executive.

POLAND

Gazeta WyborczaKaczynski:  There are sharp political struggles with the opposition , we are in an emergency situation.

SPAIN

El Pais – Acting PM Rajoy has barely met in person with king since election. King Felipe VI and acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy have hardly had any working meetings since the December 20 general election. Before that, the heads of state and government would hold weekly face-to-face sessions, and the royal palace sometimes released photographs of these encounters.

UK

The Times – Blunders by Belgium let bomber slip through net. One of the Brussels suicide bombers was identified as a terrorist and deported from Turkey to Europe last year yet Belgium police failed to arrest him.

The Guardian – Paris suspect Salah Abdeslam says he ‘didn’t know’ of plans to attack Brussels. Lawyer says Abdeslam seeks extradition to France.

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