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The paper clip

12.02.2013 / 10:20 CET
A round-up of the international press on Tuesday, 12 February.

The abdication of Pope Benedict XVI dominates the newspapers.  Among the papers with extensive coverage are Spain's El País, Italy's La Repubblica, Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza, Portugal's Diário de Notícias,  Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and France's Le Monde. 

North Korea says that it has conducted a test of a militarised nuclear weapon. Le Monde has a report.

The British tabloid the Sun has entered the abattoir in Romania from where horsemeat may have entered the food chain under the name beef. The Independent draws some broader lessons from the horsemeat scandal, applying it to the financial sector. “Horsemeat: Regulation doesn't taste so bad now, does it?” is the headline. The Irish Times says that EU agriculture ministers will today discuss the horsemeat scandal.

Cyprus will have to undergo a private audit of its money-laundering rules before any eurozone bail-out, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister, has said, according to Kathimerini.

Austria's Der Standard writes that, for the first time, eurozone finance ministers yesterday discussed the EU's budget for 2014.

Talks to form a new governing coalition are continuing in Slovenia, where Prime Minister Janez Jansa is clinging to his office, writes Delo.

Jens Weidmann, the president of Germany's central bank, has warned that any government attempts to devalue the euro could backfire, the Daily Telegraph writes.

A commentator in the Financial Times gauges the situation in Europe, saying that the region has lifted slightly.

North Korea has conducted its third nuclear test, writes the New York Times.

Neelie Kroes, the European commissioner for the digital agenda, has said that she would not support any European Commission move that would limit journalists. The Dutch daily Volkskrant has a report. The comments are a response to criticism of a European Commission report on media freedom in the EU.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is tightening its food-safety controls after traces of a dangerous chemical were detected in milk imported from Croatia, writes Dnevni avaz from Sarajevo. Croatia is to join the EU in July.

An explosion at a Turkish border crossing with Syria has killed 13 civilians, including three Turks, writes Hurriyet Daily News.

Barack Obama, the US president, will give his State of the Union speech today. The Financial Times writes in an editorial that it is time for a serious overhaul of the US tax system.

The UK's Guardian writes on a storm provoked by a Catholic priest shows no signs of abating: late last year Father Piero Corsi said that women bear increasing responsibility for domestic and sexual violence. The article notes a European Commission survey in 2010 that found that 3% of Italian respondents thought domestic violence was acceptable in all circumstances – the highest in the EU.

Handelsblatt looks at the Italian elections. Berlusconi is catching up in the polls, the paper says.

Cyprus is too important to the eurozone to allow it to go bust, the European Central Bank believes according to an article in Handelsblatt. But Germany’'s governing CDU party is not so sure and its budget policy spokesman has asked Jörg Asmussen, the German member of the ECB executive board, to explain the thinking.



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