Newspaper review: Cyprus crisis moves to catastrophe

Sunday newspapers

All eyes are on the high stakes game of financial and geopolitical brinkmanship over Cyprus that will reach a climax later, the Sunday Times declares.

The world is waiting for a solution to a crisis that has spooked the markets and is undermining confidence.

In the Observer's words, zero hour is approaching. But how did the fate of such a tiny country become so crucial to so many? the Telegraph asks.

For the Sunday Times, the answer is lousy economics, lousy regulation and lousy politics. The paper believes the levy on bank deposits has turned a crisis into a catastrophe.

Save for donning ski masks and threatening them at gunpoint, the Express says, the Cypriot government could not have done much more to enrage and alienate the country's population.

Press freedom

The future of press freedom in Britain is an issue of widespread concern, after the agreement between the main Westminster parties on regulating newspapers and magazines.

In the Mail on Sunday's view, the country is now the embarrassed object of unwelcome sympathy from defenders of press freedom in places as far apart as Moscow and Washington.

The Sunday Mirror warns that Britain is sleep-walking into the loss of a critical freedom.

Prime Minister David Cameron's announcement, in a speech on Monday, that migrants will have to spend at least two years in the UK before they can qualify for social housing, is widely reported.

The Express says for too long, voters have been ignored or belittled for expressing fears about unchecked immigration pushing public services to breaking point.

The Sun says that if the promise is coupled with similar curbs on NHS access and benefits, it might just make the freeloaders think twice before they get on a plane or ferry.

Arts world

The Observer asks why is it mostly men running Britain's leading cultural institutions?.

Across two pages of pictures of those at the top of the arts world, only a handful are women. Why should that be the case and does it matter? the paper asks.

It matters, the Observer says, because a diverse society should see itself mirrored in all aspects of its public life. It also matters because women have different styles of talent spotting and leadership.

It points out that it took a female head of BBC Two to spot the age-resistant abilities of Mary Beard, Mary Berry and Amanda Vickery

Weather woes

Then there's the weather - a big talking point not least because of what the Express calls the freak spring snow - and snowy scenes feature widely.

The Telegraph has a picture of cars buried in snowdrifts, and the headline, "Winter bites back".

Alongside a picture of a man shovelling snow, the Independent on Sunday takes it upon itself to make an apology on behalf of spring: "British Weather would like to apologise for the late running of this season".

The Mail on Sunday leads on the snow and freezing temperatures. Its headline poses a question being asked across the country: "When will it ever end?"

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