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27.02.2013 / 10:05 CET
A round-up of the international press on Wednesday, 27 February.

The political deadlock in Italy is the central piece of news across Europe. From Italy to the UK, the economics of self-flagellation have set off a wave of wildcat populism, with unpredictable results, writes a commentator in the Guardian. Italy's Le Monde gives its assessment of the winners and losers in this weekend's parliamentary election. Pier Luigi Bersani, the leader of Italy's centre-left, has said he will hold coalition talks with the protest movement of comedian Beppe Grillo, writes La Stampa.

The markets are not taking the political turmoil in Italy lightly, writes the Wall Street Journal.

The Slovenian government led by Janez Janša is in its last hours, writes Delo in previewing a vote of confidence later today. It is unclear, however, whether Alenka Bratušek from the opposition Positive Slovenia will manage to gain enough support to form a new government, the paper writes. Delo profiles Bratušek, who became the opposition's candidate for prime minister after its leader, Zoran Jankovic, got caught up in a corruption scandal.

Alexander Downer, the United Nations special envoy for Cyprus, is to hold talks about the possible resumption of reunification talks after the election of Nicos Anastasiades as Greek Cypriot president, writes Phileleftheros.

Die Presse considers comments by Günter Oettinger, the European commissioner for energy, that are being taken as criticism of the EU's policy towards Turkey.

The candidates in Malta's election held a televised debate yesterday, the Times of Malta writes. Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi said he would not step down as leader of the Nationalist Party if the opposition Labour Party wins the election.

An Egyptian court has ruled that smuggling tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip pose a threat to national security and should therefore be destroyed, Al-Masry Al-Youm reports.

Israel's Ha'aretz calculates that Israel stands to lose $175 million if US President Barack Obama and the US Congress do not reach a deal by Friday. If there is no deal, automatic cuts will be made to foreign aid and direct defence allocations.

Lebanon's Daily Star writes that an internal EU report describes Israel's settlements as the biggest obstacle to a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine. The report suggests sanctions against Israel over the matter, according to the paper.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung looks at the post-election demonstrations in Armenia. The election resulted in a first-round victory for the sitting president, Serzh Sarkisian.

Le Monde looks at the Tuaregs, key players in the instability in Mali.

The names of bus stops in ethnic-Hungarian areas in Slovakia are the source of a new point of contention between Slovakia and Hungary, Lidové noviny writes. Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has said that minority rights – including linguistic rights – should not be used as a form of blackmail.

Just days after French film star turned Russian citizen Gerard Depardieu provoked mockery and disgust by dining and dancing with Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov, French President Francois Hollande is to hold one day of talks with President Vladimir Putin this Thursday, the Financial Times reports.

France has been increasing its attention to Latin America since François Hollande became president, Le Figaro writes.

Consumer watchdogs, internet activists and European farmers are gearing up to fight the planned trade agreement between Europe and the United States, Der Spiegel reports. Many in Europe are worried that politicians will make backroom deals at the expense of consumers, it writes.

Denmark may now have to pay student grants to students from other EU countries, according to an expert commenting on an EU court ruling for the Danish paper Politiken.

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