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18/02 – Today’s headlines from across the EU

EUROPEAN HEADLINES

FT Europe – Cameron ‘in good place’ for Brussels deal. UK diplomatic marathon helps PM look beyond settlement.

WSJEEU Diplomats Warn of Disagreements on U.K. Demands Ahead of Summit. Prime Minister David Cameron’s three-year campaign to reset his country’s relationship with the European Union comes to a head on Thursday when the bloc’s leaders gather for a summit in Brussels to craft a final deal.

INYT – Infighting Dilutes Push in Britain to Leave E.U. The eurosceptics are plagued by internal disputes, underscored by the presence of the Conservative prime minister, David Cameron, in Brussels this week trying to complete a deal on restrictions on welfare payments to migrants from other European Union nations and other sovereignty issues.

BBC Europe – Juncker ‘confident’ of UK summit deal. Jean-Claude Juncker has said he is “quite confident” European leaders can reach a deal with Britain over its future membership of the EU.
The European Commission President was speaking as David Cameron left Downing Street to head to a two day summit in Brussels.

FRANCE

Le Monde – Patrons , artists, doctors : portrait of tax fraudsters. After five years of investigation , dozens of hearings and more than 4000 individual tax records scrutinized , the data collected during the UBS survey can reveal the many faces of tax fraudsters.

Les EchosOECD rings the alarm bell. Global growth will remain stable compared with 2015,. Apart from India and China, all  growth outlook lowered.

ITALY

La RepubblicaEuropean Stock exchanges: Oil prices surge. Iran provides support to the agreement between Russia and Saudi Arabia to freeze the production of crude oil at current levels . Investors still have their doubts.

Il Sole 24 Ore – Great Leaders Are Needed for Important Decisions. Today there will be an important EU Summit. It has only two items on the agenda: to approve or not approve the Tusk Package—which concerns the negotiations between the UK and the rest as well as the migration crisis.

POLAND

Gazeta Wyborcza – How many want the UK to stay? What can the EU do? On Thursday EU summit , which is to stop Brexit.

SPAIN

El Pais – Don’t stand in way of Socialist deal, ex-PM tells Mariano Rajoy. “New elections will lead to the same situation,” says statesman Felipe González

UK

The TimesSupreme Court hands hope to murderers. Hundreds of people convicted of murder may seek to have their sentences quashed after a landmark ruling that the courts have been wrongly applying the law for more than 30 years.

The GuardianMurder law wrongly interpreted for 30 years. A large number of convicted murderers could appeal to have their convictions overturned after the UK’s highest court ruled that the law on “joint enterprise” had been wrongly interpreted for 30 years. The UK’s highest court said that a key test imposed by judges in assessing guilt in joint enterprise cases – where the accused acts in conjunction with the killer but does not strike the blow that causes death – had been incorrectly applied.

 

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