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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers


With me are Cassell Bryan-Low from the Wall Street Journal and


Ben Chu, the economics editor at the Independent.


"Europe: Deal or No Deal" is the Telegraph's headline.


The paper says there is no guarantee EU leaders will back David Cameron


over his renegotiation plans at crucial talks in Brussels.


The Guardian says the Prime Minister is set for a battle


of brinkmanship in Brussels over the next couple of days.


The Times says the number of EU migrants working here has increased


That's also the lead for the Mail with the paper describing


the figures as a hammer blow for the Prime Minister.


"Higher education access gap grows" is the Independent's top story with


news that the proportion of students from poor backgrounds


going to leading universities has fallen in the past decade.


The i says 30,000 people have backed a campaign for meningitis vaccines


to be given to all children, after a mother shared an image


According to the Metro, so-called Islamic State is feared to


have secured the materials to make a dirty bomb after thieves stole


And the FT has further warnings from the Federal Reserve


Europe, no escaping it, especially in the next 48 hours or so. The


Daily Telegraph steals our title from a television programme,


Europe: Deal or no Deal. This is a story about David Cameron heading to


Brussels for 48 hours of intense discussions during which he hopes to


reach a deal on demands Britain has made. I think the chances are


generally looking good, but he is getting warnings today that there is


no guarantee they will reach a deal. The picture is of Angela Merkel, who


was addressing the Bundestag today. Her views matter enormously. She has


done David Cameron a big favour, coming out and saying, we want


Britain in the EU. It is a crucial time, and the assumption is that she


will throw her weight behind the demands that he is pushing for, and


that will swing a lot of the other EU members. As you say, Germany is


the dominant force and to have her on side is crucial for David


Cameron. We had a report earlier about who is lining up on which


side, and Northern Europe basically thinks we are OK on all of these


things, but there are a lot of countries, particularly on the


fringes, Greece and others, who are not at all happy with some of the


things we are asking for. Some Eastern Europe countries have


expressed concern about the measures, in terms of curbing access


to benefits for migrants, some others have expressed concern about


some of the wording of giving exception for the ever closer union,


feeling this is undermining the whole political rationale they have.


Of course, if we look at the Guardian, this has a very familiar,


rather bulky figure, who got off his bike. He was very circumspect, to


put it mildly, when he came out, about what he thinks at the moment.


This seemed like a bit of ritual humiliation, he was locked out. This


is a battle on two fronts. Of course David Cameron is in Brussels, he has


to persuade the member state to back him, and at home he has two persuade


his party to back him. Boris Johnson is seen as a key figure in all of


this because lots of Eurosceptics hope that he will decide that the


deal is not that great, and that he will campaign against it. That is


what the purpose was of him being in Downing Street, with David Cameron


leaning on him. It is tricky politics, because one assumes he has


leadership ambitions, but with him you never know which direction he is


going in. He has been playing FTSE on both sides, both sides want to


land him and he would be a key asset in either campaign. As you say, he


is believed to have leadership ambitions himself and he will be


weighing up the consequences of backing the wrong side in the


referendum, and his hopes for potential leader of the party. There


is talk of a plan B in case things do go wrong David Cameron. That we


could be in for another fortnight of this stuff. I think all sides want


to get this wrapped up, David Cameron wants to get its yield so he


can move on to a referendum. The Europeans want to turn back to the


big issues they have. If they can't reach a deal by Friday or possibly


even Saturday, this could be kicked down the road to the next scheduled


meeting in March. Officials are saying that they are unlikely to


want to attend an emergency meeting before that. Now, we might not quite


know what Boris thinks that we know what one newspaper thinks, the Daily


Mail. This is a classic story for the Daily Mail, looking at the


number of foreign workers in the UK, and it ties into the Europe debate.


A lot of this will be about immigration, and this particular


story is talking about the increase in foreign workers in the UK, 2


million of the 3 million foreign workers are from the EU, and that is


where pressure has been put on David Cameron to bring those figures


down. He has been unable to keep his pledge of reducing net migration. We


would expect them to go on about this, but they have quite a lot of


interesting facts and figures at their command. They do, because the


labour market statistics have come out today, and I was looking through


that. What has happened to wages, to overall employment and part-time


employment. Some newspapers go straight to the bit where it tells


you how many foreigners are working in the UK, and they have these


figures. Apparently it is a big issue that the number has tipped


over 2 million for EU workers, and crept over the 3 million mark for


foreign workers in general. As is their won't, they will use this as a


bludgeon to say that it is terrible, and that he British PM


should get some action on this -- wont. An interesting figure is the


employment numbers that are at record levels, unemployment is


falling, so that is good news for the PM and the Chancellor, although


the one caveat is wages, which seems to have weak growth. That might be


an interesting... I don't think the Daily Mail in its theory about this


has got into this. It has often been said that the reason why wage growth


is slow is because of foreign workers taking lower salaries, and


so on. Does that hold water? It is a Ukip line, and it may get some


credence, but I think immigration actually doesn't have that dampening


effect. It fills gaps in the workforce rather than... There may


be some element of the lower end, but in general it is positive. The


proponents are saying that foreign workers also contribute to the tax


coffers, it is many are coming here to work. I saw somewhere that over


Europe as a whole, amongst them anything said today, the figures are


positive rather than negative in terms of the positive impact rather


than negative. The front page of the Financial Times, the Federal Reserve


frets over the growing risks to US economy amid market turmoil. This is


not terribly new, is it? What is new today is the fact that minutes were


released of this meeting, and we get some insight into the thinking of


Federal Reserve officials, and it tells us that they are struggling to


make sense of uncertainty over the outlook for inflation in the


economy. Bearing in mind that we have our own debate among Bank of


England officials about when to raise rates, and officials here have


tiptoed away from expected increases themselves, and Governor Mark Carney


earlier this month said the global environment remains very


unforgiving. Ben, what did you make of it when you read what the Fed has


been up to? There has been a huge sell-off in stock markets, the oil


price has crashed, although it came back a bit today. The Fed raised


rates since timbre, the first time it had done that in about a decade.


Everyone thought the cycle was turning, everything would go up, and


low and behold it has changed plans in less than a month. Nobody expects


them to rise all year in America. This has been a significant change,


and this is reflecting that mood. The headlines we are seeing is what


has been happening with share prices and stocks, and so on, and there has


been quite a big rebound in the past few days. Is this the sort of thing


that will turn out on its head and we shall see prices crashing down


again? Do they have a lot further to fall? This will send mixed messages,


I don't think shares will go into freefall, I think there are plenty


of other things making investors jittery, but clearly this reinforces


what the markets are already at end upon. I don't think the central


banks putting out minutes tends to change market views. Nobody really


knows what is driving the big market sell-off, there is nothing


disastrous in the data that would reflect this, in America all China,


so it is a bit of a conundrum. Fear seems to be feeding on itself.


Staying with the Financial Times, they have this story about Apple and


an iPhone that the FBI would like to crack or hack or whatever the right


term is. Why is there such a big argument? This story is rooted in


the suspected terrorist attacks that we saw in San Bernardino California


last year, and the FBI is continuing to investigate this and one of their


key pieces of evidence is an iPhone that belonged to the suspected


couple behind the attacks but they are having trouble getting into it


because iPhones are encrypted. The authorities have gone to the courts


to try to force Apple to unlock the phone. The authorities argue it


would be key to their investigation to find out who was behind this


terror attack. Apple is digging in its heels and saying it won't comply


with the order. Its argument is that it would undermine the security it


offers all its uses, because if you unlock one it would set a precedent,


and anyone who uses an iPhone could potentially be vulnerable, whether


it be hackers or cyber criminals. What you think of that argument? As


Apple have a case? They certainly have a case, but it will be


interesting to see how this plays in public opinion. Tech companies like


Apple have had a lot of bad publicity lately, avoiding tax et


cetera. This is one where they are saying they are standing up the


rights of the users, and that may play well. People may think,


obviously the US government has a case as well because it is trying to


stop terrorist networks, but there are civil liberties invocations.


Remember the Snowden revelations, they seem to suggest that these tech


companies were giving all sorts of rights of access to people's private


data that people didn't know about, and tech companies were stunned by


that. I think we are seeing a reaction to that, realising how


toxic it is in trying to change the perception. The reason encryption


and making things more secure is because there are criminals out


there desperate to hack into everything we have. It will be


interesting to see how this plays out, because authorities on both


sides of the Atlantic want to be able to compel tech companies to


give them the key, and we have not yet seen a mechanism legally for


them to do that here, so it will be interesting to see if the US does


that. Big companies throwing their weight around close to other


matters. Then, the Independent, the figures go up and down, but


something a bit definite. Explain this headline. This is about people


from poor backgrounds going to university, and since they


introduced tuition fees there has been a big focus on this. One of the


big fears was that this would stop people from poor backgrounds from


going through. That doesn't seem to have happened up until now, which


suggests a more worrying picture. It says that in the elite


universities, Oxford and Cambridge, etc, many of them have seen the


proportion of poor people getting through fall. Overall it is not


disastrous, but these very elite ones, they are having not such a


good picture. People are wondering whether we are seeing what we


expected happen, but it is definitely a worrying trend. It is


all about social mobility, isn't it? Is it a trend through other


universities and more universities, it would suggest that social


mobility is not doing too well. There is another element of this


story, which is that people from poor backgrounds tend to find places


at middle and lower ranked institutions, so they tend to go to


the lower ranked ones. We don't have a lot of time to talk about this,


families give up meat over health fears. More statistics being thrown


around. This is close to my heart, this story. I am 20 year-long


vegetarian and I have recently eating meat. This is a story about


how increasing numbers of people in Britain are giving up meat on health


fears. This is the latest of a string of stories about scares of


food, in the last few days it has been about sugar. In recent history


it has been fat and salt, but now it is meat. This comes on the heels of


warnings by the World Health Organization recently that processed


meats are definitely cancer-causing, and red meat is probably


carcinogenic. Are you going to go back to vegetarianism? I have never


been a veggie, what is interesting about this is that 29% have tried to


give up in the last year, which is astonishingly high. People I know


there is nowhere near that many. I wonder if the people they have


surveyed for this are faddy types of people. Thank you very much, that is


it. Up next, Sportsday. Welcome to Sportsday,


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