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23/05 – Today’s headlines from across the EU



FT Europe

Prospect of rate rise grows as US moves closer to passing Fed tests. FOMC member says conditions nearly met. Outlook accords with FT economists’ survey. 



Investors head to EU exit. Cash flows out as political discord, economy and negative rates raise concerns.


Fertile new ground for ISIS. Under American watch, Saudi aid is transforming a tolerant Kosovo society. 

BBC Europe 

 Postal votes to decide Austrian election. Postal ballots will decide Austria’s presidential election after polling station results from Sunday’s vote gave the far-right candidate a slender lead. Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party was slightly ahead of his rival, Alexander Van der Bellen, the interior ministry said on Sunday. If elected, Mr Hofer would be the first far-right head of state in the EU.


Le Monde

Austria: an election against European elites. Austrians will elect their new President on Sunday 22 May. The far-right candidate is the favorite against the Green candidate.


Les Echos 

2017 budget: Hollande makes promises, Valls tightens the policies. Ministers will have to decrease their workforce by 2% and stabilize their total payroll. Despite new expenses, the Prime Minister’s objective remains a deficit of 2.7% of the GDP.




Frankfurter Allgemeine

Seehofer widely criticises Merkel’s Turkey policy. “We shall not expose ourselves to blackmail.” Chancellor defends refugee agreements.


Suedeutsche Zeitung

Seehofer and Merkel argue about Strauss. The rule set up by the former CSU chief is: there can be no democratically legitimised party. Party leaders now divided on whether this is still valid with AfD.




La Repubblica

Boschi: “Real partisans will vote yes.” Bersani angry, internal turmoil in the PD. Controversy over the referendum, Boschi announces she will resign if the no vote wins.


Il Sole 24 Ore 

Bonus and fiscal discounts, reform package still being considered. In five years, 88 interventions trough new measures, prolongations or modifications.




Gazeta Wyborcza

Tortures are not enough. Being imprisoned and tortured in the East of Ukraine does not guarantee that a person obtains the status of refugee in Poland. Over the past two and a half years, Poland granted the status only to four out of thousands of Ukrainians in despair.





El Pais

Rajoy promises Brussels more adjustments if he wins the election. In a letter to Juncker, the President states that he is “ready to adopt new measures in the second semester” in order to avoid deficit sanctions.



OHL is looking for investors for its industrial business. This is part of the company’s strategic plan within 2020.



The Times

Osborne: Brexit vote will trigger recession. Britain would enter a year-long recession if the country voted to leave the European Union, George Osborne will say today.


The Guardian

Snowden: whistleblowers deserve better protection. New evidence explains why NSA secrets were leaked to media.


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