Thursday, 11 September 2008

Newspapers : 11th September (en)

Second Irish EU referendum expected. Bruno Waterfield, The Telegraph (en)
Brussels in 'frightening' grab for personal information. Christopher Hope, The Telegraph (en)
Spanish PM Jose Zapatero warns of 'hard times'. Fiona Govan, The Telegraph (en)
Germany embroiled in secret Iraq spy deal . Roger Boyes, The Times (en)
South Ossetia pledge to join Russia. Stefan Wagstyl, Thwe FT (en)
European support for Nato rises. Tony Barber, The FT (en)
Russia may use wealth fund to support markets. Charles Clover, Catherine Belton and Rachel Morarjee, The FT (en)
The price of Putin. Editorial, The FT (en)
Poland aims to join eurozone by 2011. Jan Cienski, The FT (en)

Knowledge deficit’ sank Lisbon treaty. David Sharrock and David Charter, The Independent (en)
"... “An EU knowledge deficit is clearly present which has undoubtedly contributed to the ‘no’ vote,” according to the poll and focus group research. “Knowledge of EU institutions and how they work appears to be particularly low. The difficulty of advocating a referendum that is based on the premise of institutional reform in this environment is apparent.”... "

How Moscow's hard man changed the face of Grozny. Mary Dejevsky, The Independent (en)
"As recently as three years ago, Chechnya was racked by a vicious, chaotic war. Just two years ago, 90 per cent of its capital, Grozny, lay in ruins. You may remember the photos of devastation, the skeletal remains of public buildings, homes seemingly turned inside out, and students heroically pursuing their studies in scorched lecture rooms.
Now, the centre of Grozny is a completely new city. Almost every trace of war has been erased; the only evidence of the conflicts that tore the heart out of the city are fenced-off blocks razed to the ground and awaiting new development. It is almost possible to pretend that more than 10 years and two wars never happened. The new focus combines the two unifying themes of post-war Chechnya: moderate Islam and Akhmad Kadyrov..."

Air France to launch 'quicker' train to Paris as Eurostar monopoly ends. Michael Savage, The Independent (en)
"...An industry insider said: "Just imagine arriving at the station and being able to pick from destinations from all over Europe such as Prague, Cologne and Frankfurt. Competition will be great news for consumers."
Virgin Atlantic is also thought to be interested in setting up a European high-speed rail service under the liberalisation plan, while the German operator Deutsche Bahn has expressed interest in running a service from London to Cologne. From there, passengers would have easy access to cities including Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich, Berlin and Hamburg..."

Russia warns Ukraine it will retaliate over Nato. Anne Penketh, The Independent (en)
"..."The expansion of Nato is seen in Russia as a hostile action. We will never accept this. We cannot block expansion of Nato but we can take measures to ensure our security," the Russian ambassador to Britain, Yuri Fedotov ..."

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