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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

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1. Yulia Tymoshenko is Europe's Aung San Suu Kyi (Guardian)

Ukraine's still-Stalinist judiciary was used to destroy the former prime minister, writes Geoffrey Robertson. Now the United Nations will hear of her plight.

2. A slow convalescence under Obama (Financial Times)

The US economy has not performed badly, but recovery could have been stronger, says Martin Wolf.

3. It was the culture of neglect that allowed Jimmy Savile to flourish (Daily Telegraph)

The torpor of those in authority – at the BBC and elsewhere – has left countless victims, says Mary Riddell.

4. The battle between the Police Federation and the government on police reform rages on (Daily Mail)

The rum bunch who will make up the ranks of the new commissioners could hardly be taking their posts at a worse time, writes Simon Heffer.

5. Blame Nixon & Co for today’s deadlocked US (Times) (£)

The outrageous campaigning of 1972 set the tone for partisan politics, which now hobbles every President, says Daniel Finkelstein.

6. We could win the battle for the EU budget but lose the war (Independent)

We have an interesting and strong hand of cards to play, but we need to play them thoughtfully as well as forcefully, writes Hamish McRae.

7. US rivals fall prey to China syndrome (Financial Times)

Beijing-bashing by Obama and Romney is a cause for concern, says an FT editorial.

8. Boris proves the power of this police reform (Daily Telegraph)

Police and crime commissioners will ensure that the public will be connected with their force, argues Nick Herbert.

9. Americans would also gain from scaling back the empire (Guardian)

The presidential foreign policy debate showed how close the candidates were – and how far from their own public opinion, writes Seumas Milne.

10. I’ll happily wager Russians will have a new capital by mid-century (Independent)

Moscow's time is running out - St Petersburg's renovation has brought the city a renewed sense of dignity and civic pride, says Mary Dejevsky.