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31/05 – Today’s headlines from across the EU



FT Europe

Brussels urges light-touch rules for “sharing economy” businesses. Push to harmonise regulation across EU. Bid to ease tension over Uber and Airbnb.


Global lenders in retreat. It is no longer a viable strategy to be a financial supermarket around the world.


Ex-president of Chad is convicted of war crimes. Habré gets life sentence for torture and death of tens of thousands.

 BBC Europe

 France labour dispute: Hollande digs in as rail strike looms.  President Francois Hollande of France has insisted that a controversial labour reform will not be withdrawn as strike action looms on the railways. “The bill will not be withdrawn,” he told a newspaper. “The text assures the best performance for businesses and offers new rights to employees.”



Le Monde

Pierre Gattaz’s charge against the CGT: “They act as thugs.” The Medef violently denounces the union in an interview with “Le Monde.” “The CGT is drifting and becoming more radical.”


Les Echos

Protests: SNCF now at the very heart of the conflict. Three unions launched indefinite strike action, starting tonight. In order to reduce the extent of the crisis, the government has agreed to make concessions, rejected by SNCF’s heads.




Frankfurter Allgemeine

Merkel and Seehofer make serious accusations against Gauland.Abject and sad sentence.” “Pathetic.” AfD Vice-President answers: I’m not a racist.


Sueddeutsche Zeitung

The Federal government helps dairy farmers. Due to the dramatic drop in prices, farmers receive €100 million. But Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt rejects new production quotas.




La Repubblica

Killed and burned by her ex; “no one stopped to help her”. Rome, the man confesses: I am a monster. The car-drivers: we were too afraid.


Il Sole 24 Ore

IRS revises deadlines: the prolongation for the 730 is about to arrive. Today at the Council of Ministers traceable vouchers: fine up to 2,400€.




Gazeta Wyborcza

Illegal Christ. Yesterday, an over five meter tall statue of Jesus was transported to one of Poznań town parishes. The transport was illegal because the Town Hall had not given any consent to erect another monument of this type in the city. Surprisingly, the Defence Ministry lent a helping hand, sending soldiers to escort the illegal transport.





El Pais

PSOE proposes political pact with Catalonia. Socialist electoral initiatives include a process to strengthen Catalonia’ self-governance as part of the Constitutional reform.



Telefonica, Iberdrola and Inditex, against a Brexit. Telefonica, Iberdrola and Inditex have joined other large European companies in a public letter against a Brexit.




The Times

Ministers ignored risk of people trafficking. The Home Office dismissed concerns by the borders inspector over people smuggling in small boats as “not significant” only months ago.

The Guardian

Labour voters in the dark about party’s stance on Brexit, research says. With only three weeks to go before EU referendum, there is concern in ‘remain’ camp that more needs to be done to make position clear.


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