After a long fight, Austria and Luxembourg eventually surrendered on 20 March to their fellow EU member States and backed the European plan to increase transparency in tax reporting — thus giving a serious blow to banking secrecy.
Meanwhile, most of European dailies — and some newsmagazines in the newsstands on this 21 March — have their headlines to the Ukrainian crisis and the restrictions to the circulation of some Russian officials close to the Kremlin imposed by Washington as a retaliation for Russia's "annexion" of Crimea earlier this week. Retaliation to which Moscow has replied by banning some US officials from entering Russia.
In the Netherlands, populist leader Geert Wilder's statement on "do you want more or less Moroccans?" inspired NRC Next's headline, while Turkish government's decision to shut down Twitter makes Cumhuriyet's main headline, and apparently did not get the same attention from the other main newspapers.
'Luxembourg gives the green light' - Luxemburger Wort, Luxembourg.
'Banking union in Europe' - Cinco Días, Madrid.
'A EU cemetery for ailing banks' - Die Presse, Vienna.
'US-Russia war of sanctions' - Hufvudstadsbladet, Helsinki.
'"Munich"-2' - Den, Kiev.
'The new world order' - The Economist, London.
'The Crimean cold war' - Internazionale, Rome.
'The West tightens Putin's screw' - Gazeta Wyborcza, Warsaw.
'Russia's consolidation' - Ukraynski Tyzhden, Kiev.
'US puts squeeze on defiant Putin' - The Guardian, London.
'Sanctions against Russia. And who they really hit' - Handelsblatt, Düsseldorf.
'White House to impose its blacklist' - Kommersant, Moscow.
'Do you want more or less Geert Wilders?' - NRC Next, Amsterdam.
'Italy-EU duel on ties' - Corriere della Sera, Milan.
'Twitter is closed' - Cumhuriyet, Istanbul.