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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Headline Wars: What's Up in Turin?

TURIN, Italy -- In London, newspapers talked of mad cows. Italy's press focused on the fight to cut European unemployment lines. Over in Poland, the event was seen as the "last chance to solve the 'German question.'"


There was broad media agreement that the "mad cow crisis" would overshadow the European Union summit, but a look at Friday's headlines made it sometimes difficult to tell if the 1,800 journalists here were gathered for the same meeting.


Spain's El Pais saw the summit paving the EU's way "to allow expansion to eastern Europe." Paris' leftist L'Humanite said the leaders will talk of nothing but a single European currency though the issue was not on the agenda.


Friday was the grand launch of the EU's year-long conference to overhaul its founding treaty to prepare the 15-nation union for a dozen new members in the years ahead, though mad cows were a prime topic.


"Beef war instead of reform," fronted Austria's Die Presse. "The conference on the future of the European Union has been completely overshadowed," echoed The Times of London.


Yet, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung saw France and Germany forging ahead with a more united EU that will open up soon to the nations of eastern Europe.


"Bonn and Paris call for a European identity," the paper headlined. That prospect led Italy's Corriere della Sera to complain, "In Turin the Franco-German Europe is born."


But Lisbon's Publico questioned "whether the Paris-Bonn axis still works" as the traditional engine of European integration.


The downbeat Portuguese daily headlined "Europessimism in Turin." It saw "too many problems and challenges" to make its reform conference a success.


Italy's L'Unita countered that "Euro-skeptics have no future." The summit, wrote Piero Fassino in an editorial, will put Europe on the road to greater unity.