Today's front pages

12 September 2012 – Presseurop De Morgen, Trouw, Financial Times & 4 others

On 12 September, the German Constitutional Court is to rule on the European Stability Mechanism, and the Netherlands goes to the polls. Meanwhile, the European Commission is to present its plan for banking union and Commission President José Manuel Barroso is to give a speech on the state of the European Union.

De Morgen, Brussels

Super Wednesday for Europe

Today's Dutch election is likely to be a close run-off between the outgoing Liberal VVD party led by Mark Rutte and Diederik Samsom's Dutch Labour party. During the last elections in 2010, only 80,000 votes separated the two parties, the newspaper notes.

Trouw, Amsterdam

Everything points to race between the VVD and PvdA

Britain faces a fresh fight with Brussels over who has control over the City of London, as it confronts a key element of the plans for eurozone banking union that makes it easier for London to be overruled on contentious matters of supervision.

Financial Times, London

UK set for fight with Brussels over banks

On the occasion of Catalonia's self styled "National Day", between 600.000 and 1.5 million people demonstrated in Barcelona calling for the Spanish region's independence. This occurs just weeks after Catalonia's autonomous regional government asked central government for €5 billion in financial assistance. The EU has warned that if Catalonia becomes independent, it will not be a member.

La Razón, Madrid

The independence challenge

Following the publication of a report on the situation of French car maker PSA Peugeot Citroën, the government is forced to accept the restructuring of the group, as well as the closure of the factory in Aulnay-sous-Bois, near Paris. In July, François Hollande called the 8,000 job cuts announced by PSA "unacceptable".

Le Figaro, Paris

Hollande resigned to Aulnay closure

From 2020, the EU will no longer subsidise biofuels. Environmental damage caused by maize, sugar beet and sugar cane growing are more serious than expected, the Berlin daily reports, citing a preliminary report of the European Commission.

Die Welt, Berlin

Brussels turns off tap for E10 and biodiesel

A ban on cigarette advertising. Sweden can no longer export snus (Swedish snuff)." These are the new measures that the European Commission wants to impose by 2017. Brussels "wants a Europe without smokers by 2050. There are 107 million smokers in the EU and smoking causes 700,000 deaths per year."

Logo – Dagens Nyheter, Stockholm

Tougher measures against tobacco in Europe