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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. Divisions exist but a sense of Ukrainian national identity is still strong (Independent)

It’s too simple to describe this crisis as a case of east vs west, says Mary Dejevsky. 

2. Salmond offers the independence of a granny flat (Guardian)

It would be a strange sort of freedom in which all the decisions that matter are made in London, writes Larry Elliott. 

3. What the hell is Barack Obama's presidency for? (Guardian)

His ascent to power had meaning, but now his interventions are too rare and too piecemeal to constitute a narrative, writes Gary Younge.

4. Even Henry VIII could afford sea defences (Times)

The money available from the Treasury for river and coastal projects is completely inadequate, says Ross Clark. 

5. Protesters in Ukraine remind us of the priceless benefits of being EU members (Guardian)

Demonstrators in Kiev are fighting for the things European Union countries take for granted – freedom, democracy and peace, says Chris Huhne.

6. Europe cannot ignore deflation problem (Financial Times)

The ECB sees the evidence but its economic models ignore financial markets, writes Wolfgang Münchau.

7. Only Britain can make the North Sea pay (Daily Telegraph)

David Cameron has a valuable Scottish ally to support the case he will make in Aberdeen on Monday, writes Allan Massie. 

8. The north is still not feeling this recovery – and the Conservatives are likely to pay for that at the polls (Independent)

There has been little pick-up recently in house price to earnings ratios, writes David Blanchflower. 

9. Russia needs a ‘Finland option’ for Ukraine (Financial Times)

Kiev must have no participation in any anti-Moscow alliance, writes Zbigniew Brzezinski.

10. We’re not the bad boys of Europe – just ask our ski instructors (Daily Telegraph)

As the most law-abiding of countries, it’s time we insisted others reform their abuses, says Boris Johnson.