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30/03 – Today’s headlines from across the EU

EUROPEAN HEADLINES

FT EuropeProspects dim for rate rise as Yellen adopts cautious line. Fed chair points to global weakness. Outlook for inflation also uncertain.

WSJEYellen defends rate caution. While the Fed expects modest US growth, global tumult supports slower pace of hikes.

INYTIn Europe, ISIS sowed its seeds. For years, the authorities discounted small attacks as isolated, random acts.

BBC Europe – Paris attacks: Hollande drops plans to strip nationality. French President Francois Hollande has dropped plans to change the constitution to strip militants convicted of terror attacks of their French nationality. “A compromise appears out of reach,” Mr Hollande said after the two houses of parliament failed to agree the reforms.

BALTIC STATES

Baltic Times – First refugees in Estonia to be relocated to Tallinn and Tartu. The first seven refugees to be brought to Estonia from Greece under the European Union’s resettlement plan, will be settled in the capital Tallinn and Estonia’s second-largest city, Tartu. “The refugees will arrive during this week and they will be settled in Tartu and Tallinn,” A spokeswoman for the Interior Ministry said.

FRANCE

Le MondeSlaughterhouse scandal: the industry of animal cruelty. After animal abuse cases in the Gard department, in Vigan and Alès, the slaughterhouse of Mauléon-Licharre, in Pays Basque, is threatened.

Les Echos – Investigation into the very elite circle of companies’ saviours. Doux, Continental Nutrition, Sinequanone… these experts are just a few, dealing with sensitive issues. They must deal with unions and the pressure of political agents, willing to limit the damages.

GERMANY

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) – Federal government: no comment on Erdoğan’s understanding of democracy. German ambassador summoned because of a TV show. Paris denounces the criticism forwarded to the diplomat.

Suedeutsche Zeitung (SZ)Apple defies the FBI. The US federal police has cracked the encryption of an iPhone, thus proving that the mobile phone is vulnerable. The company now announces plans to improve its safety technology.

IRELAND

Irish Times – Enda Kenny tells Parliament choice is ‘FG minority government or election’. As talks continued Wednesday between Fine Gael and Independents on forming a minority government, sources said Mr Kenny said the choice was a stark one and the TDs needed to be fully aware of the consequences if a minority government could not be formed.

ITALY

La RepubblicaRegeni’s parents’ ultimatum. The possibility of the killers being armed by the security services is considered. The mother of Giulio Regeni, who was tortured and killed in Egypt at the end of January, has given the Egyptian government until April 5th to answer. If not, they expect the Italian government to intervene.

Il Sole 24 OreUnic document and 730, the IRS launches the pre-filled operation. From medical expenses to loans, more than 700 million data have already been collected.

NETHERLANDS

NoSThe Dutch parliament has taken the first step in banning petrol and diesel cars from sale in the Netherlands from 2025. On Tuesday the lower house supported a motion from the Labour PvdA party to do all it can to ensure all new cars are sustainable from 2025.

POLAND

Gazeta WyborczaDigging in the energy sector. To date, nearly 30 activists of Law and Justice have been appointed to lucrative posts in Energa, the energy company listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Nobody from Law and Justice is capable of explaining how the nominees have found out about recruitment – if it had not been publically advertised.

SPAIN

El PaísAlierta leaves Telefónica after finalising its global expansion. The multinational company bets on the transition launched with the election of Alvarez-Pallete as the new President.

UK

The TimesBritain’s biggest steelworks set to close. Port Talbot shutdown will cost at least 4,000 jobs.

The GuardianBrexit danger: Bank issues stark warning. Risk of run on the pound and more costly mortgages if Britain quits the EU, says committee.

 

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