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Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | 11/06/2014

Martin Schulz's silly idea to blame

Martin Schulz, hitherto president of the EU Parliament, bears the blame for the continuing struggle over the post of EU Commission president, the liberal-conservative daily Tagesspiegel believes, since it was his idea to give the Parliament a key role in naming the Commission president: "Does Martin Schulz at least feel pangs of remorse? ... Even those who at first supported him are now having second thoughts. The bold idea of giving the EU Parliament a decisive say on who becomes Commission president even though the European treaties stipulate nothing of the sort works only to Europe's disadvantage. ... This struggle that Schulz has wantonly imposed on the EU comes at a very unfavourable time. The profound economic crisis is not yet over, and the outcome of Russia's war against the EU accession candidate Ukraine is anything but certain. This dispute will hardly improve people's opinion of the European Parliament."

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | 13/11/2013

EU issues too complex for referendums

The idea of holding referendums on European policy decisions is under discussion in the current coalition negotiations between Germany's conservative CDU/CSU and social democratic SPD. Not a good idea, the liberal daily Tagesspiegel writes: "Citizens are best at judging what's happening on their own doorstep. The farther away and more complex events are, the more difficult it is to form a judgement. ... Seriously: can we expect normal citizens to judge whether and how the euro can be rescued? Or to cast a well-considered  vote on whether a new EU member is more beneficial or more detrimental on the long term? It sounds as if politicians want to shift responsibility for difficult and unpopular decisions to the people. ... Those who want more direct democracy would do best to start with issues close to home. Referendums on the electricity supply and prices - yes! But for the foreseeable future Europe will remain so distant and so complex that it's better to leave decisions regarding it to elected representatives and their expert advisers."

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | 27/02/2013

Kerry can boost Europe's image in US

The new US Secretary of State John Kerry kicked off his visit to Europe in London on Monday. That may not change the fact that the US gives priority to the Asian Pacific Region, but Kerry can help bring about a policy realignment, the liberal daily Tagesspiegel writes: "Thanks to his personal interest and knowledge, Kerry can help correct misperceptions. Many Americans overestimate Asia and underestimate the significance of Europe. Most of them have heard about the dynamism and growth rates in the Pacific Region. But few know that the exchange of goods, services and investments over the Atlantic is far larger than over the Pacific, or that more jobs hang in the balance. ... Kerry is making his inaugural visit at a time that for various reasons offers a chance of readjusting American's view of Asia and Europe. In Asia the prospects are dwindling and the risks are growing. Growth rates are sinking, border disputes and inner conflicts in the states are increasing. In Europe the trend is just the opposite. ... Kerry can do much to bring this message home to Americans."

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | 23/03/2010

Obama can once more tend to global issues

After 14 months of tussling US President Obama has pushed through his key domestic policy aim of health coverage for all US citizens. Obama's victory will also influence his foreign policy, prophesies the daily Der Tagesspiegel: "Now he can focus more on the tasks that lay idle during his fight for healthcare reform. That doesn't mean that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu will come around to his point of view tomorrow or that Iran will give up its nuclear programme. In general Obama is and remains a domestic policy president. ... But he will be more present, do more to obtain tougher sanctions against Tehran and rekindle the Start treaty negotiations with Russia so that soon he'll be able to announce his next historic victory: the reduction of strategic nuclear arms by one third. ... But events also show that victory has its price: bitter compromises, procedural tricks and hate-filled protests by the Right that have once more created a rift in American society. And these will continue. ... Granted, from a historical perspective such hateful aspects are only footnotes. Obama's presidency is now on a firm foothold. Yes, he can!"

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | 18/08/2009

Obama is pragmatic

With his willingness to compromise on the healthcare reform US President Barack Obama is demonstrating the necessary pragmatism, the liberal daily Der Tagesspiegel writes: "Gradually the US is turning even that exceptional politician, Barack Obama, into a true American. He, too, will fail to win a majority for the introduction of universal healthcare, even though his approach is cleverer than that of the Clintons 15 years ago. … Obama knows what he can and can't expect of his nation. There will be a healthcare reform but the option that ends up gaining a majority will bear little similarity to what he promised in the election campaign. It has long ceased to be about those who are uninsured. They amount to only 15 percent of the population and 10 percent of the electorate. The priority now is the freedom of choice of the insured. And the way Americans see it that freedom consists among other things in the right to pay too much for comparatively inferior healthcare."

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