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29/09 – Today’s headlines from across the EU


BBC Europe – Italian PM Matteo Renzi warns UK over EU rights. It will be “impossible” for Brexit talks to result in a deal that gives Britons more rights than others outside the EU, Italy’s PM has told the BBC. Matteo Renzi warned that leaving the EU would be a “very difficult process” – but the problems could be solved only after the UK began the exit procedure. He said the Brexit vote had been “a bad decision” but had to be respected

FT Europe

Berlin and Draghi dragged into fears over Deutsche Bank heath

Germany denies rescue being prepared. Bundestag grills ECB chief over lender’s future.


Opec forms consensus for cuts

Group will meet in November to come to terms on a plan for reducing production.


The children of Aleppo are trapped in a kill zone

Syrian city’s youngest suffer high casualties as bombing intensifies.


Le Monde

Lively debates on the 2017 budget amid election stakes

The government has presented its 2017 draft budget on Wednesday 28 September amid the election year. It predicts 1.5% growth.

Les Echos

Taxes, spending, deficit: the legacy of Hollande

The last draft finance bill of the five-year term was presented Wednesday. It provides for a return of the deficit below 3% of GDP, despite a net increase in spending.


Frankfurter Allgemeine

Merkel honors Shimon Peres as a “great statesman”

Obama: a warrior for peace. The former president of Israel died at the age of 93 years.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung

“A plea for Sigmar Gabriel”

Who of the Social Democrats will be candidate for chancellor? The important SPD regional section in Northrhine-Westfalia is now behind the party leader -he is to be become Germany’s next head of government.


La Repubblica 

Pensions deal completed: higher minimum payments

Union leaders and the government have reached a deal for the pensions, which will increase.

Il Sole 24 Ore 

Early retirement, a €6 billion reform

The 14th month extended to 1.2 million pensioners.


Gazeta Wyborcza 

Revolution in pension policy

The Social Insurance Institution has issued recommendations for the government’s pensions reform. The key change is lowering the pension age to 60 for women and 65 for men and also banning retirees from taking on any jobs until they turn 67.


El Pais 

Sanchez maintains his position after his dismissal

The majority of the PSOE’s board resigns and leaves the general secretary with no function. The dismissed leader ignores the decisions and stays at the head of a minority.


The PSOE breaks up

Sánchez hangs on to his post with half of the party’s board against him.


The Times 

Abuse inquiry in tatters after lawyer suspended

Conflict and division as May’s £100m child sex investigation heads for “fiasco”.

The Guardian

Aleppo begs for help as Assad forces hit hospitals

“Tell the world to wake up, to wake their consciences …,” says Bara’a, a nurse at one of the affected hospitals.
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