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14/04 – Today’s headlines from across the EU



FT Europe

Banks face harsh sanctions as Fed rejects wind-up provisions. Five big names told to fix “living wills.” Bid to end “too big to fail” on hold until October.



Extremists name attackers. Islamic State claim suicide-bomb brothers arranged terror strikes, puts out a hit list.



Latvia’s push to ban face veil reflects wider fears. Clash of cultures arises as East Europeans react to migrants and Muslims.

 BBC Europe

 Russian denies breaking rules over low pass of US destroyer.   Russia says it observed all required safety measures when its aircraft flew close to a US warship in international waters of the Baltic Sea on Monday. According to Russia’s defence ministry, the Su-24 fighter jets “turned away in observance of all safety measures” after observing the USS Donald Cook. The ship was sailing close to a Russian navy base, the ministry said.



Le Monde

The French government renounces target to reduce nuclear share in energy production. The 2015 energy transition law was supposed to implement Hollande’s pledge to reduce nuclear share in electricity production to 50%.


Les Echos

Oil: Riyadh and Moscow deal leads to global surge. Brent crude oil price climbed to $45; Europe’s main stock markets rose. An oil output freeze scheduled to be discussed on Sunday in Doha.




Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

MEPs criticise Erdoğan’s crackdown on satirist. Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker defend in Strasbourg the refugee agreement with Turkey.


Sueddeutsche Zeitung 

Raid at law firm targeted by Panama Papers. Nine days after the revelations, special forces search through offices of Mossack Fonseca. Greens have “substantial doubts” on the 10-point plan of the Federal Finance minister.




La Repubblica

Employment: part-time jobs created for 400,000 Italians. Already put forward in the Stability Law, “subsidized part time” contracts will benefit 400,000 people, less than three years from retirement.


Il Sole 24 Ore

Stock exchanges: trust on banks. Milan rises by +4.1%; rate of 3-year treasury bonds turns positive.




Gazeta Wyborcza

Good change with yellow card. The European Parliament’s resolution warns that factual paralysis of the Constitutional Tribunal is a threat to democracy, human rights and the rule of law. MEPs call upon Prime Minister Beata Szydło to abide by the Venice Commission’s recommendations.





El Pais

The PP’s corruption spread to Granada. Mayor arrested in real estate corruption probe.



Unconditional imprisonment for Conde. He integrates the prison of Soto del Real with his lawyer.




The Times 

Voters turn away from EU as trust in Cameron slides. Public trust in David Cameron over Europe has slumped as a new poll for The Times shows the referendum on a knife edge.


The Guardian

Benefit fraud or tax evasion: row over the Tories’ targets. David Cameron was confronted in the Commons with figures showing that thousands more government inspectors are employed to tackle benefits fraud than to deal with tax evasion by the wealthiest residents.


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