The dominant story in today's paper is the inconclusive outcome of Italy's parliamentary election. La Repubblica and Corriere della Sera have extensive coverage. The UK's Guardian summarises the outcome in its headline: “Italian election result stokes fresh fears for euro”. Neue Zürcher Zeitung profiles the leader of the centre-left, Pier Luigi Bersani. It's headline: “The uncharismatic.” The movement of Beppe Grillo, a comedian, has become the single largest party in the lower chamber of parliament, with more than 25% of the vote, writes Corriere della Sera. The uncertainty has pushed up Italy's borrowing costs and sent Asian stock exchanges tumbling, according to La Stampa.
Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, supports the resumption of EU membership talks with Turkey but has warned her Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that Turkey needs to let Cypriot planes and ships use Turkish ports and airports, writes Hurriyet Daily News. Hungary's Népszabadság has a report.
The new US secretary of state, John Kerry, has convinced the Syrian opposition umbrella group to attend a US-backed conference after threatening to boycott it over a lack of international support. The Financial Times has a report. A commentator in the UK's Guardian argues that Kerry needs to face down the hawks in the US administration, a group that he suggests stoked the Syrian opposition's initial decision to boycott talks.
“What Kerry needs to know about Iran” is the headline in the Financial Times in an article that focuses on the judgements that the new US secretary of state, John Kerry, will have to make. Tehran is willing to enter into talks with the US, the commentator writes.
Saudi Arabia has supplied Yugoslav-made arms from Croatia to Syria's rebels, reports the New York Times.
Hungary's Népszabadság looks at efforts to form an interim government in Bulgaria after the resignation last week of the government of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.
Jörg Asmussen, the influential German member of the European Central Bank's executive board, has called on Slovenia to set up a ‘bad bank' to channel poor-performing loans out of the banking system. Slovakia's Pravda has a report.
The Swiss will on 3 March vote on measures to cap excessive pay – or “rémunérations abusives”. France's Le Monde has a report.
Portugal's Prime Minister, Pedro Passos Coelho, could face a tax probe after a protest group “hijacked” his national insurance number, writes the UK's Independent.
Companies like defence giant EADS or steelmaker ThyssenKrupp have become the targets of hacker attacks from China. The digital espionage is creating a problem for relations between Berlin and Beijing, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel has shied away from taking firm action, Der Spiegel writes.
Natural-gas deposits are generating billions of euros for the Netherlands – but at the price of an increasing number of earthquakes, the Dutch daily Trouw writes.
Le Monde looks at François Fillon's bid to become leader of France's centre-right UMP party, wonders whether the former prime minister is too serious and argues that he embodies a nostalgic France dreaming of past greatness.
The Guardian looks at efforts by the French power generator to prevent demonstrations in the UK. The energy giant is part of a global strategy by corporations to stifle democracy, a commentator writes.
Die Presse looks at the reduction in the number of members of the European Parliament will have after 2014.