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15/01 – Today’s headlines from across the EU


FT Europe Renault raids trigger fears emissions crisis is spreading. Shares in Europe’s carmakers fall. Investigators find no defeat devices

WSJETerrorists strike in Jakarta. Islamic State affiliate claims attacks in Indonesia that leave two civilians and five assailants dead.

INYT Syrian town, under siege, fights hunger and isolation. Cut off since the summer by pro-Assad fighters, residents now scavenge

BBC Europe – Renault shares plunge on factory raids by police. Shares in French carmaker Renault plunged 20%, before recovering to close 10.3% lower, after police raids on the company’s facilities. The firm confirmed the raids took place last week and said investigators wanted to check equipment at its factories. Investors feared Renault was embroiled in cheating emissions tests, something Volkswagen admitted last year.


Le MondeWhat Trump’s lies reveal about America. More than 10,000 people attended the Republican candidate’s meeting in Pensacola, Florida, on Wednesday.

Les Echos –  Employment, deficit: the Franco-German breakup. In Paris, budget deficit reaches €70.5 billion and a new plan to address unemployment is being prepared. In Berlin, budget surplus stands at €12 billion while unemployment halved over the last ten years


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) –  Turkey retaliates after attack in Istanbul. 500 targets of the IS were attacked in Syria and Iraq, and 200 fighters killed.

Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ)German economy withstands the crises. Economy exceedingly robust despite international terrorism and the weakness in China. This is mainly due to the employment record and falling oil prices, both stimulating consumption.


La RepubblicaDemocratic Party: final clash on civil unions, polemic on Tensions are running high concerning civil unions. Catholics from the Democratic Party are rising up against stepchild adoption as a polemic engulfs

Il Sole 24 Ore Renault shares fall due to emissions probe. A few months after the Volkswagen scandal, it’s now Renault’s turn to be suspected of manipulating emissions. Shares in the French carmaker fell by 20% yesterday.


Gazeta Wyborcza –  Six-year-old children should go to school. Authorities of the biggest Polish cities and communes encourage parents to send their six-year-old children to school despite of the change of law by PiS Government. The authorities say that Polish six-year-old children are no different from their European peers and as such should be given the same chance of growth and development. Trade unions also support such stance.


El PaísSanchez believes he can still reach a deal with Podemos. The Socialists give in four seats to the pro-independent Catalans in order to form a group at Senate.

ExpansiónBlesa and Rato face jail sentences because of black cards. The anticorruption prosecutor’s office says that users knew about the inadmissibility of the black “cards.”


The TimesRussia paid out $25m in “doping cover-up.” The payment was made in 2012 following a meeting between the son of the disgraced former president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the head of the Russian athletics federation in Moscow.

The GuardianChurch avoids split over gay rights – but liberals pay price. Deal upholds marriage between “man and woman.”



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