Morning Call: pick of the papers

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.

1. Europe must take a leap to get out of the quagmire (Guardian)

There is no Merkellande or Frangela, but François Hollande has shown good political acumen on the eurozone crisis, says Christine Ockrent.

2. A new Europe of competing currencies (Financial Times)

Unused needs and unused hands cannot exist side by side indefinitely, says Samuel Brittan.

3. No social engineering can ever fix our genes (Times) (£)

To improve social mobility we must nurture the poorest in society. But, Philip Collins argues, nature will always hold some people back.

4. If socialists really did run the show, working people would benefit (Independent)

Owen Jones examines the reasons that the word "socialist" has begun to be seen as a swearword.

5. A free Egypt’s first task is to rein in the army (Times) (£)

Heba Fatma Mourayef writes that elections alone don’t mean democracy. Rights for women and religious groups matter too.

6. Sadly Barack Obama, like Mitt Romney, is an apologist for the 1 per cent (Guardian)

It may be to a lesser extend than the Republican candidate, but the US president is a frontman for financial interests, says Mehdi Hasan.

7. Summits that cap the west’s decline (Financial Times)

The rebalancing of power was never going to be easy but the speed of the turnround has been breathtaking, says Philip Stephens.

8. If President Rousseff passes the forest code, it won't be only Brazil that suffers (Guardian)

Brazil has a proud record of protecting the environment, but a bill allowing deforestation would undermine the Rio+20 summit, says Fernando Meirelles.

9. Old Europe should invest in young Africa (Times) (£)

Building roads, power plants and water systems in developing countries can safeguard western jobs and pensions, says Tidjane Thiam.

10. We must defy Strasbourg on prisoner votes (Daily Telegraph)

The judges in Europe have exceeded their authority by trying to overrule British law, write David Davis and Jack Straw.

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Election results in Wales: Labour on course to remain the largest party

Despite a shock victory for Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, Welsh Labour will be able to govern without a coalition.

Labour have posted good results in Wales, where the party remains on course to be the controlling force in the Welsh Assembly.

At the time of writing, Carwyn Jones’ party has 24 of the 40 constituency seats, with Plaid Cymru a distant second on 6 and the Conservatives on 5. Among Labour’s notable holds was Gower, which the party lost narrowly at a Westminster level in the 2015 general election by just 27 votes.

There was a surprise victory for Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood in Rhondda, where she defeated Labour cabinet member Leighton Andrews with a swing of 24 per cent. Speaking about the result, a spokesperson for Welsh Labour said:

“The Rhondda result is a really tough for us – we’ve lost a great Minister and one of the most respected politicians in Wales. Clearly the huge national profile afforded to Leanne Wood has had an impact, and Plaid seem to have won this seat at the cost of making progress anywhere else in Wales.

“The other results so far have been good. In particular where we are fighting the Tories it shows the local campaigns have been successful.”

Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams held on to her seat in Brecon and Radnorshire, while Ukip have yet to win any seats (although they are likely to get a few on the regional list).