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13/05 – Today’s headlines from across the EU


FT – Germany lands early blow against Britain’s hopes for EU treaty change. Partners will not be rushed, warns Schäuble. Osborne criticised over Eurozone crisis.

WSJE – Greece makes IMF loan repayment. Greece drew on its holdings of an International Monetary Fund reserve currency to make a loan repayment of around EUR 750 million (USD 837 million) to the IMF, an unusual move that buys the country a few more weeks to reach a deal with creditors on fresh financing.

INYT – U’s future hinges on Britain’s next act. After convincing victory, Cameron considers moving up referendum.


Le Monde – Najat Vallaud-Belkacem at the heart of a new school war. The reform project for the university and school programmes initiated by education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem has sparked a heated political battle.

Les Echos – The surprising acceleration of the French economic growth.GDP rises 0.6% in the first quarter. Brussels adopts a more conciliatory tone towards Paris. ECB policy making financial markets nervous.


Frankfurter Allgemeine – NSA Committee minutes made public. According to Wikileaks it is the only way to achieve justice.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung – Verdi says Post intimidates strikers. According to German union documents, Deutsche Post threatens employees with job losses anddraws too much from their wages. SPD leader Gabriel admonished the group’s top management.


La Repubblica – Renzi: “Enough with the masochist left.” School reform splits government and unions. Professors say text proposal insubstantial,unions threaten to go on strike.

Il Sole 24 Ore – Pensions: a EUR 3 to 3.5 billion repayment plan. Following the decision of the Constitutional Court to invalidate the pension reform last week, a new repayment plan should be implemented next Tuesday for at least EUR 3 to EUR 3.5 billion


Gazeta –  Revenge from beyond the grave. War in Ukraine cost Russia $57 billion and hundreds of soldiers killed. President Putin profits from this situation as the conflict has made him even more popular in the country, concludes a 64-page report prepared by Boris Nemtsov before he was assassinated.


El Pais – Ciudadanos calls for primary elections in the PP to accept electoral pacts. Party to only allow nomination of candidates who will meet its conditions.

Expansion – Sabadell creates HIP to manage its hostels. The new company will manage EUR 1 billion assets within 3 years.


The Times – May get tough over fate of Med migrants. Home secretary rejects Brussels plan for refugees.

The Guardian – Revealed: secret war crimes dossier against Syrian leader.Exclusive: investigators say smuggled regime papers enough to indict Assad and 24 senior officials.



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