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

1. A principled Europe would not leave Greece to bleed (Guardian)

The economist Joseph Stiglitz says that unless it is one rule for the big and powerful and another for the small, the EU must stand behind the new leadership in Athens. European solidarity and democracy are at stake.

2. The crusades of "virtuous" Tony Blair have come back to haunt us all (Daily Telegraph)

The former PM devised policies that splintered our society, argues Mary Riddell. But, for all his folly, Blair had charisma, weight and a social reform agenda.The Blair-lite approach of David Cameron could be even more damaging.

3. Chilcot is a stage for Labour's psychodrama (Times)

Rachel Sylvester agrees that Blair was both hero and villain for his party. This inquiry is not really about Iraq, but about resolving that split personality.

4. Cut now or cut later: the election decider (Independent)

Surely this time voters won't be able to mouth the lazy cliché that "they're all the same", says Steve Richards. David Cameron and George Osborne's calls for cuts rather than fiscal stimulus point to an excessive attachment to Thatcherite orthodoxy.

5. The time to talk to the Taliban is now (Guardian)

The US wants to see its surge bear fruit before negotiations begin. But the Americans may be unwise to wait, says Ahmed Rashid, who sets out steps that should be taken to make these negotiations possible.

6. Tolerant times (Times)

A study of social attitudes suggests Britain is becoming more liberal. The Times leading article asks whether this could be New Labour's legacy -- ironic, given the government's focus on quantifiable targets.

7. Weak questioning gets answers it deserves (Independent)

Simon Carr is unimpressed by the panel at the Chilcot inquiry. If members are unable to stop politicians regurgitating this drivel, he says, they shouldn't be on the committee.

8. When nations turn into hoarders (Financial Times)

Across the world, major powers are moving to secure access to energy, food and, in some cases, water. Gideon Rachman says that the system of globalised trade and open markets is at risk.

9. In the fight for Labour's soul, this is the day of reckoning (Guardian)

Polly Toynbee discusses electoral reform. Will it be the old tribalists or the dynamic pluralists who carry the day? In the short time before May, Labour can still do one important thing: let people choose a fairer voting system.

10. The Edlington boys are not beyond redemption (Times)

This is a politicised moment for our discussion of the family, says David Aaronovitch. We treat child-raising as a matter of intense privacy for ourselves, but of overt public interest when it comes to others.


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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.



In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.