"EU kowtows to Sarkozy," headlines Die Presse. "The European Commission is only going to launch a watered-down procedure against Paris for infringement of the treaties." This is a “setback” for justice commissioner Viviane Reding, opines the Viennese daily. The EU executive branch, convened on 29 September, has scrapped plans to take legal action against France for "discriminating” against Romanian and Bulgarian Roma after this summer’s expulsions. However, Paris will face proceedings for improper implementation of the 2004 directive on free movement for European citizens. France has till 15 October to conform to Community regulations.
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