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The paper clip

22.02.2013 / 10:51 CET
A round-up of the international press on Friday, 22 February.

The Italian papers – including La Repubblica and Corriere della Sera – have many reports on the highly volatile state of Italy's election campaign. Italians will vote on 24-25 February.

The resignation of the Bulgarian government on Wednesday has not ended the public protests that brought down the government of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. Protesters came out onto the streets yesterday evening, hours after parliament accepted the government's resignation, the Czech daily Mladá fronta Dnes writes. Bulgaria's political crisis is the subject of reports in the International Herald Tribune and Spain's El País. Bulgaria could hold a snap election late in April or early in May, writes Austria's Der Standard.

Algirdas Šemeta, the European commissioner responsible for taxation and customs union, audit and anti-fraud, has a commentary in the UK's Guardian on the financial-transaction tax. The aim of the financial transaction tax is to make banks and markets contribute more – and it is coming to 11 EU states soon, he writes.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung looks at the European Commission's 18-month investigation into the bank-lending-rate scandal following comments by Joaquín Almunia, the European commissioner for competition, in Paris yesterday. The paper reports that the Commission will not come up with solutions for individual institutions.

“Europe's crisis is coming back,” according to an opinion piece in Süddeutsche Zeitung. The author says that if market react badly Italy's election result and deficit figures, not even Germany will be able to do anything about it.

Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza looks at a new internet law that critics fear will ease censorship in Poland.

Michel Barnier, the European commissioner for internal market, tells Austria's Der Standard that a proposed water directive does not aim to force member states to privatise water utilities.

Delo writes that Zoran Jankoviæ, the mayor of Ljubljana, has offered to resign as head of Slovenia's largest party, the opposition Positive Slovenia. He said that he would step down as soon as a new government is in place. Prime Minister Janez Jan¹a, embroiled in a corruption scandal, is fighting for his political survival.

British politicians' “inflammatory rhetoric” on immigration is raising the risk of racist attacks on eastern Europeans in Britain, Romania's ambassador to the UK has warned. The Daily Telegraph has a report.

British government ministers are riding roughshod over the civil service, and that is leading to ‘government by cock-up' and a loss of morale in the civil service, writes the Independent.

Israel's president, Shimon Peres, has urged the EU to put the Lebanese wing of Hezbullah on a blacklist, Romania's Adevarul writes.

Israel is losing legitimacy among allies around the world, writes a commentator in the Financial Times. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu bears responsibility.

The deadliest bombing in Damascus since the Syrian uprising began two years ago has claimed close to 60 lives, writes L'Orient-Le Jour.

Le Figaro reports that Air France reported a loss of €1.2bn in 2012.


Bulgaria has joined the list of countries that have found undeclared horsemeat in pre-prepared food, Romania's Jurnalul National writes.

Le Monde reports that French troops are fighting with insurgents in the town of Gao in Mali.  

Slovakia's president, Ivan Gašparovič, has admitted for the first time that he was present on a pre-Christmas hunting trip in which a hunter was shot. Sme has more.

Lidové noviny reports on the efforts of Jan Fischer, the Czech prime minister during the Czech Republic's president of the EU's Council of Minister, to clear debts run up during his unsuccessful bid for the Czech presidency earlier this year.

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