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The paper clip

05.02.2013 / 10:17 CET
A round-up of the international press on Tuesday, 5 February.

Spain's El País reports that France has intensified its military campaign in the north of Mali and that some Tuarags have become allies against Islamist groups. Le Figaro looks at the support that one of the Tuarag group is giving the French and Mali's central authorities. El País also considers security in a neighbour of Mali, Niger.

Greece's government has met its fiscal targets for 2012 with a budget surplus of €435 million, writes Kathimerini.
 

Peer Steinbrück, leader of Germany's opposition Social Democrats, has threatened to oppose a eurozone bail-out for Cyprus, writes Der Spiegel.

 
Interest rates on Italian government bonds are climbing to alarming levels ahead of a general election later this month, writes La Stampa.

German cities are sounding the alarm over immigration from Bulgaria and Romania, often of marginalised families with no chance of finding jobs, writes Der Spiegel.

The Wall Street Journal reports on new laws in the UK and Germany that are supposed to reduce the danger from banks in trouble that are considered 'too big to fail'.

The British papers give extensive coverage to the case of Chris Huhne, a former national energy minister and former member of the European Parliament. Huhne is facing a prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice by dodging a speeding penalty ten years ago (when he was an MEP). Huhne yesterday said he would resign as an MP. The Guardian has more.

British MPs have questioned the number of European commissioners, and asked if small EU member states have politicians of “sufficient calibre” for such a role. The Times of Malta has a report.

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gas complained about a “lack of co-operation on the part of the European Union” in Ankara's fight against terrorism, Poland's Rzeczpospolita writes. Hungary's Népszabadság looks at Turkey's efforts to improve relations with Russia.

An Italian engineer and a Russian colleague have been freed in Syria, Italy's La Repubblica writes. The two men had been kidnapped in December.

Diário de Notícias looks at proposed reforms of the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy.

UK leaders should be wary of how they pursue a ‘mackerel war' with Iceland, the latest tussle in a long history of friction with the island, writes a commentator in the Financial Times.

Germany's Tages-spiegel argues that the future of the Serbian government may be in doubt after Prime Minister Ivica Dačić said he had had contact with the drugs mafia.

Romania will next week press other EU member states to allow Romania to join the Schengen zone, Jurnalul National writes.

Didier Reynders, Belgium's foreign minister, has reiterated Belgium's commitment to the EU, saying that his country has chosen the “+full options model, with the rights and obligations” associated.

Lidové noviny gives a person-by-person breakdown of the expenses claimed by members of the Czech parliament.

Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib, the leader of Syria's opposition, has suggested that Bashar Assad should be given a peaceful exit if he agrees to step down and let his deputy negotiate with the rebels, writes L'Orient-Le Jour from Lebanon.

Belarus has attacked the West's record on human rights, Gazeta Wyborcza writes.

Of the 240 complaints regarding possible crimes committed by Israel Defence Forces soldiers against Palestinians filed in 2012, only 78 investigations were launched and not a single indictment was served, a report by a human rights group has revealed. Ha'aretz has a report.

Estonia's Postimees looks at a European study that suggests that children's concerns about the internet are increasing.

Suddeutsche Zeitung says that the "€œEuropean Commission defends the high salaries of its officials"€. The paper has an interview with Maroš Šefčovič, the European commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration, who says that, when competing for high-level staff with the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank and leading law firms, "€œone must get the best one can"€.


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung looks at yesterdayâ€'s meeting between Angela Merkel, Germany'€™s chancellor, and Mariano Rajoy, the prime minister of Spain. Merkel called the partnership between the two leaders a "€œrelationship of trust"€ as Rajoy faced questions about corruption allegations. But the paper says that the crucial question is whether Merkel considers that the Spanish prime minister has lost authority because of the scandal.


 

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