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The paper clip

15.02.2013 / 10:49 CET
A round-up of the international press on Friday, 15 February.

Süddeutsche Zeitung writes that representatives of the Syrian regime and opposition are beginning to explore the possibilities of a peace deal under the auspices of the United Nations.

The real reward of a US-EU free-trade area would be geopolitical, writes a commentator in the Financial Times.

Germany's Die Welt looks at Italy's election campaign, focusing on the insurgent campaign by the comedian Beppe Grillo.

Slavery, not horse meat, is the real scandal, writes a commentator in the Daily Telegraph about the food-sourcing and -labelling scandal. Long business supply chains are corruptible and can hide a multitude of crimes, he writes.

Amazon is at the centre of a deepening scandal in Germany as the online shopping giant faced claims that it employed security guards with neo-Nazi connections to intimidate its foreign workers, the UK's Independent writes.

A meteorite has exploded over the Russian region of Chelyabinsk. Italy's La Repubblica is among the papers with reports.

A Chechen Russian educated in the UK has told a Ukrainian court that he was tortured into confessing to kill Vladimir Putin ahead of his election as Russia's president last year. The UK's Independent has a report.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung explores a Russian police swoop against alleged Islamists in St Petersburg. It writes that 271 men were detained. What really was behind the police action, the paper asks?

There is time for a nuclear deal with Iran – but Tehran must budge, the Financial Times writes in an editorial.

Der Spiegel examines the small embattled group of Britons fighting to convince the British public that the UK should remain within the European Union.

Dwindling church attendance and dire financial straits are forcing the Catholic and Protestant Churches in Germany to sell off church buildings en masse, Der Spiegel writes. Some are demolished, while others are turned into restaurants or indoor mountain climbing centres.

Sensitive personal information risks being left vulnerable to hoarding and misuse by banks, retailers and insurance companies due to three British members of the European Parliament accused of directly inserting major firms' suggestions into EU laws, according to privacy campaigners warning of the most intense lobbying effort ever seen in the European Parliament. The UK's Independent has a report.

Germany's Tagesspiegel returns to US President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech to explore Obama's praise for Germany.

Switzerland's Tages-Anzeiger looks at reports and statistics on EU citizens who have false employment contracts in Switzerland that also entitle them to welfare benefits.

The leader of the UK's Labour Party, Ed Miliband, has the makings of a brave and visionary leader, a commentator in the Guardian writes in response to several policy initiatives outlined by Miliband. The Independent has a very different view, saying that Miliband's vision is not very distinctive. His “working people” sound very much like the Conservatives' “strivers”, it writes in an editorial.

Süddeutsche Zeitung reports that Tunisia's president has issued an ultimatum to end a political crisis.

The son of Egypt's President Muhammad Morsi has been appointed to a senior post – despite only recently graduating from university. Slovakia's Týždeň picks up on the report.

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