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20/03 – Today’s headlines from across the EU


BBC Europe – Orly airport attack: Drugs and alcohol found in gunman’s blood. Blood tests have revealed that a gunman who attacked soldiers at Orly airport in Paris on Saturday had consumed drugs and alcohol. Ziyed Ben Belgacem, 39, was killed after he put a gun to a soldier’s head saying he wanted to “die for Allah”.


UK seeks German defence pact to bolster post-Brexit solidarity

Ms May aims for goodwill from EU states. Berlin anxious to prove military responsibilities.


Bumpy start slows Trump

Controversies and legislative infighting have impeded the president’s agenda.


Door-busting raids’ heavy toll

SWAT teams storm homes in US on search warrants and leave a gruesome trail.


Le Monde 

Presidential election: candidates faced with rejection of globalisation

On 20 March, Fillon, Hamon, Le Pen, Macron and Mélenchon will confront each other for three hours on TF1. This debate is likely to be decisive.

Les Echos

Free trade: a historical “no” from the US

At the G20, Washington refused to sign a pledge against protectionism. An icy meeting between Donald Trump and Angela Merkel at the White House.


Frankfurter Allgemeine

Schulz: This is the start of the Chancellor’s conquest

He is elected SPD chairman with one hundred percent. Gabriel: Cheerful transition.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung

100 percent for Martin Schulz

The new head of the SPD is entering the election campaign with the best result in post-war history. At the congress, the chancellor candidate calls for major federal investment in education.


La Repubblica 

The SPD chooses Schulz, “I will beat Merkel”

The SPD has officially chosen the former head of the European Parliament as its candidate.

Il Sole 24 Ore 

Waiting for the beginning of the lowering of the retirement age

Crucial week for new retirement rules.


Gazeta Wyborcza 

All media in Kaczyński’s hands

Law and Justice wants to re-Polonise media in Poland seeing it as a prerequisite to winning the next elections. For many years politicians of the right-wing and the ruling Law and Justice have had a serious problem with the fact that large media concerns seated in Germany (like Axel Springer, Neue Passauer or Baue) publish so many press titles in Poland.


El Pais

Puigdemont and Junqueras propose that the Government follows the Scottish path

In an article in El País, the two leaders of the Catalonian region ask la Moncloa to negotiate “an agreed referendum”.


ACS, OHL and FCC are the leaders in the Spanish public works sector

Contracts with the Spanish government account for €1.3 billion.



The Times 

May will tell bosses to give workers more rights

Crackdown on exploitation of self-employed.

The Guardian

Trump attacked by former UK envoy over wiretapping claims

President accused of “peddling falsehoods” and endangering US-UK relations.


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