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

1. The Eurosceptic case for saving the euro (Times)

The crisis in the eurozone is too good an opportunity for Eurosceptics to waste, writes the Tory backbencher John Redwood. In return for helping the single currency to survive, Britain should ask for the repatriation of employment and social powers.

2. Murdoch has to become an elitist (Financial Times)

If Rupert Murdoch's plan to charge readers for online news is to succeed, his titles will have to become more specialist, offering rarer data and information, says John Gapper.

3. Jamaica bleeds for our "war on drugs" (Guardian)

The tragic violence in Jamaica is symptomatic of the failure of the US-led "war on drugs", argues Ben Bowling. The international community must rethink its entire approach if it is to build a lasting peace.

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4. A return to tribalism won't help Labour (Independent)

Labour is showing all too many signs of taking its narrow escape as an endorsement of politics as usual, writes John Rentoul.

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5. Lord, make Labour relevant. But not yet . . . (Times)

Elsewhere, David Aaronovitch says that the danger to Labour is not of madness, but of irrelevance. The leadership election should be about having something important to say.

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6. Voters wanted this harmony, but British politics could turn nasty quickly (Daily Telegraph)

For now, the nation is enthused by its new government and by the spectacle of politicians working together, writes Benedict Brogan. But the inherent contradictions of the coalition and the need for greater legislative detail could soon change this.

7. Cameron's cuts and crisis in the eurozone spell disaster (Guardian)

Plans for "austerity cuts" in Britain and across Europe risk years of economic stagnation and slump, says Seumas Milne.

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8. Cameron's European opportunity (Independent)

Suggesting a possible Nixon-in-China moment, John Lichfield explains why David Cameorn could become the Prime Minister who finally reconciles the British people with Europe.

9. Britain's ballooning prison population is a disastrous mess (Times)

In a severe economic crisis, it is folly to have policies that make the prison population higher than necessary, argues Harry Woolf.

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10. The dark side of China's enduring dream (Financial Times)

China's lightning growth should not blind us to appalling conditions in the country's factories, writes David Pilling.

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