Today's front pages
19 September 2012
Charlie Hebdo, The Guardian, La Vanguardia & 4 others
Taking its cue from the French box office smash about an aristocratic paraplegic, the French satirical weekly depicts a Muslim in a wheelchair being pushed by an Orthodox Jew. This week's issues contains provocative cartoons of the Prophet of Islam, some of which portray him naked.
The Intouchables 2: "You shouldn't laugh"
Five of the six biggest EU states, excluding Britain, have called for a radical overhaul of European foreign and defence policies to create a new pan-European foreign ministry, majority voting on common foreign policies to bypass vetos, a possible European army, and a single market for EU defence industries. This is the outcome of a nine month brainstorming over the future of Europe by foreign ministers of 11 EU countries, launched by Guido Westerwelle, the German foreign minister.
German push for stronger EU
In an open letter published on the royal house's website, King Juan Carlos of Spain has reacted to the September 11 mass demonstration in Barcelona that called for Catalonian independence. He appeals to "the spirit of the transition" [to democracy after the Franco era which he oversaw] in order remain united" and believes that "the worst thing we can do is to divide our strength, increase dissension, pursue chimeras, deepen wounds".
King calls for end to divisions and “chasing dreams”
Secretary General of the Spanish Communist Party (PCE) from 1960 to 1982, Santiago Carrillo has died in Madrid at 97. A key figure in the democratic transition after the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, he played a "crucial role" in national reconciliation after the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 and the Franco period, writes the Madrid daily.
Death of an artisan of the reconciliation
During the traditional Prince's Day, held on the third Tuesday of September in The Hague, Queen Beatrix gave her annual speech to outline future government policy and the outgoing Minister of Finance presented the new state budget. With talks still ongoing on the formation of a coalition government in the wake of the 12 September general election, it is still not know known whether it will be passed, after an agreement imposed by Brussels to implement more austerity and a deficit below 3 % of GDP.
A perishable budget
Contrary to Brussels' request, Romanian Minister of Justice Pivniceru Mona has decided that the next hearings to appoint the new head of the national anti-corruption agency and the new Attorney General will take place behind closed doors.
Choice of new Justice chiefs: Mona Pivniceru ignores EU recommendations
The death toll from contaminated bootleg liquor in the Czech Republic has reached twenty-three, and the prohibition of the sale of beverages containing more than 20% alcohol is now extended to Slovakia and Poland. Authorities in Austria, Germany and Ireland have also issued warnings against Czech spirits.
Czech Republic scares Europe