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Latest update : 2010-04-26

"Dark forces are at work” in British Foreign Office, says Vatican official

A leaked Foreign Office memo suggesting that Pope Benedict might “launch his own brand of condoms” during a September visit to the UK has been slammed as “vile” by the Government. While publicly accepting Britain’s apology, Vatican sources are privately outraged, says the Daily Mail. MONDAY, 26th APRIL, 2010

 

In today’s international papers, we take a look at the controversy in the UK surrounding a leaked memo poking fun at the Pope. The document was part of a brainstorming session in advance of Benedict XVI’s September visit to the UK. Amongst other things, the memo suggested the pontiff may launch his own brand of condoms, attend the opening of an abortion clinic or bless a gay marriage. Read more in The Independent and The Daily Mail.
 
Also in the British press, Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg is continuing to garner media attention with declarations as to who he may enter coalition with. The Guardian leads with the news that the Liberal Democrats would enter coalition talks with the Conservatives first should Labour come third in the election. Inside, cartoonist Martin Rowson depicts Clegg as the kingmaker, deciding which of the other two candidates he wants to burn at the stake. Also, columnist Jackie Ashley says a Liberal Democrat / Conservative coalition would be hugely strained, not least of all because of big differences on immigration and the EU. Meanwhile, Sarah Brown’s shoe seem to be attracting an inordinate degree of attention: The Daily Mail, The Guardian.
 
We also took a look at the front pages of the Hungarian and Austrian press after elections in both countries: Napi Gazdasag (Hungary), Der Standard (Autriche).
 
Finally, the International Herald Tribune says that the volcanic eruption in Iceland exposes a “diverse” Europe which must nonetheless live together as a family. “Nature has devised the perfect metaphor for the burden of unionhood,” the paper notes.
 
 

 

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