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Eurozone debt talks forecasted in papers

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The agreement reached in eurozone debt crisis talks came too late for the early editions of Thursday's papers, which speculate about the outcome.

Most papers predict much greater uncertainty than now seems likely.

The Guardian says the slow motion car crash in Brussels will be felt in the UK by all with mortgages or savings and would hit the fabric of family life.

Euro leaders were dithering, says the Daily Telegraph - "stumbling" towards a limited rescue deal.

The scale of the problem facing the eurozone is placed firmly at the feet of the Italian leader, Silvio Berlusconi, by the Times.

It says his insouciance and political cowardice in addressing Italy's debt have threatened the euro experiment.

Meanwhile, the Independent says it was the banks who got Europe into this mess and should now be forced to reform.

Asking for self-regulation, says the paper, is like requesting the Mafia to restrain its activities.

While most attention is focused on the euro, the Daily Mail turns its attention to Wednesday night's EU budget vote in the European Parliament.

It says MEPs provoked fury by demanding an increase which would cost British taxpayers an extra £834m a year.

Meanwhile, the Sun says the vote "beggars belief".

The paper also adds that the phrase "over our dead bodies" is one that came to mind in regards to this issue.

The Financial Times has spoken to Libyan human rights activists voicing concerns that the new interim government poses a threat to democracy.

One said: "You cannot throw matters into the hands of an angry mob and expect you'll get law".

Meanwhile, the Daily Star says "soft laws" have allowed the protest on the grounds of St Paul's Cathedral to go on too long.

In a similar vein, the Daily Express asks how a bunch of "layabouts" has been permitted to remain on the doorstep of a great building.

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