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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. Pfizer's takeover of AstraZeneca must be blocked (Guardian)

We can't allow an excellent and strategically important British company to be dismembered by American asset-strippers, says David Sainsbury. 

2. Ed will never have the look of a prime minister (Times)

The real Miliband is not a madcap Marxist but an aloof, awkward intellectual incapable of convincing the voters, writes Philip Collins. 

3. Putin could drive an army through the gaps in Britain's defences (Daily Telegraph)

Events in Ukraine show why David Cameron cannot afford to run down our military capability, says Fraser Nelson. 

4. University economics teaching isn't an education: it's a £9,000 lobotomy (Guardian)

Economics took a battering after the financial crisis, but faculties are refusing to teach alternative views, writes Aditya Chakrabortty. It's as if there's only one way to run an economy.

5. Why the Tories dread another five years of Clegg (Daily Telegraph)

Conservatives and Lib Dems are bickering ahead of next year's general election, but what if they have to work together again afterwards, asks Isabel Hardman. 

6. The NHS is on the brink: can it survive till May 2015? (Guardian)

Jeremy Hunt's main task is to keep the health service out of the news until the election, writes Polly Toynbee. Tories are praying he succeeds.

7. AstraZeneca is more than investors’ call (Financial Times)

Shareholders build diversified portfolios to avoid risk, writes Martin Wolf. Employees are far more exposed.

8. Nobody can call Ukip a racist party now (Times)

Attacks from the left and right are unfounded, says Nigel Farage. Ethnic minority voters are flocking to us.

9. The tradition of philanthropy has seemingly died out in the UK (Independent)

The advent of the welfare state was viewed incorrectly as lessening the need for charity, writes Chris Blackhurst. 

10. German angst turns Europe back to Yalta (Financial Times)

Following events in Ukraine, Berlin has to face the sort of choices it has sought to avoid, says Philip Stephens.