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12/09 – Today’s headlines from across the EU

Financial Times Europe – Warning to Syrian rebels amid rare show of US-Russian unity. Ceasefire due to begin tonight. Opposition told to stop fighting. Aid set for Aleppo.

Wall Street Journal Europe – How Isis eludes detection. Encrypted chat apps, face-to-face meetings, written notes and misdirection leave few electronic clues.

International New-York Times Syria conflict deepening despite peace efforts. 5-year old war continues to surprise, as sides find brutal ways to gain edge.

Le Monde –  Fragile ceasefire promise in Syria. After hours of negotiations in Geneva during the night of 9 and 10 September and several meetings since mid-July, the US State Secretary, John Kerry, and his Russian counterpart, Sergueï Lavrov, reached a ceasefire agreement in Syria.

Les Echos – Local Taxes 2016: winners and losers. The winners of the increases and decreases in the forty largest French cities. Limited ups in average but still above inflation.


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung – Coalition willing to find agreement on inheritance tax and revenue sharing. Refugee policy not an issue at top-level talks. CDU/CSU divided over refugee cap.

Süddeutsche Zeitung – Coalition wants to pull together. Party leaders Merkel, Gabriel and Seehofer agreed to bring previously blocked projects on the way in the autumn. At their meeting in the Chancellery the three will not speak about refugee policy.


La Repubblica – Renzi: “Proposition on Italicum”, but the law risks the constitutional court. Matteo Renzi has confirmed he is willing to discuss modifications to electoral laws.

Il Sole 24 Ore – Ministry of Economy and Finance: tax evasion is over. Padoan: no demand for flexibility from Italy for 2017.


Gazeta Wyborcza – Against Polish Germans. Supported by Law and Justice, the Opole Town Hall decided to enlarge the town by adding to it the communes inhabited by German minority. Berlin joins the dispute as it wants to find out if the authorities genuinely catered for the Opole town’s development or just wanted to limit the rights of German minorities in the Opole Province.


El Pais – Secessionists speed up their plan during a less crowded Diada Day. This month, Puigdemont will propose the government a referendum for Catalonia after a large manifestation – but still smaller than last year.

Expansion – Repsol and Caixa offer three members of Gas Natural’s Board of Directors to GIP. They will cut their weight in the gas company’s Board in favour of the funds, which finalises the acquisition of a 20% stake.

The Times –  Crackdown on white-collar crime. Employers face prosecution for failing to prevent corruption and fraud.

The Guardian –  Minister seeks inquiry into couriers’ pay. HMRC asked to consider claims that Hermes pays below legal minimum.



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