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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Britain's economic recovery depends on working with Europe (Guardian)

Instead of obsessing about our relationship with the EU, we should be using our membership to rebuild our economy, says Frances O'Grady.

2. Britain has been nuked. Should we hit back? (Times)

On all nuclear submarines is an unopened letter from the PM, instructing what to do if Britain is attacked, writes Tim Montgomerie.

3. The Swedish shock wave is a lesson. We could have unrest here without action on jobs (Independent)

The evidence from behavioural economics is that people compare themselves to others, writes David Blanchflower. 

4. Sadly, I’m not surprised by these revelations. Westminster is crying out for reform (Daily Telegraph)

Westminster remains a place where power is hoarded, decisions are opaque, and people are not properly held to account, writes Nick Clegg.

5. Hezbollah has been lured into unknown territory in Syria as it wages costly battle for survival (Independent)

The Syrian war is in danger of flipping across into Lebanon, writes Robert Fisk.

6. Obama’s faith in the geek elite (Financial Times)

Self-interest guides the Big Data companies, and the same is often true of the White House, writes Edward Luce.

7. The United States should be in the dock, not Bradley Manning (Independent)

The whistleblower has allowed us to scrutinise the hidden realities of US power, says Owen Jones. 

8. Let voters decide if disgraced MPs can keep their seats (Times)

Even the cosiest of clubs should be able to exclude members, says Sunder Katwala.

9. Why Greek Cypriots need to get serious about peace (Guardian)

With recession and the discovery of gas reserves off the Cyprus coast, deadlock with the north is becoming far less convenient, writes Jonathan Steele. 

10. A project that stands tall with Everest? Look under your feet (Daily Telegraph)

At the next coronation we will be able to celebrate a great feat of British engineering, writes Boris Johnson.

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