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The paper clip

04.02.2013 / 10:54 CET
A round-up of the international press on Monday, 4 February.

Switzerland's Neue Zürcher Zeitung explores the party-financing scandal that has engulfed Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his People's Party. El País has many articles on the scandal. La Vanguardia writes that the scandal is reducing his room for manoeuvre on the European stage.


Handelsblatt reports on continuing negotiations on a bail-out for Cyprus. The newspaper says that Germany's Socialist opposition will approve the financial aid only if certain conditions are met. At the very least, the paper reports, the SPD will want an assessment of whether Cypriot banks are systemically important to the rest of the eurozone.

Greece's development minister, Costis Hatzidakis, will today meet the head of the EU task force for Greece, Horst Reichenbach, to discuss Greece's use of EU structural funds and the pace of reforms in Greece, Kathimerini writes. Kathimerini also reports that the troika of international creditors is insisting that Greek workers who should not receive automatic wage increases based on the number of years they have served. The government is also about to examine the minimum wage.

Spiegel Online has an interview with Peer Steinbrück, the man who will compete against Angela Merkel in autumn's election for chancellor. According to Steinbrück Merkel has been “dishonest” about the amount Germany has had to pay to solve the Greek crisis. He says that the current chancellor needs to explain Germany's “joint liability” which could “have financial consequences for the taxpayer”.

The EU is “mortally threatened”, Austria's Die Presse reports the European Parliament's president, Martin Schulz, as saying. Schulz was referring particularly to the possibility of the UK leaving the EU.

Enda Kenny, Ireland's prime minister, will today visit Brussels for talks on the EU's long-term budget, the Irish Times writes.

Slovenia's Delo considers the dispute between Slovenia and Croatia, and the possibility of international arbitration. Slovenia has threatened to block Croatia's accession to the EU on 1 July.

The renationalisation of banking means that the monetary union is as unsustainable today as it was in July last year, writes a commentator in the Financial Times.

The election campaign of Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is the subject of a report in Hungary's Népszabadság. The election dominates the news in Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica.


France's Le Monde looks at the “waltz of nominations” in the centre-right UMP intended to maintain a balance within the party until a re-run of the leadership contest between Jean-François Copé and François Fillon.

The Czech daily Lidové noviny reports from the Estonian capital Tallinn, the first city in Europe to offer public transport for free.

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