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22/03 – Today’s headlines from across the EU


BBC Europe - Sarkozy says funding probe is ‘hell’. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy says allegations he received campaign funding from late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi are making his life “hell”. “I am accused without any physical evidence,” Mr Sarkozy told magistrates, Le Figaro newspaper reports. He has been placed under formal investigation for illicit election campaign financing in 2007, misappropriation of Libyan public funds and passive corruption.


Les Echoes

Macron reform: the deterrence strike

Officials and railway workers are called to mobilise this Thursday. A new social test for the Head of State after the one on the Labour Code.



€343 million flow abroad

EU-madness with our child benefits


La Stampa

Berlusconi to Di Maio: let’s talk

Forza Italia leader: let’s meet all together.

Democratic Party trying to find solutions: Franceschini for Chamber of Deputies.

Move following centre-right’s Summit.

Five-Star Movement: we will not vote anyone who is under investigation



Digital giants will pay

Brussels wants to tax, among others, Google and Facebook in countries where they actually operate.


El Pais

Catalan separatists face up Supreme Court to invest Turull

Roger Torrent convenes a plenary session of the Parliament today at 5 pm


De Tijd

Commissioner Moscovici about the Google tax

Internet companies barely pay any taxes. This is unacceptable.” “A 3% tax is not the end of the world?” “This is not a retaliation against the American import tax”.



EU Summit in Brussels

The Single Market, the European semester, social matters, trade and the Western Balkans will be the main topics on the agenda of the EU Summit in Brussels.



Commissioner Vestager welcomes the world’s largest agrichemical merger in the EU

With Commissioner Vestager’s approval of Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto, just four giants control the pesticide and seed markets, which pleases CEOs but is of concern to farmers, consumers and environmentalists.



Hard poker between Brussels and the IMF

Commission raises the tones with the IMF and says “no” to precautionary credit line



Luxembourg remains stubborn

Digital Economy: Brussels wants to tax Amazon & Co. more heavily.


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