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29/07 – Today’s headlines from across the EU


BBC EuropeHinkley Point: Surprise delay for nuclear plant deal. Plans to build the first new UK nuclear plant in 20 years have suffered an unexpected delay after the government postponed a final decision until the early autumn. French firm EDF, which is financing most of the £18bn Hinkley Point project in Somerset, approved the funding at a board meeting. Contracts were to be signed on Friday.

FT Europe

IMF accused of bowing to Brussels pressure in eurozone debt crisis. Internal review finds commission influenced staff. Lagarde rejects “premise” of report.


Behind Clinton’s caution.

As first lady, she faced scandal probes, personal tragedy, a health-care plan headed for defeat.


For Putin, a tense history with Clinton

Claims of Russia’s hand in email hacking will only deepen mutual suspicion.


Le Monde

Fight against terrorism: political row over the strengthening of repressive measures

How to protect the country from terrorist attacks without abandoning rule of law? The debate is renewed after the church attack on 26 July
Les Echos 

Optimism from French champions

Despite a difficult context, the first publications of the CAC40 are encouraging. The car industry and large-scale consumption are leading. Six pages of a special report.


Frankfurter Allgemeine

Turkey urges Berlin to extradite Gülen followers

Kretschmann rejects interference. “Suspend EU accession negotiations.”
Süddeutsche Zeitung 

Merkel: We can do it – in spite of everything

The Chancellor sees Germany facing a historic test against the terror of ISIS. She doesn’t want citizens to lose their feeling of security. A nine-point plan should help.


La Repubblica 

Merkel: at war with ISIS, but I won’t close the door to refugees

The killer of the priest had threatened churches online. Ankara’s alert was ignored, French police has been blamed.
Il Sole 24 Ore 

MPS: todays is he ECB’s verdict. Other plan by UBS-Passera

The Swiss colossus among the promoters of an alternative offer.


Gazeta Wyborcza 

Desire of power

“The desire of power, magnitude and fame is a tragically human thing and a huge temptation, which may sneak everywhere. To give yourself to others, while staying humble – this is subtly divine approach,” Pope Francis said at the Jasna Góra holy place. President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Beata Szydło and head of PiS party Kaczyński were in the audience listening to the Pope’s speech.


Ei Pais 

Rajoy leaves unresolved the King’s asking to form a government

The president commits to try to find an agreement but not to be subjected to vote. Ana Pastor, President of the Congress, did not specify if Rajoy will undergo the investiture procedure.

Popular to dismiss its CEO

Antonio del Valle and other shareholders initiated the move.


The Times 

Chaos over £18bn nuclear plant

Ministers stunned energy industry by announcing a further review of the Hinkley Point nuclear power station hours after the French state electricity giant EDF had approved the project.
The Guardian

Hinkley Point C in doubt after British government delays approval

Ministers to conduct fresh review into long-delayed project, with no green light expected until autumn despite EDF’s confirmation. GBP 18 billion power station is monumental disaster, say green campaigners.
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