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25.02.2013 / 10:22 CET
A round-up of the international press on Monday, 25 February.

Nicos Anastasiadis, a centre-right politician, has been elected president of Cyprus. Germany's Süddeutsche Zeitung, Greece's Kathimerini and the Netherland's Telegraaf are among the papers with reports. Cyprus Mail writes that the result is one of the best in the island's history. Anastasiades's first big task is to negotiate a eurozone bail-out of the island's ailing economy, writes Kathimerini. In his first comments after election, Anastasiades vowed to work toward the reunification of the divided island, writes Hurriyet Daily News. Handelsblatt says that Germany’'s finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, wants a €€17.5bn aid package for Cyprus to be drawn up “rapidly”.

Today is the second day of Italy's parliamentary elections and turnout has been some 7% lower than on the first day five years ago, writes La Repubblica in its live-blog. Corriere della Sera carries a report and  France's Le Monde looks at the pivotal moments in the campaign. “Waiting in a vicious circle” is Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung's assessment of the situation of many Italians, including young people and entrepreneurs. A bit over 55% had voted by the end of yesterday, the paper writes. Voting will end at 3pm today.

Switzerland's Tages-Anzeiger writes that protests yesterday were the largest in 16 years. The protests, which were triggered by rising energy prices, last week unseated Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. The protestors are now calling for deeper changes in the political system. Slovakia's Sme provides details of one of the two men who set themselves alight in the demonstrations. It writes that Plamen Goranov had to turn off his heating in order to eat, and says that he has become the symbol of the protests.

Georgian investigators on Saturday filed criminal charges against a top ally of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, whose supporters condemned the move as politically motivated. The Moscow Times has a report.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former US national security adviser, writes in the Financial Times that the cyber age demands new rules of war. An international mechanism is needed to check the covert acts of violence made possible by technological advances, he argues.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung reports that the Syrian opposition is boycotting international talks in protest at the failure of the international community to protect civilians.

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, has backed the resumption of accession talks with Turkey “in spite of the fact that I am sceptical” about Turkish membership of the EU, the Financial Times reports. Hurriyet Daily News reports that she has visited German soldiers operating Patriot missile batteries on Turkey's border with Syria.

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, has urged the European Parliament to approve the long-term EU budget agreed by EU national leaders, Austria's Die Presse writes.

A British member of the European Parliament, Marta Andreasen, has switched party, from the UK Independence Party to the Conservatives. The Guardian has a report.

The Guardian carries an obituary of Bruce Millan, who served as Britain's European commissioner from 1985 to 1995.

The Moscow Times writes that thousands of people have protested in Armenia's capital, Yerevan, against the re-election of President Serzh Sargsyan, asserting that an opposition party leader was the real winner.
Austria's Die Presse looks at the strength of US lobbyists in Brussels.

A majority of Slovenes support the idea of a transitional government and of early elections, according to Delo. Prime Minister Janez Jansa and opposition leader Zoran Jankovic are both embroiled in a corruption scandal.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton intends to appeal to Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi, Yemen's president, to save an Austrian national who has been taken hostage in Yemen, writes Die Presse. A video of the man, who was abducted together with two Finnish men in December, was made public yesterday.

Die Welt judges France’s economy to be in the greatest danger. It says that economists claim that, although its “descent” has not been as dramatic as those seen in southern eurozone countries, it too has gone from “strength to crisis”.

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