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The paper clip

07.02.2013 / 11:59 CET
A round-up of the international press on Thursday, 7 February

Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung believes that an agreement at the EU summit on a new long-term budget is within reach. Munich's Süddeutsche Zeitung is less confident of an agreement and writes that nothing of substance has been made public from a meeting yesterday evening between Angela Merkel and François Hollande, the leaders of Germany and France. France's Le Figaro writes that France is being isolated by an Anglo-German bid to cut spending. “This is the last time we may get really big money from the EU to catch up with the West,” Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza writes. Gazeta Wyborcza also details where EU money is spent in Poland and by whom. Switzerland's Tages-Anzeiger provides an external view of the budget battle.

Spain's La Vanguardia writes France has asked the United Nations to deploy a peacekeeping force to Mali.

The UK's papers mull over a vote in favour of gay marriage. A commentator in the Daily Telegraph writes that gay marriage is an admirable cause, but if membership of the governing Conservative Party keeps falling at this rate, Britain will soon enter a new political era. A Daily Mail columnist writes that it is a watershed moment when the party to which instinctively conservative people might be expected to look champions social revolution. In the Times, a commentator writes that fractious Conservatives are fighting their leader and each other, while the opposition Labour Party is docile and devoid of a plan. The old politics is dying, he argues in an article entitled “Confused of Westminster seeks a big idea”.


A commentator in the Financial Times itemises the five questions that must be answered by the next governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes that the revocation of the doctoral degree of Annette Schavan, Germany's education minister, appears to have been disproportionate and was done in an untransparent procedure. Süddeutsche Zeitung writes that Düsseldorf University, which revoked Schavan's doctoral degree, is trying to distract from its own responsibility in the matter.

A commentator in Süddeutsche Zeitung demands legal clarity for sperm donors following a court ruling giving children a right to know a donor's identity. 

Handelsblatt reports that Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, has come in for criticism for his role in supervising Monte dei Paschi, a troubled bank.

A meeting between the presidents of Serbia and Kosovo in Brussels last night was more about symbolism than substance, writes Kosovo's Koha ditore.

According to Publico, Portugal will press for a €900m increase in the rural-development budget, arguing that Portugal is one of the countries that benefits least from the Common Agricultural Policy.

The Irish parliament yesterday voted to wind up the Irish Bank Resolution Corp (IBRC) as part of a deal with the European Central Bank. However, the speed of the process has raised question marks: the Irish Times writes that information was leaked to the market, precipitating the parliamentary vote.

Spain's El País looks at the dispute between Switzerland and the EU over Switzerland's limits on immigration from the newer EU member states. The EU says the measures are discriminatory and should not be applied to one group of EU countries. There have, as a result, been political calls in Switzerland for the restrictions to be applied to all EU countries.

Le Monde looks at questions about a Swiss bank account held by a former senior French tax officer.

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