At the end of 2011 Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium, along with Greece and Portugal, recorded a second consecutive drop in quarterly GDP.
Eurozone economy begins to decline, with five countries in recession – El País
"For the first time, a fascist party might enter the Greek Parliament", the Danish daily writes. The Chrysi Avyi (Golden Dawn) party is set to benefit from popular anger over Greece's humiliations at the hands of EU leaders and the troika.
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Europe is pushing Greece to the right – Politiken
The Italian government has proposed a tax on church property that is used for commercial purposes, currently exempt from all taxation. The tax could generate revenues of between 500 and 700 million euros.
Property tax, a turning point for church property – La Stampa
French president Nicolas Sarkozy announced his candidacy for a second term on national television. The presidential election will be held on April 22 and May 6.
Sarkozy: reforms for "a strong France" – Le Figaro
Nearly two-thirds of visits to European Union ports by sanctioned ships linked to the Iranian state shipping line, Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), have taken place in Malta. This is not illegal as contracts between the sanctioned Iranian state shipping line and the Malta Freeport will remain valid until November 2013.
Two thirds of sanctioned Iranian ships' visits to EU ports are via Malta – The Malta Independent
Female unemployment hits 1.1 million – out of a total of 2.67 million - the worst in 23 years.
Women swelling the ranks of the jobless – The Independent
The Swiss Space Center announced on Wednesday that it is entering the race to clean up space. It plans to develop a "dustbin-ship" (Project Clean Space One) able to pick up waste that could damage orbiting satellites.
Switzerland enters race to clean up space – Le Temps
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