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WSJEBritish Jihadist in videos named. The masked Islamic State militant known as Jihadi John, who appeared in several videos showing the beheading of hostages, was identified by Western officials on Thursday as Mohamed Emwazi – a British man who was known to British authorities for years.

INYT ISIS video figure slipped by British. Mistreatment and flaws in surveillance mark Londoner’s path to terror.

France
Le Monde – Innovation: France racks up patents.
The number of patents filed in Europe by France increased by 4% in 2014; a figure well above the European average (+1.2%).

Les EchosWhy the French are flocking for life insurance.
Rising sharply, net inflows reached €2.3 billion in January. Growing success for payments into unit-linked accounts.

Germany
Frankfurter AlgemeinerIndignation in Berlin over Greek Finance Minister.
Yánis Varoufakis speaks of haircut again; the German parliament votes on aid to Athens.

SudDeutsche ZeitungSchäuble “stunned” by Varoufakis.
Greece’s Finance minister speaks of debt relief again and rushes Germany’s majority parties (CDU-CSU). Nevertheless, the ruling coalition will approve the aid.

Italy
La RepublicaTug of war within the Democrat Party; Bersani affirms to Renzi: “I am not an extra”.
Tensions continue to flare between the party’s minority, led by Pier-Luigi Bersani, and the PM. According to the rebels, the Jobs Act does not comply with the Constitution.

Il Sole 24 Hora Race for treasury bonds, the spread collapses. The Italian treasury sold 10-year BTP bonds at a record low rate of 1.36%. The spread over the 10-year German bund collapsed to 106.

Poland
GazetaSpecial services investigate into conspiracy.
The Ministry of Interior formed a secret group to find out if former heads of ABW, SKW, BOR and the incumbent head of CBA secret services were involved in the tapping scandal. Minister of Interior Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz suspected them of conspiracy.

Spain
El PaisThe meeting between Jose Luis Zapatero and Raul Castro triggers a crisis with the government. Foreign Affairs Ministry labels the former PM’s visit to Cuba an “incredible disloyalty”.

ExpansionIberdrola enters the “top 10” of European electricity companies. The company bought UIL Holdings for €2.64 billion and launched its American branch at Wall Street

UK
The TinesIsis butcher had been MI5 terror suspect for six years.
‘Jihadi John’ is computer science graduate from west London. Security services made repeated attempts to recruit killer.

The GuardianIsis murderer is Londoner on MI5’s radar since 2009.
Man behind gruesome video deaths revealed.
Former student was detained by security services. ©europeanunion2015

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