Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Today’s five best European front pages

'111,565 unemployed less' - ABC, Madrid.

Unemployment fell by 111,565 people in April (it is now 4,684,301), writes ABC. A figure that "could trigger to a real change in the employment trend". Employment rose by 133,765 in "the best April in the Welfare history. Most of the jobs (64,774) were created in the hostelry sector, as well as the self-employed (21,946).

'Russia insists on separatists [participate] to talks on Ukraine' - Der Standard, Vienna.

During yesterday's talks in Vienna on the situation in Ukraine, Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov insisted that no further discussion can be engaged without the involvement of the pro-Russian separatists' representatives (which he called "opposition"). Lavrov also "asked for the 25 May presidential elections to be postponed until there is a new constitution", reports the daily. His Ukrainian counterpart, Andrij Deschtchyza, replied asking Russia "not to interfere in the process".

'Wind of intolerance strenghtens in EU countries' - Svenska Dagbladet, Stockholm.

"Right-wing populist and far-right parties are poised to reap their biggest success since World War II in this year's European elections, though only in a few countries", writes the Swedish daily. Eastern Europe seems to be spared, as a survey by Svenska Dagbladet and the anti-racist Expo foundation reveals.

'Why are saboteurs penetrating in Ukraine?' - Den, Kiev.

According to the Ukrainian daily, "Russian saboteurs and mercenaries are openly fighting on the Ukrainian territory", while "Ukrainian special forces are suffering huge casualties." How is it possible that Russian soldiers could have been deployed "to destabilise the situation and occupying more and more land in the East and the South?", asks Den to the assistant Head of the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Sergey Astakhov. Who says that "there was no political decision to prevent Russian nationals to enter Ukraine".

'Immigration: Europe facing the tragedy' - Le Monde, Paris.

"An influx of migrants in Italy and in Spain and two new boats capsized in the Aegean Sea show the EU's difficulty to set up a common policy", writes Le Monde. Despite "the numerous tools the EU has got, it has failed to stop immigration": 435,000 asylum applications were filed in 2013, and those tools "are harshly criticised by human rights organisations".

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