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16/06 – Today’s headlines from across the EU


FTTsipras vows to resist « pillaging » of Greece in blow to deal prospects. Creditors must propose new plan, Athens says. Talks’ collapse sends shares down 5%.

WSJEMerkel tested as Greek crisis comes to head. Greece’s Prime Minister digs in his heels.

INYTBlocked. About 200 migrants have been sleeping along the shore near a border crossing in Ventimiglia, Italy, after having been turned away by France. Some EU members have resisted call by Brussels to establish quotas for accepting migrants, an issue that is again up for discussion on Tuesday at a meeting in Luxembourg.


Baltic TimesRussia threatens “adequate response” to deployment of U.S. heavy weaponry in Baltic States. Russia has threatened to provide an “adequate response”, should the United States increase its military presence in Eastern Europe and the Baltic States, after the Polish and Lithuanian governments confirmed they are in discussions with Washington about storing heavy U.S. weaponry.


Le MondeThe new battle of the labour code. “Le Monde” publishes the “Declaration of labour rights,” compiled by former Minister Robert Badinter and Labour Rights professor Antoine Lyon-Caen.

Les EchosAir France is at war against its pilots’ privileges. The airline takes its pilots to court. It denounces a failure to comply with their obligations.


Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ)Athens expects eurozone members to give in. While negotiations are in a dead end and the fear of a Grexit is growing, Athens expects eurozone countries to give in on their position.

Sueddeutsche ZeitungEmergency plan for Greece at a standstill. While eurozone Finance Ministers failed to reach an agreement with Athens, State and government leaders will meet this week. The Greeks are threatened by payment restrictions.


La RepubblicaEven Sicily punishes the Democratic Party and Grillo wins the second ballots in 5 places out of 5. Gela and Augusta cities have fallen into the hands of Beppe Grillo’s party, the 5SM and Enna voted for the center-right. Everywhere it has been in run-offs, the 5SM has won.

Il Sole 24 OreGrexit disturbs the markets. Spread between Bund and Italian treasury bond increases. According to ECB President Mario Draghi, with the exit of Greece from the eurozone, we will enter uncharted territory.


Dutch – Wilders creates his seven ‘party’ European alliance after all. Two non-aligned parties in the European parliament have reportedly joined up with Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam PVV and France’s Front National to form an official parliamentary grouping. Both Wilders and Front National leader Marine Le Pen on Monday evening used Twitter to call a press conference in Brussels on Tuesday to announce the formation of the alliance – the Europe of Nations and Freedoms.


GazetaThe government’s new faces. My priority is winning back trust, said Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz on announcing candidates for new ministers in her government. Among the candidates are renowned cardiosurgeon Prof. Marian Zembala and Olympic Champion Adam Korol.


El Pais – The changes made by Rajoy remove power from Cospedal and Santamaria. The President has finalised the new PP and government composition. He will inform the King tomorrow.

ExpansionHotel companies’ business is taking off thanks to tourism. Foreign tourists boost Barceló, RIU, Meliá and Iberostar’s sales.


The TimesGreece in state of emergency. Markets shudder ahead of crunch euro talks.

The GuardianMorning-after pill can be sold to under-16s. Fears that high cost and pharmacists’ questions will not help girls in crisis.


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