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11/10 – Today’s headlines from across the EU


BBC EuropeCatalonia: Spain takes step towards direct rule. Spain’s prime minister has put Catalonia on notice that it could impose direct rule on the region. Mariano Rajoy said he had asked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to confirm whether or not he has declared independence. The move is a first step towards activating Article 155 to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy.


Le Figaro

Catalonia: independence will have to wait…

Under pressure, Carles Puigdemont promised independence on Tuesday but immediately suspended its application. His call for “dialogue” is likely to be answered by firmness from Madrid.


Frankfurter Allgemeine

In Frankfurt Macron advocates for a Europe of visions

Praise for Merkel’s defence policy. French President opens the book fair.


Corriere Della Sera

“Independence, but let us negotiate”

Catalonia declares secession, then suspends it. Madrid: unacceptable.


La Vanguardia

Puigdemont suspends independence after announcing it

Catalan president seeks to buy “a few week” of time with dialogue offer as CUP pushes JxSí MPs into signing off on a text by which the Catalan republic “is established.”


Le Soir

Barcelona reaches out to Madrid

Carles Puidgemont expressed the right to be a country but a declaration of independence is not for today.


Cuprus Mail

‘We are helping Russian probe’

Justice Minister Nicolaou denies investigation into Magnitsky linked dealings blocked.


Kristeligt Dagblad

The Danish Institute for Human Rights rubber-stamps ban on burqas

A ban on masking, including burqas and niqabs, is not a violation of human rights, as it may be of crucial importance to social cohesion according to an expert. This is good news for the Liberal Party, whereas the Danish Social-Liberal Party remains resistant towards a ban.



IMF lowers the bar for the Greek economy

The Fund downgrades its forecasts for GDP growth in 2017 to 1.8% from 2.2%.


Diario de Noticas

Brussels wants more teachers to be linked to the success of pupils

European Commission left a warning in the post troika report: with hiring increasing steadily since 2015, results have to improve. Fenprof reacts: teachers are not enough.



Came out, but did not withdraw

On Tuesday thousands of journalists gathered in Barcelona, but the chief European sensation did not take place. The government of Catalonia declared the readiness to become an independent republic, but the formal separation from Spain was immediately suspended in order to be able to start a dialogue with Madrid, mediated by the EU. Speaking in the regional parliament, Chairman of the Catalonian government Carles Puigdemont announced it. From his lengthy speech it was still unclear what future is in store for Barcelona.


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