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15/02 – Today’s headlines from across the EU


BBC EuropeGeorgian Orthodox Church caught in ‘poisoning plot’. Georgian police have arrested a priest suspected of plotting to poison a top figure in the Georgian Orthodox Church.  Prosecutors said cyanide was found in Fr Giorgi Mamaladze’s luggage when he was detained at Tblisi airport on Friday, before he could fly to Germany.  The head of the Georgian Church, Patriarch Ilia II, is being treated in hospital in Germany. Ilia might have been the target, but that is not clear.


Toshiba scales back nuclear push and eyes sale of chip unit.

$6.3bn writedown in US spurs action. Chairman resigns as shares lose 8%.


Trump targets NATO over defense spending.

Germany, long criticized by U.S. as a reluctant warrior, starts to ramp up.


Mother’s loss: 3 sons dead in a day.

After 15 years of war, the Afghan battlefield claims more lives than ever.


Le Monde 

Hamon – Mélenchon: the battle for the leadership of the Left.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon considers that the terms of an agreement with Benoît Hamon are not fulfilled, given the discrepancies between their projects.

Les Echos

PSA sets its eyes on Opel.

French manufacturer in advanced negotiations to buy General Motors’ European division. This deal would make Peugeot-Citroën regain the number two spot in Europe.


Frankfurter Allgemeine 

Outrage over plan for sale of Opel to Peugeot.

Critics from Minister of Economic Affairs Zypries. Bouffier: We want a strong Opel plant.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung

Peugeot wants to buy Opel.

Both car manufacturers have been in crisis for years, both of them are building similar models. A merger could result in the loss of thousands of jobs in Germany.


La Repubblica 

Partito Democratico, a split looks increasingly probable.

Despite attempts by Pier Luigi Bersani to mediate, the scission of the PD seems increasingly likely.

Il Sole 24 Ore

GDP finishes 2016 at +0.9%.

This is the biggest increase in GDP since 2010.


Gazeta Wyborcza 

How to accelerate cancer treatment.

The oncology package was to ensure quicker cancer treatment to patients with the preliminarily diagnosed disease. For a year, however, the number of so-called green cards, an element of the package, decreased by 40,000 and most patients are given the cards only when the early diagnosis is confirmed.


El Pais

Congress to investigate the Bankia case and the banking crisis.

The plenary session will vote, on 22 February, on the creation of a committee which will count on the support of the opposition parties.


PSA makes a move on Opel.

The group would be the second car manufacturer in Europe and the first in Spain.


The Times 

Tax cut for Amazon as high street shops suffer.

Business rates favour web giants, warn retailers.

The Guardian

New questions for Nuttall on Hillsborough.

Ukip leader admits he did not lose “close personal friends” in disaster.




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