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14/03 – Today’s headlines from across the EU


FT EuropeGermany’s right set for big gains as Merkel suffers refugee fallout. AfD on course to beat regional poll forecast. Voter turnout far higher than usual.

WSJECar bomb kills 27 in Ankara. Blast is the latest in a string of attacks that have left nearly 200 dead in Turkey.

INYTISIS system of rape relies on birth control. Militants are imposing modern methods to sustain medieval code.

BBC Europe – Turkey strikes against Kurdish rebel PKK. Turkey has begun security operations against Kurdish rebels in the country’s south-east and in Iraq. The moves come as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed a crackdown on terror after Sunday’s attack in Ankara that killed at least 36 people.A suspected bomber, who also died in the blast, was a female member of the PKK, sources said.


Le MondePaedophilia: the Church in France under investigation. The diocese in Lyon has been shaken for several months by a child abuse scandal involving a priest.

Les EchosLabour Law: Hollande’s last chance. The Head of State is about to make some concessions in order to have his last major reform adopted by 2017. SMEs fear that the few measures targeting them will disappear.


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)Green strongest party for the first time in a regional election. Kretschmann wins. Dreyer beats Klöckner. AfD with double digits in all three regions. High turnout.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SZ)Kretschmann wins and the AfD celebrates. The right-wing populists achieve double-digit results in the regional parliamentary elections. Greens in Baden-Württemberg celebrate a historic election victory and SPD is ahead in Rhineland-Palatinate.


La RepubblicaMerkel punished in elections: fear of migrants makes the right skyrocket. Germany: 15% for the populists in three Landers. Local governments resisting, CDU and SPD collapsing.

Il Sole 24 OreTax authorities: record increases for taxes on savings. In ten years, taxes on interest and capital gain have increased by 20%.


Gazeta WyborczaCutting of trees in Białowieża Forest suspended for now. Two demonstrations were organised on Sunday in Białowieża town – by the opponents and followers of the tree removal project in the Białowieża Forest. The Environment Minister Jan Szyszko argues that felling some trees is necessary.


El PaísThe PSOE hopes that divisions among Podemos will lead to the party’s abstention. Sánchez thinks Iglesias will not take part in new elections since it means breaking with his allies.


The TimesMerkel left wounded as Germans turn right. The German chancellor was given a bloody nose by voters who flocked to a new anti-immigration party in a backlash against her generous refugee policy.

The GuardianTrump: don’t blame me for the violence. Donald Trump has refused to take responsibility for an unprecedented weekend of violence and chaos on his campaign trail.



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