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20/01 – Today’s headlines from across the EU


FT EuropeBrussels rule change shifts refugee burden to the north. Win for Italy and frontier countries. UK faces prospect of taking more.

WSJERising debt poses threat. China, other emerging nations grapple with slowing down and ballooning payments.

INYTGrand plan put at risk as industry sags across China. Slowdown complicates long-term economic shift to service and technology.

BBC Europe – Swedish activist Peter Dahlin ‘confesses’ on China TV. A detained Swedish rights activist has appeared on Chinese state television apparently confessing to breaking the law through his group’s activities. Peter Dahlin has been held since early January amid a crackdown on human rights lawyers and activists. State media said his organisation had received foreign funding to “instigate confrontations” and gather information to produce “distorted” reports.


Le Monde – Life expectancy dropped in 2015. Life expectancy of both men and women dropped for the first time since 1969, says the Insee.

Les EchosGrowth: what the IMF fears for 2016. The IMF cuts global growth forecast for 2016 and 2017. Emerging countries appear to be more vulnerable.


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) New turmoil in the federal government and the CDU/CSU parties. Dobrindt criticises Merkel’s refugee policy. Seehofer: We want a solution.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SZ)A troubled CSU awaits Merkel. “We will not shut up:” Horst Seehofer intensifies criticism of the refugee policy as the CSU greets the Chancellor in Wildbad Kreuth. Seehofer faints during his speech.


La RepubblicaEPP: “Renzi is putting the EU at risk,” banks under pressure. The dispute between Renzi and the European Commission isn’t over. It is now the turn of Manfred Weber, from the European’s People’s Party, to accuse Renzi of “putting Europe’s international credibility at risk.”

Il Sole 24 OreDeteriorating credits coverage: Italy higher than the European average. The Italian banks’ coverage ratio (46%) is higher than the one of other European banks (44.8%).


Gazeta WyborczaEU does not trust Szydło. Prime Minister Szydło attempted to charm MEPs with her calm voice and readiness for a dialogue. Nevertheless, she did not withdraw from PiS’ position by an inch. “Constitutional Court in Poland is doing well”, PM Szydło asserted in Strasbourg.


El PaísPodemos and the PSOE overcome obstacles and reach a deal. The agreement overcomes differences to form groups in the Parliament.

Expansión Vinci, with Abengoa in sight. Europe’s biggest building company wants to acquire the “crown jewel” of the Spanish group.


The TimesApartheid on streets of Britain. A secret apartheid policy brands hundreds of asylum seekers in England’s poorest town by housing them in properties with red front doors, it can be revealed.

The GuardianThousands of GPs “plan to quit.” The NHS has the most stressed GPs by western standards, new research by the world’s most influential health think-tank reveals.



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