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16/12 – Today’s headlines from across the EU


FT EuropeCoalition warned that jihadis can bankroll war machine for years. Documents and interviews reveal complexity of militant economy.

WSJEFed to mark the end of an era. Long run of zero rates helped cut joblessness and boost US growth, but weak spots linger.

INYTAn EU proposal. Migrants waiting for food in Athens on Tuesday. The European Union wants more control at high-pressure entry points in places like Greece.

BBC Europe – EU will not raise social media age limit to 16. The European Union’s member states will set their own age limits for social media use after they failed to agree on a uniform policy. There had been a proposal to ban Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other services from processing personal data belonging to under-16s unless their parents had given consent.


Baltic Times – Russian naval ship tried to halt NordBalt power cable between Lithuania and Sweden. Lithuania’s Energy Minister, Rokas Masiulis, says that Russia repeatedly tried to hinder the laying of the NordBalt undersea power cable between Lithuania and Sweden. “We managed to overcome certain hostile actions by Russia,” Masiulis told LRT television. “I can say today that a Russian naval ship hindered construction as many as four times.


Le MondeHollande changes nothing in spite of the regional elections shock. The Republic and action, the fight against terrorism and unemployment: the cocktail defended by Manuel Valls to counter the FN’s success.

Les EchoesGrowth: the American optimism.
Fed to raise rates for the first time in almost ten years. A sign of confidence in the strength of the world’s largest economy.


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)Several governments oppose the EU’s border protection plans. Criticism of interference in sovereignty rights. The European Commission wants to strengthen Frontex.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SZ)New suspected fraud by VW. The European Anti-Corruption Authority examines whether Volkswagen used billion in loans which should have served the development of environmentally friendly engines for other purposes.


Irish Examiner – Border and coast guard agency mooted by EU Commission. The plans come more than 10 years after the first attempt to create an agency to protect the EU’s borders that was abandoned after objections from countries including Ireland and Britain. Now, after more than 1m migrants have made their way into the EU, the ambitious plan is being relaunched.


La RepubblicaIraq: 450 Italians to defend the Mosul dam. Saudi Arabia launches an anti-ISIS Islamic coalition. Matteo Renzi has announced he launched a mission with the US to protect the Mosul dam, disputed with the Islamic State.

Il Sole 24 OreEuropean stock markets rally while waiting for FED rate news. All eyes are on Janet Yellen, President of the FED, who at 20h00 (GMT) should announce the raising of the rates. An increase of 0.25% would be the first increase since June 2006. All stock markets celebrated good results in anticipation.


Times of Malta – leaders of Libya’s rival parliaments rejected a UN-brokered deal yesterday but offered hope that they could agree on a unity government


Gazette WyborczaAnnouncing the Court’s death: PiS party deprives the Constitutional Court of independence and limits its ability to judge cases. This annuls the most important guarantee of the judges’ independence


El PaisRajoy challenges Ciudadanos to manage a whole term. “A minority government would have trouble granting confidence and stability before international market,” the President stated.

ExpansionEmergency credit to support Abengoa. The bank is ready to offer €100 million for the group to continue until the end of the year.


The TimesEU army to protect borders. Thousands of paramilitary guards planned as migrant crisis overshadows Cameron.

The GuardianPrince Charles, given all secret cabinet papers. Whitehall manual reveals custom of passing private files to heir of throne



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