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12/08 – Today’s headlines from across the EU


Financial Times Europe – Brussels investigation threatens $130 billion US chemicals mega-merger. Dow-DuPont tie-up probed over farm supplies. Inquiry casts doubts on series of big deals.

Wall Street Journal Europe –  Moscow and Kiev raise tensions. Ukraine’s president put his country’s forces on combat alert as Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed stepped-up security measures in the annexed territory of Crimea, escalating a crisis around the Black Sea peninsula.


Le Monde – Sarkozy revives the debate on birthright citizenship. Nicolas Sarkozy suggests rethinking the principle of birthright citizenship: “I want to maintain it, but not automatically,” he told French magazine “Valeurs actuelles.”

Les Echos –  Real estate: the financial manna of renegotiated loans. Renegotiations represent more than 38% of new mortgage loans. BNP Paribas chief warns of risks taken by some bankers.


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung –  More police officers for the fight against terrorism and no change regarding dual-citizenship. De Maizière presents his safety package. “Consensus within reach in coalition.

Süddeutsche Zeitung De Maizière wants faster deportations. The Interior Ministry is planning a tougher immigration law: whoever endangers public security or gives false information will be quickly deported. He rejects a burqa ban.


La Repubblica –   The wars of Aleppo and Sirte. The Syrian city, where Bashar Al Assad appears to be using chemical weapons, is under siege. Sirte is freed from Islamic State.

Il Sole 24 Ore –  Wall Street pushes back stock markets, Milan back up. European stock exchanges continued to grow to cancel post-Brexit results, aided by Wall Street’s positive results and the price of oil, back up at $43.


Gazeta Wyborcza –  Demoted for helping to release an officer in Belarus. Piotr Bączek, head of the Intelligence Service, demoted major Magdalena E. for her participation in releasing Polish captain kept in a Belarus prison.


El Pais – The pact between the PP and Ciudadanos could change the tax system. Rivera’s party wants to reform corporate tax and reduce VAT on cultural products.


The Times –  NHS crisis deepens as bed blocking costs £6bn. Delays push hospitals to “breaking point.”

The Guardian –   Smith and Corbyn clash as battle for Labour leadership intensifies. The challenger launched a series of scathing attacks on Jeremy Corbyn at a hard-fought public hustings in Gateshead last night.


International New York Times (UK Edition) –  Behind Olympic facade, bullets fly in Rio. Police raids and turf wars still plague the sprawling favelas just across the town.



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