Thursday, 8 May 2014

Today’s five best European front pages

'National dialogue for Ukraine' - Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zurich.

Russian president Vladimir Putin and the OSCE chair (and Swiss president) Didier Burkhalter called for a national dialogue with all the parties to the Ukraine conflict after a meeting at the Kremlin, in Moscow, on Wednesday, reports the Swiss daily

'Putin turns his back on separatists' - De Volkskrant, Amsterdam.

Russian president Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday the withdrawal of Moscow's soldiers posted along Eastern Ukraine's borders and called for the referendum on independence scheduled by pro-Russian separatists for 11 May to be postponed, reports De Volkskrant. The daily adds that "NATO does not see any sign that this is happening".

'Brussels tightens more' - El Periódico, Barcelona.

In its first report since de end of the banking rescue package, the European Commission and the European central bank "criticised on Wednesday the delay by Spanish government on some reforms, such as active employment policies and the jobs service modernisation, as well as the liberalisation of professional services or the implementation of the Independent Fiscal Authority", writes the Spanish daily.

'Europe mobilises against djihadist networks' - Le Figaro, Paris.

The Interior ministers of "the nine European countries most affected by 'foreign fighters'" who leave their homeland to fight along Syrian radical rebels meet today in Brussels, with "representatives of the U.S., Turkey, Morocco and Tunisia. "More than 15,000 foreigners from 70 countries are currently fighting in Syria, most of whom on the side of radical islamists", reports Le Figaro.

'17 days more' - Die Tageszeitung, Berlin.

"Will the far-right extremists win on 25 May? Should we remember the reasons of the new Europe-Ukraine crisis? Can and should we love the EU?" Starting today, two weeks ahead of the European elections, TAZ "brings special pages" to the issue.

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