Today's front pages
2 November 2012
El Economista, The Independent, De Standaard & 4 others
Associations representing Spains magistrates and prosecutors are "fed up" with the legal conditions that apply in cases where people who default on the mortgages may be evicted. In particular, they are unhappy about "bad banking practice" and "questionable contracts with abusive clauses", which they want addressed by a new law. Since 2007, some 400,000 people have been evicted in Spain, including a record 18,600 in June 2012.
Judges push for radical change in the law on evictions
Britain is considering stationing warplanes in Abu Dhabi as the confrontation with Iran over its nuclear programme continues, reports The Independent. The aircraft may be stationed at a base currently used by American and French forces to deter any attempt by Iran to block the Strait of Hormuz, through which 40 per cent of the world’s oil supplies are shipped.
PM on standby to send warplanes to Gulf as Iranian tensions rise
A large number of Dutch speaking magistrates are leaving the bilingual Brussels arrondissement of Bruxelles-Hal-Vilvorde, prompting fears of excessive delays in court proceedings in the Belgian capital. The wave of departures has come in the wake of decision that court staff should be 80% Francophone, and 20% Dutch speaking, which was taken within the framework of state reform to resolve the institutional crisis that opposed the two main communities in the country.
Brussels courts grow empty
A year ago, three members of the terrorist group the National Socialist Underground (NSU) committed suicide. Thereafter it emerged that a lack of cooperation between police and Germany’s secret service had enabled the far right activists to commit at least 10 racist murders between 2000 and 2006, which the newspaper describes as “the greatest state failure in the history of the republic”. Four senior members of the secret service subsequently resigned. However, their departure has not stemmed the flow of details about the scandal, including last week’s revelation that Hamburg police recruited an exorcist to question some of the victims.
Neo-Nazi terror — one year on
On 1st November, French President François Hollande and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Toulouse to pay their respects to the four victims shot by Mohamed Merah in the 19 March shooting at the Ohr Torah Jewish school.
Merah’s victims: Respects
News that the Romanian national lottery entered into contracts for exorbitant sums with a Greek IT services firm without organising a call for tenders may result in the enforced bankruptcy of the state company. The European Commission suspects Bucharest of covering several million euros of losses with state funds.
Greek holes in the lottery criticised by the European Commission
Radek John, chairman of the populist Public Affairs political party (VV) and a former minister of Interior is to go to work as an investigative journalist for the Empresa Media group (the owner of the weekly Týden among other titles), but without giving up his seat as an MP or his role as president of the Parliamentary Security Committee. The news has shocked Týden`s journalists, who have started to send resignation letters, as well as politicians from across the political spectrum and the public who have urged him to stand down.
Everyone urges John, “Get out”