Newspaper review: Papers focus on double-dip recession

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Media captionA look at the first editions of the UK papers

With Britain in a double-dip recession for the first time in more than 30 years, the Guardian's front page says it is "just like 1975" .

The Independent also leads on the economy , asking on its front page: "Where is Plan B?"

The paper's political editor, Andrew Grice, says that economically "plus or minus 0.2% does not make a vast difference".

But politically, he says, the return to recession "might be a game-changer".

Murdoch verdict

The Times leads with Wednesday's evidence at the Leveson Inquiry.

The paper says Rupert Murdoch emerged as someone with "broad experience, a ready wit and a becoming humility".

"Murdoch contrived to sound rather likeable, his self-deprecating humour far from standard tycoon pomposity," writes Michael White in the Guardian .

The Daily Mail's Quentin Letts writes that Mr Murdoch's "mental cogs and spools were swivelling, analysing dangers from every aspect".

Image caption A computer-generated image of how Madeleine McCann may look now is in many of the papers

The Daily Mirror , Daily Express and Daily Star all lead with a computer-generated picture that shows how Madeleine McCann may look now.

It has been released, almost five years since she disappeared, by Scotland Yard, which wants the case reopened.

The Times and the Guardian have the story on page three.

The latter says the Met Police have new leads that were "uncovered after a trawl through overlooked evidence and disregarded clues".

Blogging donkey

A number of papers report news that the European Commission has called for a 6.8% rise in the European Union budget.

The Sun's headline reads "EU cannot be serious" , while the Daily Mail lists some "questionable" EU projects .

These apparently include a "blogging donkey" and a TV channel with "830 viewers a day".

The Daily Express argues that the European Commission should accept a 20% cut in its budget - and "consider itself lucky".

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