The UK could win the battle for the EU budget but lose the war, writes
a commentator in the UK's Independent. We have an interesting and
strong hand of cards to play, but we need to play them thoughtfully as
well as forcefully, he argues.
The Czech prime minister, Petr Nečas, tells Mladá fronta Dnes that he
would prefer to call early elections rather than yield to party rebels
on a tax package.
Népszabadság carries a report on demonstrations in Hungary against the
government of Victor Orbán.
The head of the private office of Hungary's Prime Minister Victor
Orbán, János Lazar, has been injured in a car crash that left one
person dead. Népszabadság has a report.
Yulia Tymoshenko is Europe's Aung San Suu Kyi, writes a prominent
British lawyer in the Guardian. Ukraine's still-Stalinist judiciary
was used to destroy the former prime minister, he argues. Now the
United Nations will hear of her plight.
Slovakia's Sme considers a new corruption scandal centred on a member
of the governing Smer party.
The US presidential contest attracts much coverage. The Financial
Times writes that the US economy has not performed badly, but recovery
could have been stronger. A commentator in the UK's Times writes that
the outrageous campaigning of 1972 - most conspicuously by Richard
Nixon - set the tone for partisan politics, which now hobbles every
president. The Financial Times writes in an editorial that
Beijing-bashing by Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is a cause for
Moscow's time is running out; St Petersburg's renovation has brought
the city a renewed sense of dignity and civic pride, says a
commentator in the UK's Independent who writes: "I'll happily wager
Russians will have a new capital by mid-century." Poland's Gazeta
Wyborcza reports that the people of Grozny, the Chechen capital, are
supposedly the happiest people in Russia.
Leaders of Greece's three-party coalition have failed to agree structural reforms, including in the labour market, required for the next instalment of the country's bailout to be disbursed, writes Kathimerini.
Catherine Ashton, the EU's foreign policy chief, has called on Lebanon's anti-Syrian opposition to be patient, writes L'Orient-Le Jour. During a visit to Beirut, Ashton said the EU wanted to see a stable government and stable institutions.
The US position, meanwhile, appears to have shifted, according to the Daily Star, also published in Beirut. A State Department spokeswoman said the US supported efforts to form a government that could effectively counter the threat of instability swapping over from Syria, according to the paper.
The Guardian reports on further austerity measures that have been revealed in a 94-page draft memorandum in Greece. It contains plans for hefty job cuts, tax rises and big cuts to the public payroll, with 20,000 civil servants leaving in 2013.
A new source of anxiety over the eurozone crisis has emerged in Germany, according to the Financial Times: how certain is the Bundesbank that the gold on its balance sheet actually exists? Federal auditors have called for a physical stocktaking of the bank's gold kept in foreign vaults. Germany's gold forms part of its currency reserves.
La Tribune reports that the European Commission is encouraging member states to solve the problem of regulating online gaming and preventing match fixing.