Monday, 5 May 2014

Today’s five best European front pages

'Passos' "clean exit" does not cancel risks on creditor's surveillance' - Público, Lisbon.

Three years after entering an IMF-EU-ECB bailout plan, Prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho confirmed on 4 May Portugal's exit from it "without resorting to any security program". "A risky option", writes Público, as any trouble can turn financing more difficult and more expensive.

'A dream of Europe' - Libération, Paris.

Three weeks ahead of the European elections, a poll by Viavoice for Libération reveals that "even though they are very harsh against Brussels, the French are still fond of the European ideal and to the single currency".

'Defiant Adams: I am innocent' - Belfast Telegraph, Belfast.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams was released on 4 May after being held in police custody in Belfast since 30 April over the 1972 murder of Jean McConville, a woman accused by the IRA of being a police informant. Adams repeated he did not take any part in the murder, while the relatives of McConville threatened to "disclose the identities of the murder's suspects to the police", writes the Belfast Telegraph.

'Protesters storm in Odessa' - De Volkskrant, Amsterdam.

"Civilians in Eastern and Southern Ukraine are increasingly taking matters into their hands", writes the Dutch daily: "they have weapons, contrary to the police". This is why officials "are very afraid to use violence".

'Massacre in Odessa' - Gazeta Wyborcza, Warsaw.

"The death of dozens of people during the fighting in Odessa", a port on the Black sea, "sharply exacerbated the conflict in Ukraine. The pro-Russian rebellion once again took control of the city", writes the Warsaw daily.

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