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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

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

1. If an Arab Winter comes, we will all shiver (Times)

Neither side in Cairo’s bloody violence understands democracy, says David Aaronovitch. Their failure is likely to spill over national borders.

2. Tories heading for victory? Don’t you believe it (Independent)

The economy will still be fragile by 2015, and Labour have cards to play, writes Steve Richards. 

3. Cairo massacre: After today, what Muslim will ever trust the ballot box again? (Independent)

This marks a tragic turning point, from which it will take Egypt years to recover, writes Robert Fisk. 

4. Have the austerians won, or will pragmatists prevail? (Daily Telegraph)

Economics pretends to be an evidence-based science, but it’s really about warring sects, writes Jeremy Warner.

5. The heat is still on Hollande (Financial Times)

To hope ‘something will turn up’ to boost exports is not an elegant posture, says Howard Davies.

6. Bad economic news for Europe is good news for Merkel and Cameron (Guardian)

These figures are proof not of a European recovery, but of the right's ability to exploit grim times in a way that eludes the left, writes Martin Kettle.

7. China is key to saving endangered species (Financial Times)

Cracking down on the illicit animal trade would help Beijing to boost its soft power, writes David Pilling.

8. Fracking v renewables? This is dumb electioneering dressed up as policy (Guardian)

Britain's energy future, an issue fraught with complexity, is presented as a mere binary choice, writes Zoe Williams.

9. Why does the BBC sneer about Britain's recovery but go crazy if Euroland's corpse so much as twitches? (Daily Mail)

The BBC may be unable to see it, but the British economy appears at last to be stirring into action, writes Stephen Glover. 

10. Britain’s foreign legion of missing voters (Daily Telegraph)

The search is on for five million expats whose ballots could be vital in a close contest, writes Sue Cameron. 

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