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17/02 – Today’s headlines from the EU


BBC EuropeSpain’s Princess Cristina cleared in tax trial. Spain’s Princess Cristina, the 51-year-old sister of King Felipe and sixth in line to the throne, has been cleared in a tax fraud trial. However her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, was given a six year and three month jail term by the court in Majorca. Urdangarin was accused of using his royal connections to generate business income used for private spending.


French bond trading soars as fear of populist wave drives investors.

Transactions at eurozone-crisis levels. Market split over prospect of Le Pen poll win.


US rejects military ties to Russia.

Defense chief rejects collaboration as Trump airs frustration at news conference.


Where class division run deep.

South Africa is considering a minimum wage to soften sharp income inequality.


Le Monde

Presidential election: Marine Le Pen stronger than ever.

The latest Cevipof survey, carried out by Ipsos-Sopra Steria, shows a particularly high level of indecisiveness among voters. Ahead in the polls (26%), Marine Le Pen benefits from a remarkably loyal and determined electorate.

Les Echos

Air France’s future at the mercy of its pilots.

The launch of a low-cost airline is considered to be crucial for the group’s rebound. A project hanging on the pilots’ vote.


Frankfurter Allgemeine

Lavrov confident about future relations with America.

Meeting with American Foreign Minister in Bonn. Tillerson: respect Minsk agreements

Suedeutsche Zeitung

Merkel: I did not know anything.

In the NSA inquiring committee, the chancellor says she learned late of BND eaves-dropping practices. The intelligence agency has violated her order not to spy on allies


La Repubblica

Partito Democratico close to a split, last mediation.

Dario Franceschini is attempting to avoid a schism in the party.

Il Sole 24 Ore

Made in Italy, 2016 record year.

The annual commercial surplus reaches €51.6 billion, a 1.1% increase on the previous year.


Gazeta Wyborcza

Freezing cold in Munich.

Russia flexes muscles and the European and American politicians meet at an annual Munich Security Conference on Friday and Saturday for the first time since US President Donald Trump’s election. This time, however, concerns about the future of the West escalate as Donald Trump’s stance on NATO and getting closer to Russia is still unclear.


El Pais

In Madrid, Mas reasserts that there is an alternative to independence.

“If there is another solution, it should be presented to the government. I think there is one, but it has to be presented to the government,” he said during a meeting at the university.


Renfe to push for California’s high speed train.

With this operation, the public operator intends to resume its internationalisation plans. It is one of the biggest high-speed railway project in the world, reaching €75 billion.


The Times

Web giants profit from anti-vaccine fraud’s video.

Amazon and Apple sell Wakefield documentary.

The Guardian

Trump denies presidency in state of chaos.

US leader lashes out at media critics during extraordinary press conference.




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