Newspaper review: EU leaders come under fire


David Cameron's criticism of EU leaders after their summit in Brussels this week is the main news in the Times.

The paper says the prime minister "let rip" in an "astonishing show of frustration" after claiming to have seen off an attempt to renegotiate Britain's rebate.

He also ridiculed the European Parliament for producing a children's colouring book about MEPs which he branded "a genuine and scandalous waste of money".

The Daily Mail prints several pages from the booklet, which seeks to explain the working lives of a couple who are both MEPs.

As they arrive at Strasbourg airport, briefcases in hand, the pair find their driver waiting for them with a limousine.

Later, when one MEP wants to send a letter, the process involves an assistant, a messenger and a postman.

For the Mail it is a "comic book parody of waste" while the Sun says the book is "stomach-churning" and illustrates perfectly "the revolting sense of entitlement of all those riding first class aboard the Brussels gravy train".

Young homeowners

On its front page, the Daily Express says house prices are rising at their fastest rate for three years.

But it is the impact of the soaring property market on people trying to afford their first home which makes the main news in the Daily Telegraph.

New figures show the number of homeowners aged between 25 and 34 has fallen dramatically in the past 10 years - and a right-of-centre think tank is warning that "a generation of young families in rented properties could turn away from the Conservative Party".

Moors Murderer Ian Brady continues to make headlines at the end of a week when he argued, unsuccessfully, that he should be transferred from a maximum security hospital to a prison.

The Daily Mirror says letters written by Brady in the 1980s have emerged in which he claims to have murdered four more people in addition to the five children he killed with Myra Hindley.

Police say the allegations have been investigated previously and were not substantiated.

Headline slot

The Guardian leads with its interview with the top British commander in Afghanistan who has said the West should have started negotiations with the Taliban a decade ago.

General Nick Carter, who is the deputy commander of the Nato-led coalition, tells the paper that the problems of the past 10 years have been essentially political and political problems are only ever solved by talking.

With the Glastonbury Festival in full swing, there are plenty of pictures of music fans with flowers in their hair - and wellies on their feet.

The Times looks forward with anticipation to the Rolling Stones' appearance, describing it as the "biggest headline slot in the festival's 43-year history".

The Daily Express says the Stones will make history as they perform at the festival for the first time in their 50 years together.

The Independent says organisers Michael Eavis and his daughter Emily pulled off one of their greatest coups - persuading the Rolling Stones to headline the Pyramid Stage.

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