Today's front pages

16 January 2012 – Presseurop Polska The Times, Berlingske Tidende, Aftenposten & 4 others

While Greece seeks to persuade banks to write off part of its debr, an operation known as a "haircut", the EU-ECB-IMF troika is set to announce a 20% wage cut in certain sectors as part of its austerity plan.

Eleftheros Typos, Athens

General haircut

According to preliminary reconstructions, the wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia on the island of Giglio (Tuscany) on January 14 was allegedly caused by the captain's wish to skirt the coast to salute a friend ashore from the Italian merchant navy. There are at least six victims and 15 missing at the moment.

Corriere della Sera, Milan

A big shipwreck for a small favour

AAA: Germany; AA+: France; A: Spain; BBB+ Italy

Les Echos, Paris

Europe demoted

Manuel Fraga, a former minister under Franco, all-powerful ruler of Galicia and founder of the People's Party now in power, died in Madrid on January 15 at the age of 89.

ABC, Madrid

Farewell to architect of democratic right

Norway, a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) but not of the EU, integrates EU laws without taking any part in determining their content, according to a first report on the influence of EU law on the country.

Aftenposten, Oslo

Democratic fiasco for Norway

The opposition party Law and Justice (PiS) has called for a new commission of inquiry into the 2010 crash which claimed the lives of Polish president Lech Kaczyński and 95 other prominent personalities. According to new revelations, General Błasik, who allegedly put pressure on the pilot to land in fog, was not in the cockpit.

Polska The Times, Warsaw

Smoleńsk is back

According to Europol, warehouses in several European ports are full of adulterated pesticides from Asia. They are at best ineffective, at worst, dangerous to the environment, farmers and consumers.

Adulterated pesticides threaten EU