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Tunisians, Egyptians and Libyans have shaken off their rulers and a civil war is raging in Syria. What are the chances of these countries becoming democratic, and what role can the West play?



Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, 20. February 2013

No one rescuing Tunisia from crisis

Tunisia's Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali announced his resignation on Tuesday after failing to put together a government of technocrats. This puts paid to all hopes of the governmental crisis being resolved quickly, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera fears: » more


Main focus of Friday, 8. February 2013

Assassination leads to unrest in Tunisia

The assasination of opposition politician Chokri Belaid has triggered protests, some of them violent, against the government of the Islamist Ennahda party. Commentators say the ... » more


La Stampa - Italy | Friday, 8. February 2013

Arab Spring will bear fruit eventually

Tunisia's ruling party Ennahda rejected Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali's initiative for dissolving the government and forming a cabinet of technocrats on Thursday. Jebali's proposal can nonetheless be seen as a positive sight, the liberal daily La Stampa : » more


La République des Pyrénées - France | Friday, 8. February 2013

Tunisia a laboratory of democracy

Tunisia is the democratic laboratory of the Arab World, the regional paper La République des Pyrénées writes: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 8. February 2013

Tunisians call for second revolution

The huge frustration of the citizens of Tunisia is understandable given that the legacy of the country's past poses a great obstacle to political change, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung contends: » more


Die Presse - Austria | Friday, 8. February 2013

North Africa's new rulers put to the test

Whether the new rulers in Tunisia and Egypt will be able to ensure democratic stability depends on their economic policies, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse argues: » more


El País - Spain | Thursday, 7. February 2013

Tunisia must save its democracy

Chokri Belaid, the leader of the left-wing opposition in Tunisia, was shot dead on Wednesday morning as he left his home. The Islamist government must now move quickly to save democracy in the country, the left-liberal daily El País urges: » more


Público - Portugal | Wednesday, 6. February 2013

Uncertain rapprochement between Egypt and Iran

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday became the first Iranian head of state to set foot on Egyptian soil for the last 30 years. However what form increased cooperation between the two countries could take remains uncertain, the liberal daily Público comments: » more


De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Thursday, 3. January 2013

Arab Spring dies in Syria

The civil war in Syria has claimed the lives of 60,000 people, according to a UN report published on Wednesday. That is a far greater number of victims than had so far been assumed. A terrible reality, columnist Bert Wagendorp writes in the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, 19. December 2012

The year of the Arab counter-revolution

The past year was marked by the violent oppression of the Arab Spring of 2011, French philosopher André Glucksmann writes in the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera citing Syria as an example: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Saturday, 8. December 2012

The West must bring Mursi into line

After several days of protest Egypt's president Mohammed Mursi announced on Sunday that he would withdraw a decree giving him special powers but he is sticking to his plan of holding a referendum on an Islamist-leaning draft constitution. The West should exert more pressure on the president, the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung urges: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 7. December 2012

Mursi a failure as president

Egypt's President Mohammed Mursi has proved unable to rule his country, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes, fearing that the army may return to fill the void: » more


La Stampa - Italy | Friday, 7. December 2012

Power struggle tempting chance for military

The fact that the military has intervened in Egypt's power struggle for the first time worries the liberal daily La Stampa: » more


Die Presse - Austria | Friday, 7. December 2012

West must support secular Egyptians

The West must support the secular camp in Egypt, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse demands in view of the clashes between Mursi's supporters and detractors: » more


Público - Portugal | Thursday, 6. December 2012

The revolution is not over yet

The political conflict in Egypt goes beyond a simple confrontation between the supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and the old regime, the liberal daily Público points out: » more


Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Thursday, 6. December 2012

Egypt still a far cry from democracy

The escalation of the protests in Cairo shows that Egypt has not yet managed to cast off its dictatorial past, writes the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza: » more


Die Zeit - Germany | Wednesday, 5. December 2012

Only a calm call for freedom can help

Mursi's method - a well-organised party administrates an authoritarian democracy - could set a precedent for the entire region, the liberal weekly Die Zeit warns, urging Europe to act with caution: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Sunday, 2. December 2012

Mursi's course threatens economy

President Mursi's political course could bring about Egypt's economic collapse, the liberal-conservative business paper Il Sole 24 Ore fears: » more


Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung - Germany | Sunday, 2. December 2012

The people have lost out

The current conflict in Egypt demonstrates that the Islamists are the true winners of the revolution, the conservative Sunday paper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung writes. "Two ... » more


Göteborgs-Posten - Sweden | Monday, 3. December 2012

Mursi playing with fire

Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi is playing with fire in the current internal political crisis, the liberal daily Göteborgs-Posten admonishes: » more


Die Zeit - Germany | Friday, 30. November 2012

Mursi and his opponents must draw closer

Two important Egyptian courts stopped work on Thursday in a bid to move President Mohammed Mursi to repeal his controversial decrees. Several judges accused him of disempowering the judiciary. The president, the judiciary and the opposition should work together to prevent an escalation of the conflict, the online edition of the liberal daily Die Zeit advises: » more


NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Thursday, 29. November 2012

Mursi's decrees divide Egypt

Hundreds of thousands of protesters demonstrated once again on Wednesday against the extension of President Mohammed Mursi's powers. If he doesn't withdraw his decrees he risks dividing the country, the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad warns: » more


Die Welt - Germany | Wednesday, 28. November 2012

The West must stop autocratic Mursi

Hundreds of thousands of protesters have been demonstrating against President Mursi on Cairo's Tahrir Square since Tuesday, and one man has been killed in clashes with the police. The West must help curb Mursi's authoritarian tendencies, the conservative daily Die Welt demands: » more


Kurier - Austria | Monday, 26. November 2012

The US will even back autocratic Mursi

Protests against Mohammed Mursi spread in Egypt over the weekend. On Wednesday the president passed several decrees making his decisions legally unassailable. The opposition will not be able to achieve much here, the liberal daily Kurier fears, particularly since the US is giving Mursi its support: » more


24 Chasa - Bulgaria | Thursday, 11. October 2012

For Mohammed Khalaf political Islamism has no chance in the long term

The Islamist parties and movements that came to power after the Arab Spring will sooner or later be rejected by the Arab populations, the Bulgarian journalist and Islam expert Mohammed Khalaf writes in the daily 24 Chasa: » more


Simerini - Cyprus | Tuesday, 25. September 2012

Cyprus as regional player in Middle East

The Republic of Cyprus, which currently holds the presidency of the EU Council, could play a mediating role in the crises in the Middle East and Syria owing to its strategic position, the conservative daily Simerini writes: » more


The European - Germany | Tuesday, 25. September 2012

Resistance to hate preachers grows

The controversial Mohammed video has sparked a wave of violence across the world, with radical Islamists now calling for its makers and others to be killed. But civil resistance against the hate preachers is growing, writes Middle East correspondent Jörg Armbruster in the opinion magazine The European: » more


Alfa - Lithuania | Thursday, 20. September 2012

Arab Spring not dead

International media have begun to prophesy the death of the Arab Spring in the wake of protests in Muslim countries against the US-produced anti-Islam film. The portal Alfa disagrees: » more


De Tijd - Belgium | Monday, 17. September 2012

The West must not renounce freedom of opinion

The US has urged Google to remove the anti-Islam film "The Innocence of Musims", which sparked protests in the Muslim world, from the video platform Youtube. The business paper De Tijd disapproves: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 17. September 2012

The Islamic world's difficult self-discovery

The attacks against Western diplomatic posts are symptomatic of the process of self-discovery taking place in many Muslim countries and are not really directed against the Western lifestyle, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung contends: » more


Dnevnik - Slovenia | Monday, 17. September 2012

Clash of cultures insuperable for now

Even if the violent protests in the Middle East have calmed somewhat, the threat of further conflicts is ever-present, the left-liberal daily Dnevnik fears: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 17. September 2012

New enemies, old protests

The dynamic of the protests triggered by an anti-Islam amateur film remind the left-liberal daily Der Standard of the revolutions of the Arab Spring: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Friday, 14. September 2012

Violence in North Africa weakens the US

Several people have been killed during violent protests at US diplomatic posts in Islamic countries in recent days, among them the US ambassador to Libya. ... » more


Kaleva - Finland | Friday, 14. September 2012

Belief versus freedom of opinion

The attacks against US diplomatic posts in reaction to a film that is supposedly critical of Islam demonstrates once again the major differences in values between Western and Islamic countries, the liberal daily Kaleva notes: » more


Politiken - Denmark | Thursday, 6. September 2012

Bahrain merciless towards freedom fighters

A court in Bahrain on Tuesday upheld life sentences against seven members of the opposition, including the Bahraini-Danish former chairman of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who was arrested when the Shiite protest movent was crushed last year. The left-liberal daily Politiken is incensed: » more


Main focus of Tuesday, 14. August 2012

Mursi disempowers military

Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Mursi on Sunday disempowered the army leadership and conferred new powers upon himself. While the move has met with approval among ... » more


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 14. August 2012

Mursi makes room for democracy

The disempowerment of Egypt's top military commanders by the new President Mohammed Mursi is an important step toward democracy, although the new political appointments also include military and religious figures, writes the conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: » more


Die Presse - Austria | Tuesday, 14. August 2012

Dangerous power gain for Islamists

That Egypt's new President Mohammed Mursi has managed to divide the army and involve members of the military council in its own loss of power opens the door for the country to be converted into an Islamist state, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse fears: » more


Savon Sanomat - Finland | Tuesday, 14. August 2012

Victory over military raises power issue anew

Now that Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Mursi has disempowered the army leadership and strengthened his own position in in doing so, it will become clear who really wields the power in the country, the liberal daily Savon Sanomat comments: » more


Die Presse - Austria | Monday, 13. August 2012

Mursi's bold step for a civilian-run Egypt

In a surprise move, Egypt's President Mohammed Mursi on Sunday demanded the resignation of the head of the military council and Defence Minister Hussein Tantawi, as well as that of army Chief of Staff Sami Anan. Mursi's attempt to consolidate political power over the military council is risky but correct, writes the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Friday, 10. August 2012

Libya's provisional council leaves many problems

Almost one year after the fall of Muammar al-Gaddafi, Lybia's National Transitional Council has officially transferred power to the National Congress, the country's first freely-elected parliament. The liberal conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung gives a generally positive assessment of the Transitional Council: » more


De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Friday, 13. July 2012

Hope for democracy in Libya

According to the preliminary figures released on Thursday, the liberal National Forces Alliance received significantly more votes than the Islamic parties in Libya's first free elections, writes the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: » more


NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Tuesday, 10. July 2012

Mursi must be savvy to get better of military

Egypt's new President Mohammed Mursi has convened for today a meeting of the parliament that the military council dissolved in June. The liberal daily NRC Handelsblad sees this a countercoup on Mursi's part: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Monday, 9. July 2012

Libya's government must respect regional interests

Libya's first free elections were held on Saturday, roughly nine months after the fall of dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi. It looks like the liberal alliance of the head of the transition government, Mahmoud Jibril, is clearly in the lead. The new government must bring the federalists in the east of the country on board, writes the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung: » more


Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Friday, 6. July 2012

Elections in Libya encouraging

Nine months after the death of the dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi Libya will elect a new parliament on Saturday. The liberal daily Dagens Nyheter hopes the elections will produce a positive outcome towards democracy: » more


Le Soir - Belgium | Monday, 25. June 2012

Presidential election a farce

The moderate Islamist Mohammed Mursi is Egypt's first freely elected president. However the daily Le Soir does not see the presidential elections as a victory for democracy: » more


The Independent - United Kingdom | Monday, 25. June 2012

Mursi must reform the economy

After winning the presidential elections Mohammed Mursi must now above all rebuild the country's economy which suffered greatly during the Arab Spring, writes the left-liberal daily The Independent: » more


Die Presse - Austria | Monday, 25. June 2012

Military still pulls the strings

The Muslim Brother Mohammed Mursi has become Egypt's new president. But in the background the military continues to pull the strings, which may be a good thing for the non-religious forces in the country for the time being, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse notes: » more


De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Friday, 22. June 2012

West must help Egypt's democracy

In Egypt, the electoral commission has postponed for an indefinite period the announcement of the results of the presidential election scheduled for this Thursday owing to numerous complaints. The Military Council had already expanded its own powers last Sunday while the run-off vote was taking place. The country is experiencing a covert military coup, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant warns: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Thursday, 21. June 2012

Army leaves country uncertain about Mubarak

According to media reports, the former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is wrestling with death. The country's Supreme Military Council refuted reports that he has already been declared clinically dead. At the same time the announcement of the final result of the presidential election was postponed. Keeping the country in a state of uncertainty may be a strategy employed by the Military Council, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera speculates: » more


The Irish Times - Ireland | Thursday, 21. June 2012

Egyptians must be patient in democratising

The electoral commission in Egypt has still not presented the final results of the presidential elections that took place on the weekend. And last week, constitutional judges dissolved the parliament owing to irregularities in its election in last winter. The country will eventually realise its democratic potential but the Egyptians must be patient, writes the left-liberal daily The Irish Times: » more


La Stampa - Italy | Tuesday, 19. June 2012

Obama plays up to Putin over Syria conflict

At the G20 summit in Mexico US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin called in a joint declaration for an end to the bloodshed in Syria. Obama has understood that the best strategy in the dispute over how to react to Damascus is to show Putin his appreciation of Russia's role, writes the liberal daily La Stampa: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 18. June 2012

Military remains in power in Egypt

The moderate Islamist Mohamed Morsi on Monday declared himself the winner of Egypt's first free presidential elections, only to be contradicted by his rival Ahmed Shafik. But regardless of who the winner is, the true power will remain in the hands of the military, the left-liberal daily Der Standard writes: » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Sunday, 17. June 2012

Timothy Garton Ash calls for more pressure on Moscow in Syria conflict

The UN observers' mission in Syria is about to end its work in the country owing to the escalating violence in the country. The West must skilfully increase pressure on Moscow, which so far has successfully hindered a UN resolution, writes historian Timothy Garton Ash in the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: » more


Le Figaro - France | Thursday, 14. June 2012

Egypt endangers Arab Spring

Egypt's constitutional court on Thursday declared the results of last winter's parliamentary elections partially invalid owing to irregularities, while giving the green light for Ahmed Shafik, ex-head of government under Hosni Mubarak, to run as a candidate in this weekend's runoff vote for the office of president. The military's quest for power is endangering the entire Arab Spring, the conservative daily Le Figaro fears: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Wednesday, 13. June 2012

Assad plunging Syria into civil war

According to UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Hervé Ladsous, the 15-month uprising in Syria has now turned into a full-blown civil war. Syria is sinking into savagery while the international community looks on passively, complains the liberal-conservative business paper Il Sole 24 Ore: » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Tuesday, 12. June 2012

Thomas L. Friedman on the limits of the Egyptian Facebook revolution

The presidential run-off vote in Egypt, in which a Muslim Brother and a representative of the Mubarak regime will compete for the office, will take place on June 16 and 17. A sobering moment for activists of the Facebook revolution, writes the US journalist Thomas L. Friedman in a commentary for the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: » more


El País - Spain | Tuesday, 12. June 2012

Henry Kissinger warns against military intervention in Syria

Faced with ongoing fighting in Syria the international community is discussing how to react to the conflict. In an article published in the left-liberal daily El País former US secretary of state Henry A. Kissinger warns against military intervention in the country: » more


Die Presse - Austria | Monday, 11. June 2012

Military strike in Syria the last option

Fighting in Syria between the rebels and troops of the Assad regime resulted once more in dozens of deaths over the weekend. Now that Kofi Annan's peace plan has turned out to be a waste of time the West's only alternative is military intervention, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse writes: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Monday, 4. June 2012

Mubarak verdict helps Muslim Brother

In Egypt, the verdict condemning former president Hosni Mubarak to life imprisonment and the acquittal of several police officers have triggered angry protests. This will work to the advantage of the Muslim Brotherhood's contender Mohammed Mursi in the second round of the presidential election, writes the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung: » more


Der Spiegel - Germany | Sunday, 3. June 2012

Ullrich Fichtner has no faith in a military mission in Syria

The EU wants to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to approve sanctions against Syria at the EU-Russia summit in St. Petersburg today, Monday. But there can be no talk of a military intervention, writes the journalist Ullrich Fichtner in the weekly magazine Der Spiegel: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 31. May 2012

Hollande's initiative naive and calculating

Now that French Presient François Hollande no longer rules out the option of military intervention in Syria, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung defends Germany's more ... » more


Le Figaro - France | Wednesday, 30. May 2012

Hollande must win over Putin

Russian President Putin is a key figure for the French President because with Moscow's consent François Hollande could bring about a change of regime in Damascus, the conservative daily Le Figaro writes: » more


Helsingin Sanomat - Finland | Thursday, 31. May 2012

Intervention out of the question

Military intervention in Syria remains out of the question even after the statement by François Hollande and despite the fact that international pressure has had ... » more


Berlingske - Denmark | Thursday, 31. May 2012

Military must protect civilian population

After the massacre in Houla and news of further victims in Syria the conservative daily Berlingske hopes Russia and China will relent, and calls for military intervention to protect the civilian population: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 30. May 2012

Egyptians believe in political change

What at first glance seems to be a crushing result in the presidential election is in fact testimony to the freedom the Egyptians have attained, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung contends: » more


Le Temps - Switzerland | Wednesday, 30. May 2012

Military mission in Syria too risky

Following the massacre in Houla French President François Hollande is no longer excluding the possibility of military intervention in the country. But such a mission is far too risky, writes the daily Le Temps: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, 30. May 2012

Military has firm grip on the country

The fate of Egypt lies above all in the hands of the generals, writes the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more


Delfi - Latvia | Tuesday, 29. May 2012

Egypt's failed revolution

Many Egyptians are simply not ready for democracy, writes the web portal Delfi: » more


Aamulehti - Finland | Wednesday, 30. May 2012

Democratic development in danger

The first round of the presidential elections has disappointed many Egyptians and cast a pall over the country's democratic development, the liberal daily Aamulehti writes: » more


Main focus of Tuesday, 29. May 2012

Shock over massacre in Syria

UN Security Council harshly condemned the massacre in the Syrian town of Houla on Monday. The Assad regime is reportedly responsible for the massacre on ... » more


Trouw - Netherlands | Tuesday, 29. May 2012

Egypt to chose between rock and hard place

The representative of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Mursi, and the last prime minister to serve under Hosni Mubarak's rule, Ahmed Schafik, will face each other in the run-up vote for the Egyptian presidency on June 16 and 17. They each obtained roughly a quarter of the vote in the first round of the election, which had a turnout of just 46 percent. This highlights how little support they have among the people, writes the Christian-social daily Trouw: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Monday, 28. May 2012

West lacks plan for Syria

The international community is simply unable to find a solution to the conflict in Syria, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung writes with an eye to the massacre in Houla: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Tuesday, 29. May 2012

UN fails as it did in Srebrenica

The UN failed to do its job during the massacre in Houla, the left-liberal daily Delo writes, and draws parallels with the » more


Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Friday, 25. May 2012

Egypt has learned first lesson in democracy

The counting of the votes has started in Egypt after the presidential elections. The country has taken a big step in the direction of democracy, praises the left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau: » more


Le Temps - Switzerland | Wednesday, 23. May 2012

Egyptians elect their future on their own now

Egypt holds its first free presidential election this Wednesday. Despite the chaos in the country this is a hugely significant event, writes the left-liberal daily Le Temps: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Friday, 11. May 2012

West powerless in Syria

After a bomb attack that left at least 70 dead in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Thursday, the UN Security Council has called for the implementation of special envoy Kofí Annan's peace plan. But this appeal only highlights the West's impotence, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera writes: » more


Die Presse - Austria | Tuesday, 24. April 2012

Cutting gas supplies for Israel just a diversion

Egypt's state-owned gas company EGAS announced on Sunday that it is terminating its agreement to supply Israel with natural gas. The decision has been greeted enthusiastically by the Egyptians, but the country needs to focus on its own problems, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse warns: » more


The Guardian - United Kingdom | Friday, 20. April 2012

Egyptians still have no real choice

The electoral commission in Egypt has reiterated its decision to exclude ten candidates from the presidential election. This puts popular candidates out of the running, including the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, ex-secret service boss Omar Suleiman, and the radical Islamist preacher Hasem Abu Ismail. Egypt's revolution is far from over, Egyptian-born journalist Mona Eltahawy comments in the left-liberal daily The Guardian: » more


Main focus of Friday, 13. April 2012

Fragile ceasefire in Syria

The ceasefire that went into effect in Syria on Thursday has held so far despite widespread doubts that it could succeed. It is part of ... » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Thursday, 12. April 2012

Formula 1 circus ignores human rights

The controversial Formula 1 race in Bahrain won't be called off despite the unrest in the country, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) announced today, Friday. There had been numerous calls for the race to be cancelled from organisations like Amnesty International. The whole discussion is just about money, not human rights, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera points out: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 11. April 2012

Syria's false friends fueling conflict

If peace still eludes Syria it is due to its false friends, writes the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung: » more


Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Wednesday, 11. April 2012

Military chiefs could give coup de grâce

Because so far all diplomatic negotiations have failed the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino hopes that Assad's regime will simply self-destruct: » more


Die Presse - Austria | Wednesday, 11. April 2012

Protection zone for Syrian population

Since no solution to the devastating Syrian conflict is currently in sight, protecting the civilian population must take top priority, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse demands: » more


The Guardian - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 10. April 2012

Nato must end Syria conflict

The Nato states must intervene more decisively in the Syria conflict before it spreads any further, the left-liberal daily The Gurdian urges: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Tuesday, 10. April 2012

Egypt's revolutionaries without a future

In a surprise move, the long-standing secret service boss and temporary vice-president of the Mubarak regime, Omar Suleiman, declared his candidacy in the Egyptian presidential elections slated to begin on May 23 just before the deadline runs out on Friday. The only people who aren't running in the elections are those who launched the Egyptian revolution in the first place, the business paper Il Sole 24 Ore complains: » more


Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Monday, 9. April 2012

Damascus just wants to buy time

Syrian troops are to withdraw from militarily contested cities today, Tuesday, in line with the peace plan mediated by UN special envoy Kofi Annan. However President Bashar al-Assad has stipulated that the opposition must give written guarantees that it will refrain from any more violence as a condition for his troops' withdrawal. This comes as no surprise, writes the daily Diário de Notícias: » more


Avvenire - Italy | Tuesday, 3. April 2012

Egyptian Muslim Brothers' double-dealing

Contrary to previous announcements Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood nominated its own candidate for the presidential election slated for the end of May, which has provoked protest from the constituent assembly, with all 24 representatives of the secular parties and the Copts declaring a boycott against the assembly. The Catholic daily Avvenire fears that the Muslim Brothers will continue their double-dealing: » more


Turun Sanomat - Finland | Tuesday, 3. April 2012

Financing Syrian rebels is dangerous

According to media reports Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States plan to supply the rebels in Syria with 74.9 million euros in funding for the coming three months. The liberal daily Turun Sanomat fears that the conflict could spread as a result: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Sunday, 1. April 2012

Henry Kissinger on the importance of US national security

The Arab Spring has forced the US to redefine its foreign policy, with the danger that the country's national security could be pushed into the background, writes US political scientist Henry Kissinger in a commentary published in the business paper Il Sole 24 Ore: » more


De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Friday, 30. March 2012

Europe doesn't want to see refugees

The Council of Europe accused Italy, Nato and Libya of being responsible for the death of 63 refugees on a boat that was crossing the Mediterranean in March 2011. Europe doesn't want to help, columnist Sheila Sitalsing writes in the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: » more


The Guardian - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 28. March 2012

Peace plan can reduce suffering

Although the peace plan has little chance of success it may offer the opportunity to reduce the suffering of the Syrian people somewhat, writes the left-liberal daily The Guardian: » more


Financial Times Deutschland - Germany | Wednesday, 28. March 2012

Assad can't be trusted

At last the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has ceded ground, the liberal Financial Times Deutschland comments with delight, but goes on to warn that the dictator should be treated with utmost caution: » more


La Stampa - Italy | Wednesday, 28. March 2012

Syria dictates the conditions

By agreeing to the peace plan Bashar al-Assad has the reins in his hand once more and can dictate his conditions to the UN, the liberal daily La Stampa writes, complaining about the deal: » more


Die Presse - Austria | Friday, 16. March 2012

Assad's emails just banal

The British daily The Guardian revealed on Wednesday night that it is in possession of more than 3,000 private emails purportedly written by Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and his inner circle. The emails were allegedly leaked to the newspaper by members of the Syrian opposition. But the content of the mails is rather trivial, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse writes: » more


Avvenire - Italy | Thursday, 15. March 2012

Moscow has better arguments in Syria conflict

The protests against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began with student rallies in Damascus on March 15, 2011. A year later the country is caught up in a civil war that according to the UN has already cost 8,000 lives. The international community is vacillating, Washington issues threats and Moscow warns of the danger of the internationalisation of the conflict, whereby paradoxically Russia's stance seems the most convincing in the present situation, writes the Catholic daily Avvenire: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Thursday, 15. March 2012

André Glucksmann calls for more European solidarity with Syria

Russia and China continue to block UN intervention in Syria with their vetos. The French intellectual André Glucksmann denounces the EU's hesitant diplomacy and its dependence on Beijing and Moscow in the left-liberal daily Der Standard: » more


Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Tuesday, 13. March 2012

UN must defend lives of Syrians

The UN Security Council once again failed to reach a decision on how to deal with the violence in Syria at its meeting in New York on Monday. The Syrian opposition reported 92 deaths on the same day and urgently called for military intervention from abroad. The UN members must finally defend the value of human life, the daily Diário de Notícias demands: » more


The Independent - United Kingdom | Friday, 9. March 2012

Syria's long road to freedom

The Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad may be rapidly losing supporters but his downfall is still a long way off, according to the liberal paper The Independent: » more


Die Presse - Austria | Friday, 9. March 2012

Cracks appearing in Assad's regime

Syria's deputy oil minister Abdo Hussameddin defected from the government to join the rebels and publicly distanced himself from Bashar al-Assad's government in a video-taped message on Thursday. Now is the time for the international community to step up the pressure and ensure that the conflict ends soon and without bloodshed, writes the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse: » more


Die Zeit - Germany | Thursday, 1. March 2012

Emir Suljagić and Reuf Bajrović compare Syria with Bosnia

The Syrian army has continued its attacks on the rebel stronghold city of Homs. The situation in Homs reminds Bosnian journalists Reuf Bajrović and Emir Suljagić of the siege war in Bosnia in the 1990s and prompts them to call for Western intervention in the liberal weekly Die Zeit: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 27. February 2012

The sorry state of Syria's opposition

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had the people of Syria vote on a constitutional reform on Sunday, while his brutal treatment of the rebels continues. A quick end to the conflict is not in sight given how divided the opposition is, the left-liberal daily Der Standard comments: » more


The Times - United Kingdom | Friday, 24. February 2012

West must fight the Syrian beast

Representatives from 60 countries will meet with the Syrian opposition today in Tunis today, Friday, to discuss solutions to the violence and the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Following the death of the two Western journalists Marie Colvin and Rémi Ochlik the West is obliged to act, writes the conservative daily The Times: » more


The Guardian - United Kingdom | Thursday, 23. February 2012

Marie Colvin on the meaning of her work

Marie Colvin, the US war correspondent killed in Homs, was convinced of the importance of the job she was doing. The left-liberal daily The Guardian reprints a speech given by Colvin at a service for disabled war veterans in London in November 2010: » more


Libération - France | Thursday, 23. February 2012

Journalists help in the fight against barbarity

The reporters' deaths highlight how important journalists are in the fight against dictatorial oppression, the left-liberal daily Libération writes: » more


De Morgen - Belgium | Thursday, 23. February 2012

West too lenient on Syria

At least 120 people have been killed in the past two days in attacks on the Syrian city of Homs, including two Western journalists. The left-liberal daily De Morgen accuses the West of passivity: » more


Le Figaro - France | Tuesday, 14. February 2012

Bruno Tertrais on the UN veto rights of authoritarian states

Russia and China have blocked a resolution against the Syrian regime with their veto in the UN Security Council. The politician Bruno Tertrais criticises veto rights as obsolete in the conservative daily Le Figaro: » more


De Standaard - Belgium | Tuesday, 14. February 2012

Refugees from Syria need right to stay

Around 500 Syrians have fled to Belgium to escape the bloody fighting in Syria so far. But their applications for asylum are not being processed owing to the unclear situation in the country, the liberal daily De Standaard reports, explaining the dilemma faced by the authorities: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 13. February 2012

Peace troops for Syria illusory

The Arab League on Sunday called on the UN to create a common peace force to put an end to the violent conflict between Syrian rebels and the regime. The left-liberal daily Der Standard finds the idea of such a joint mission completely illusory: » more


The Times - United Kingdom | Friday, 10. February 2012

West must take action on Syria

According to reports in the media, more than 50 people were killed on Thursday in the western Syrian protest stronghold of Homs. The West must decide now whether to arm the rebels, demands the liberal-conservative daily The Times: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, 8. February 2012

Russia pulls the strings in Syria conflict

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's visit to Syria on Tuesday has made it clear that the Western and Arab world have resignedly left the field to Russian diplomacy, writes the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more


Göteborgs-Posten - Sweden | Tuesday, 7. February 2012

Russia and China let Syria off the hook

The Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov travels to Damascus today to hold talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The liberal daily Göteborgs-Posten doubts that the ... » more


Welt am Sonntag - Germany | Sunday, 5. February 2012

Richard Herzinger undaunted by violence in Middle East

The Middle East has still not calmed down since the launch of the freedom movement last year. But it took other democracies up to 200 years to stabilise themselves, Richard Herzinger writes consolingly in the conservative Welt am Sonntag: » more


Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Friday, 3. February 2012

Egypt's military aims to hinder democracy

Protesting continued in Egypt on Thursday after 74 people died in rioting that broke out during a football match in Port Said. Police shot at demonstrators in Suez, leaving two dead. The angry protesters are calling for the resignation of the chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Hussein Tantawi. The liberal daily Corriere del Ticino backs their demands: » more


Libération - France | Wednesday, 1. February 2012

Protect Syrians from civil war

The UN Security Council failed to reach agreement on Tuesday evening over a resolution on an end to violence in Syria. To prevent a civil war the Syrian people must be freed from dictator Bashar al-Assad, the left-liberal daily Libération demands: » more


The Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 30. January 2012

Assad must go

The Arab League suspended its observer mission in Syria on Saturday, after which the Syrian military cracked down harder on the opposition on Sunday. The UK and its allies must now persuade China and Russia to introduce sanctions, the liberal-conservative daily The Times demands: » more


Público - Portugal | Thursday, 26. January 2012

Shahid Javed Burki on the power of the military in the Arab Spring

The revolutions of the Arab Spring will only be truly successful once the countries in question curtail the power of the military, writes Pakistani economist Shahid Javed Burki in the daily Público: » more


Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Wednesday, 25. January 2012

Egypt must maintain course after elections

In Egypt's first free parliamentary elections the Islamist parties have won right across the board, occupying roughly 70 percent of the 498 seats in parliament. Meanwhile the country's much touted revolutionary youth is barely represented. Egypt still has a long way to go before it can be considered a stable democracy, writes the daily Dagens Nyheter: » more


Die Presse - Austria | Monday, 23. January 2012

West must exert pressure on Egypt's parliament

Egypt's first freely elected parliament, in which Islamist parties of differing degrees of radicalness have the majority, holds its first session today. While the West must come to terms with this it must also make certain demands, writes the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse: » more


The Times - United Kingdom | Friday, 13. January 2012

Democracy protects Arab world from extremism

The first success of the Arab Spring came with the flight of Tunisian dictator Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali one year ago, on January 14. The democratisation process that then ensued is the best protection against extremism, the liberal-conservative daily The Times maintains: » more


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 6. January 2012

Show proof for Mubarak's crimes

In the trial against Hosni Mubarak the Egyptian public prosecutors demanded the death penalty for the former president on Thursday. Mubarak was responsible for the deadly shots against demonstrators last spring, public prosecutor Mustafa Sulaiman said in his final summation. The conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung is incredulous and calls for proof: » more


Profil - Austria | Saturday, 31. December 2011

Georg Hoffmann-Ostenhoff on Lenin's current relevance

In 2011 not only in the Arab world but also many people in Russia, China and the West rose up against the powers that be. This trend will continue in the new year, Georg Hoffmann-Ostenhoff predicts on news portal Profil Online: » more


Helsingin Sanomat - Finland | Saturday, 31. December 2011

Observers in Syria threaten to fail

Criticism of Arab League observers in Syria is growing in view of the Syrian security forces' continued use of violence against members of the opposition. But other measures also stand little chance of success, writes the liberal daily Helsingin Sanomat: » more


Main focus of Wednesday, 28. December 2011

Crisis, disaster and protest

The people of the Arab world rose up in protest, Japan was hit by a nuclear disaster and Europe became mired in a debt crisis: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Wednesday, 28. December 2011

The year of freedom

The year 2011 brought the downfall of several despotic rulers in the Arab world. What happens next remains uncertain but it is clear that a new attitude of civil disobedience has taken hold, writes journalist Ulrich Speck in the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung: » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Saturday, 24. December 2011

Egypt's democracy in danger

The revolution in Egypt started on January 25, 2011 with the first demonstrations on Cairo's Tahrir Square. But the military and the likely victory of the Muslim Brotherhood are jeopardising the country's burgeoning democracy, writes the Moroccan writer Tahar Ben Jelloun in the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: » more


Blog Del alfiler al elefante - Spain | Wednesday, 28. December 2011

2011 surpasses 1989

Just as in the course of history only a few people stay in our memories the same is true with the years, writes Lluís Bassets in his blog Del Alfiler al Elefante, and says 2011 was more historical than 1989 when the Eastern bloc collapsed: » more


The Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 27. December 2011

Mohamed Bouazizi person of the year

The Tunisian fruit and vegetable seller Mohamed Bouazizi, who set himself on fire in protest and in so doing sparked the Arab Spring, is the 2011 person of the year, writes the conservative daily The Times: » more


Savon Sanomat - Finland | Wednesday, 21. December 2011

Arms exports to Saudi Arabia irresponsible

The Finnish cabinet has approved the export of 36 grenade launchers to Saudi Arabia, the biggest Finnish arms deal in ten years. The government should have had the oppression of the people in sight as well as the creation of jobs on the Finnish market when it made its decision to go ahead with the 150 million euro deal, the liberal daily Savon Sanomat admonishes: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 19. December 2011

Egypt's military buries democracy

During clashes between security forces and demonstrators in Cairo on the Weekend a petrol bomb hit the Institute for the Advancement of Scientific Research, destroying a large number of historical manuscripts dating back to the times of Napoleon Bonaparte. The left-liberal daily Der Standard sees this is a portent: » more


Kristeligt Dagblad - Denmark | Thursday, 8. December 2011

Egyptians vote out Arab Spring

Preliminary results indicate that the Party for Freedom and Justice (FJP), which has close ties to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, has won the first round of voting in Egypt's parliamentary elections. That does not bode well for the country's democratisation, writes the Christian paper Kristeligt Dagblad: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Wednesday, 30. November 2011

Syria on the brink of civil war

Following the Western states' lead the Arab League also imposed sanctions against Syria on Sunday. This makes a peaceful solution to the conflict even less likely, writes the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung: » more


Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 28. November 2011

Egypt's election decisive for whole region

The first ever free parliamentary elections begin today, Monday, in Egypt. Around 40 million citizens will choose the occupants of just under 500 parliamentary seats while the army appoints another ten MPs. This election will shape the entire region, writes the conservative daily Lidové noviny: » more


Politiken - Denmark | Friday, 25. November 2011

Egypt's generals must bow to people's will

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces in Egypt has appointed the former head of government Kamal Ganzouri as prime minister, the country's public broadcaster reported on Thursday evening. He succeeds Essam Sharaf, who tendered his resignation a week ago after the wave of protests against the military council broke out. The generals must withdraw, the left-liberal daily Politiken concludes: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Friday, 25. November 2011

Yemen's democracy activists lose out

Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh announced his resignation on Wednesday, but the demonstrations in the country continue. They are directed against the deal that guarantees ... » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Wednesday, 23. November 2011

Egypt needs second revolution

The military council in Egypt announced on Tuesday that it was bringing the presidential elections six months forward, meaning that they would take place in the middle of next year. The demonstrators are not satisfied with the plan and continue to demand the dissolution of the council. In Egypt, unlike in Tunisia, the revolution will need a second phase, writes the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: » more


Libération - France | Tuesday, 22. November 2011

Only democracy can save Egypt

In view of the bloody protests on Cairo's Tahrir Square, the left-liberal daily Libération calls for a democratically elected government for Egypt: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Tuesday, 22. November 2011

Muslim Brothers are force behind protests

The Egyptian protests that have gone on for three days now highlight the strong influence of the radical Islamic Muslim Brotherhood, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung writes: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Tuesday, 22. November 2011

The end of the shared dream

The basis of trust between the different elements of Egyptian society is a thing of the past, writes the left-liberal daily Der Standard: » more


Aftonbladet - Sweden | Monday, 21. November 2011

Rebellion against Egypt's generals

Bloody clashes broke out in Egypt on the weekend between the police and demonstrators in country-wide protests against the country's military council. Several people died and over 1,700 were left wounded. The people won't make do with semi-democracy, the liberal tabloid Aftonbladet writes: » more


The Guardian - United Kingdom | Monday, 21. November 2011

Gaddafi's son belongs in The Hague

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of long-time Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi, was arrested in southern Libya on Saturday. The Transitional Council wants to try him in Libya although an arrest warrant for crimes against humanity has also been issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Saif al-Islam Gaddafi should be tried in The Hague, writes the left-liberal daily The Guardian: » more


Blog Del alfiler al elefante - Spain | Thursday, 17. November 2011

Lluís Bassets on WMDs in Libya

At the end of October the new Libyan government discovered an arsenal of chemical weapons of mass destruction which Muammar al-Gaddafi had secretly hoarded. This underlines once more the differences in the way the West treated the dictators in Libya and Iraq, Lluís Bassets comments in his blog Del Alfiler al Elefante: » more


Blog Un œil sur la Syrie - France | Thursday, 17. November 2011

Give Syrian freedom fighters weapons

According to their own accounts, deserters of the Syrian army attacked a secret service base north of Damascus on Wednesday. The West should supply them with weapons, writes the former diplomat Ignace Leverrier in his blog Un oeil sur la Syrie in the daily Le Monde: » more


Aamulehti - Finland | Tuesday, 15. November 2011

Syrian people must be helped

The Arab League resolved on Saturday to suspend Syria's membership. Even if this doesn't pave the way for a Libyan-style military intervention the international community must not remain passive, the liberal daily Aamulehti contends: » more


NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Monday, 14. November 2011

Syria is an Arab problem

The Arab League on Saturday announced the suspension of Syria's membership and sanctions against Bashar al-Assad's regime. This ups the pressure on the United Nations but the problem remains an Arab one, writes the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad: » more


Wprost Online - Poland | Thursday, 10. November 2011

No sign of peace in Syria

The quashing of the protests against the Syrian regime has claimed more than 3,500 victims according to the UN. And this despite the fact that the Arab League has negotiated a deal with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad under which the government soldiers were to withdraw. The chances of peace are not good, writes news portal Wprost Online: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Tuesday, 1. November 2011

Syria in line after Libya

Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Monday declared the end of Nato military operations in Tripoli and stressed that there should not be a similar intervention in Syria. But Nato is actually leaving Libya at the behest of the US, which wants to concentrate on Syria and Iran, the business paper Il Sole 24 Ore suspects: » more


Trouw - Netherlands | Friday, 28. October 2011

A high price for Nato action in Libya

Nato plans to officially end its operations in Libya today, Friday. Estimates put the number of victims at up to 50,000. But the ethical and legal aspects of the operation are being ignored, columnist Rob de Wijk complains in the Christian-socialist daily Trouw: » more


Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Friday, 28. October 2011

German bugging devices hurt Syrian opposition

The human rights organisation Amnesty International last week accused 17 European states, including Germany, of playing a role in the oppression of protest movements in various Arab countries by exporting weapons and wiretapping technology. The former head of the foreign desk at Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper, Clemens M. Hutter, accuses exporting nations of double standards in the daily Wiener Zeitung: » more


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 27. October 2011

Libya must get along without Nato

The Libyan Transitional Council has asked Nato to continue its activities in the country until the end of the year or at least extend them by a month. The conservative Frankfurter daily Allgemeine Zeitung staunchly opposes a continuation of Nato operations: » more


Kurier - Austria | Wednesday, 26. October 2011

Tunisian election victors are democratic

Even before the announcement of Tunisia's election results the moderate Islamist Ennahda party initiated coalition talks on Tuesday. Despite the West's concerns about the likely victor there is no reason to assume Ennahda is any more undemocratic than its adversaries, the daily Kurier writes: » more


The Times - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 26. October 2011

Libya must set the standards

After the burial of Muammar al-Gaddafi on Tuesday international criticism was voiced of the fact that the Libyan dictator was mistreated after his arrest and his corpse put on show. The way Gaddafi was treated must not become the basis for the new Libya, the conservative daily The Times warns: » more


Main focus of Tuesday, 25. October 2011

Islamists set to win election in Tunisia

In the election for a Constituent Assembly in Tunisia preliminary results indicate a clear victory for the moderate Islamist Ennahda party. According to commentators the ... » more


El País - Spain | Tuesday, 25. October 2011

Keep Islamic parties in check

The West must accept the possible election victory of Islamic parties in the Arab reform states of Tunisia and Egypt, but it also bears a large responsibility for the people in the region, writes the left-liberal daily El País: » more


taz - Germany | Tuesday, 25. October 2011

Conflict over state model

The preliminary election results for Tunisia's new Constituent Assembly show a clear victory for the moderate Islamist Ennahda party. The major bone of contention will no doubt be the state model, writes the left-leaning daily Die Tageszeitung, fearing an Islamist president: » more


Le Soir - Belgium | Tuesday, 25. October 2011

Tunisia becomes democratic

The increasingly likely victory of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party in Tunisia may inspire fear in the West, but that should not detract from the triumph of democracy, writes the daily Le Soir: » more


Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Tuesday, 25. October 2011

Don't fear Muslim voters

The victory of the conservative Islamist Ennahda Party in Tunisia and the planned introduction of Sharia law in Libya do not pose a threat to the West, writes the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita: » more


Sme - Slovakia | Monday, 24. October 2011

Libya's new start fraught with uncertainty

Libya officially celebrated its liberation from the rule of Muammar al-Gaddafi on Sunday, three days after the dictator's violent death. But celebrating the end of tyranny is easier than the job that lies ahead, namely the construction of a free society, the liberal daily Sme contends: » more


Aftonbladet - Sweden | Monday, 24. October 2011

Islam and democracy compatible in Tunisia

Tunisians voted in the country's first-ever free elections on Sunday. The turnout for the vote to appoint the 217-seat assembly tasked with rewriting the constitution was enormous. But in the West all the euphoria about the popular revolutions in the Arab region has evaporated amidst fears that Islamists could gain control, the left-liberal tabloid Aftonbladet laments: » more



Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Friday, 21. October 2011

Dictators must fail

The death of the ousted Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi shows that dictators will always fail in the end, writes the editor in chief of the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza, Adam Michnik: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Friday, 21. October 2011

Lynch justice damages new state

The circumstances of the death of Muammar al-Gaddafi are still unclear but it seems he probably wasn't killed in battle. Lynch justice is the wrong basis for a young state, writes the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more


NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Friday, 21. October 2011

Gaddafi's death prevents key trial

The death of Muammar al-Gaddafi during his capture means that the new Libya can no longer put him on trial, the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad laments: » more


Financial Times - United Kingdom | Friday, 21. October 2011

Only inner unity can bring Libya forward

After the death of Muammar al-Gaddafi the Libyan transitional government must above all avoid internal power struggles, the liberal-conservative business paper Financial Times writes: » more


NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Wednesday, 5. October 2011

West powerless against Syria

China and Russia used their veto in the UN Security Council on Tuesday night to block a resolution against the Syrian regime tabled by European members of the Security Council. Global power relations have shifted, writes the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad: » more


Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Friday, 16. September 2011

Erdoğan victorious over Sarkozy and Cameron

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Libya on Thursday for the first time since Gaddafi's fall. The goal is to assert their influence in the country but the conservative daily Lidové noviny sees someone else, who is visiting the country today, Friday, as the big winner of the conflicts in Libya: » more


Salzburger Nachrichten - Austria | Thursday, 15. September 2011

Libya's oil menaces reconstruction

British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy met up with the Libyan National Transition Council in Tripoli on Thursday. One of the main reasons for their trip was energy policy, writes the Christian-conservative daily Salzburger Nachrichten, and warns of the threat natural resources pose to the future stability of the country: » more


NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Monday, 5. September 2011

Europe's oil boycott will hurt Syria

The European Union took the decision to boycott oil exports from Syria on Friday. A justified step, comments the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Friday, 2. September 2011

Keep tabs on the Transitional Council

The international community has a moral responsibility for the Libyan Transitional Council which includes not just trusting it blindly, the left-liberal daily Der Standard warns: » more


Le Monde - France | Friday, 2. September 2011

It wasn't Europe that beat the regime

The victory over the Gaddafi regime was anything but a European success story, the left-liberal daily Le Monde writes: » more


El País - Spain | Friday, 2. September 2011

Gaddafi fights on

The international community managed to avoid calling the military operations a success at the Libya conference, writes the left-liberal daily El País approvingly: » more


Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Friday, 2. September 2011

Islamism a risk for Libya

Two factors in particular pose a risk to the reconstruction of Libya, writes the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino: » more


De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Thursday, 1. September 2011

Syrian oil must be boycotted

The leftist opposition in the Netherlands is attacking oil multinational Shell for continuing to extract oil in Syria. A hypocritical stance, writes the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: » more


Adevărul - Romania | Monday, 29. August 2011

The hour of the Libyan opportunists

The Libyan rebels have Tripoli entirely under their control and are now searching for the fallen ruler Gaddafi. The daily Adevărul warns of the dangers of the post-revolution period in a bid to prevent a recurrence of what happened after Nicolae Ceauşescu's fall in Romania: » more


Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung - Germany | Sunday, 28. August 2011

German Libya policy an embarrassment

The German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is under attack for attributing the victory of the Libyan rebels to the sanctions imposed by Germany and other nations, instead of the no-fly zone imposed by Nato without German participation. The conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung asks sarcastically which sanctions Westerwelle had in mind: » more


Népszabadság - Hungary | Friday, 26. August 2011

West's hands are tied in Syria

While the dictatorship in Libya is on the verge of collapse, Bashar al-Assad is still taking brutal action against demonstrators in Syria. The left-liberal daily Népszabadság explains why the West can't intervene in Syria: » more


Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Friday, 26. August 2011

Italy secures share of libyan oil and gas

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday promised the leader of Libya's Transition Council Mahmud Jibril 350 million euros. The resumption of oil and gas exploitation by an Italian firm was also discussed at the meeting. This highlights the hypocrisy of the West, notes the liberal Tages-Anzeiger, but at least it is also good news for Libya: » more


Le Canard enchaîné - France | Thursday, 25. August 2011

Sarkozy takes credit for Libyan victory

After the takeover of Tripoli by the Libyan rebels, French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday announced a conference on the country's reconstruction. Sarkozy is clearly proud of having backed the right horse in the Libyan conflict, writes the satirical weekly Le Canard enchaîné, even if he missed out on the rest of the Arab Spring: » more


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 23. August 2011

German joy at Gaddafi's end embarrassing

Germany's abstention in the decisive UN Security Council vote on a no-fly zone over Libya will damage the country politically, writes the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: » more


El País - Spain | Tuesday, 23. August 2011

The revolutionary wave keeps rolling

A speedy victory over the Libyan ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi will give the freedom movements in other countries of the region new strength, the left-liberal daily El País concludes: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, 23. August 2011

Fresh impetus for Arab Spring

The approaching fall of Libyan ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi will give the Arab Spring a fresh boost, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera comments: » more


Glasove - Bulgaria | Saturday, 20. August 2011

Tatjana Vaxberg on dictators in the Arab World and Eastern Europe

In their final phases the Arab revolutions face the same questions that were seminal for the development of democracy in Eastern Europe, writes Tatjana Vaxberg in the online newspaper Glasove: » more


De Morgen - Belgium | Monday, 22. August 2011

Lybia's long path to Democracy

Even if Libyan ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi falls this is no cause for euphoria, warns the left-liberal daily De Morgen: » more


Kaleva - Finland | Tuesday, 23. August 2011

Libya needs help to democratise

Libya cannot make the transition to democracy on its own, writes the liberal daily Kaleva, calling on Finland to provide help as promised: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 22. August 2011

Nato must withdraw now

The West must confine itself to playing the role of observer and supporter during the period of transition in Libya, writes the left-liberal daily Der Standard: » more


Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 22. August 2011

Egypt is no role model

Little is known about the victors of the Libyan revolution, the conservative daily Lidové noviny writes, fearing that they might hold as many surprises as the revolutionaries in Egypt: » more


Le Figaro - France | Monday, 22. August 2011

Europe's role after power changes hands

The Gaddafi regime is on the verge of collapse, but Europe's tasks won't end with the cease in hostilities, writes the conservative daily Le Figaro: » more


Le Temps - Switzerland | Friday, 19. August 2011

West reaches out to Syrians

The West has finally condemned the crimes of the Syrian regime, the liberal-conservative daily Le Temps writes, and calls for the matter to be brought before the International Court of Justice: » more


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 19. August 2011

Assad isolates himself

The brutality of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has only isolated him internationally, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes: » more


La Stampa - Italy | Friday, 19. August 2011

Fight against a political vacuum

With its calls for the resignation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad the West is showing more decisiveness in the region again, writes the liberal daily La Stampa: » more


The Irish Times - Ireland | Wednesday, 17. August 2011

Rebels swear Gaddafi's end is nigh

The Libyan rebels report that they have pushed forward into another strategically important city not far from Tripoli, claiming that dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi's regime is on the brink of collapse. All this optimism reeks of propaganda, writes the liberal daily The Irish Times: » more


De Tijd - Belgium | Monday, 15. August 2011

Military action not an option

Despite Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's increasing violence against his people there is no chance of the West launching a military intervention against his regime, writes the liberal business paper De Tijd: » more


Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Monday, 15. August 2011

Turkey's patience with Assad at an end

Turkey's Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdoğan holds the fate of the Syrian regime in his hands, the liberal-conservative daily Jyllands-Posten writes: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 15. August 2011

Syrian regime reacts in panic

The Syrian navy's attack on the port city of Latakia exposes the weakness of the country's ruler Bashar al-Assad, writes the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more


Politiken - Denmark | Friday, 12. August 2011

More pressure on Syrian middle class

While the UN Security Council met to discuss tougher measures against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday, his regime continued its violent campaign against the opposition. The left-liberal daily Politiken calls for more international pressure to be exerted on Syria's middle class, which remains loyal to the regime: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Wednesday, 10. August 2011

Assad has no cause for fear

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu spent several hours on Tuesday with Syrian government representatives trying to negotiate an end to the violence in Syria - without success. But even now, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad need not fear military intervention, writes the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung: » more


Trouw - Netherlands | Tuesday, 9. August 2011

Assad loses Arab support

Saudi-Arabia's King Abdullah has strongly criticised Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the harsh treatment of his people. King Abdullah's words are cause for hope however questionable his motives, writes the Christian-social daily Trouw: » more


The Guardian - United Kingdom | Thursday, 4. August 2011

Landmark trial for Arab world

The trial against Egypt's ex-president Hosni Mubarak is a milestone not just for Egypt but for the entire Arab World, according to the left-liberal daily The Guardian: » more


Le Quotidien - Luxembourg | Wednesday, 3. August 2011

UN abandons Syrians

The UN Security Council condemned the violence of the Syrian regime against its rebelling population on Wednesday evening but failed to pass a resolution. It is sparing Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and abandoning the oppressed people to their fate, the left-liberal daily Le Quotidien admonishes: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, 4. August 2011

Scapegoat on the Nile

The trial against Hosni Mubarak could lay the foundation for democracy in the country provided the Egyptian revolution is not instrumentalised by the wrong forces, writes the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung: » more


Libération - France | Thursday, 4. August 2011

Key event for Arab Spring

The beginning of the trial against Hosni Mubarak and his sons looks more like revenge than justice, writes the left-liberal daily Libération: » more


Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Thursday, 4. August 2011

Revenge for an entire era

The trial against Hosni Mubarak is above all a symbolic settling of accounts with the era of the former president, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita comments: » more


Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Tuesday, 2. August 2011

Fear of Syria cripples UN

Despite the ongoing reports of ever new brutalities committed by the Syrian regime against demonstrators, the UN Security Council has yet to reach agreement on a joint resolution. The reasons for this include the interests of neighbouring states, the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino complains: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 1. August 2011

West must put Assad under pressure

After the Syrian army's massacre in Hama the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung warns the West not to turn its back on Syria: » more


Le Monde - France | Friday, 29. July 2011

Murder weakens Libyan Transitional Council

Islamists belonging to the rebel forces are presumably responsible for the death of the Libyan opposition's military leader Abdel Fattah Junes. That will weaken the National Transitional Council, writes the left-liberal daily Le Monde: » more


De Morgen - Belgium | Monday, 1. August 2011

President should be tried by ICC

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad must answer for his attacks on the population of the rebel stronghold of Hama in the International Criminal Court, writes the left-liberal daily De Morgen: » more


El País - Spain | Monday, 1. August 2011

World lets regime have its way

The international community is barely reacting to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's brutal treatment of his own people, the left-liberal daily El País laments: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Friday, 29. July 2011

Weapons won't solve Libya conflict

The military chief of the Libyan rebels, Abdel Fattah Junes, was killed under as yet unexplained circumstances on Thursday. This shows once more that the West will not be able to topple the Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi militarily, writes the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Tuesday, 19. July 2011

EU limits itself to threats against Syria

In view of the ongoing violence in Syria the EU foreign ministers are threatening further sanctions, but in a way which can hardly be taken seriously, writes the left-liberal daily Delo: » more


Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 11. July 2011

Merkel's tank deal immoral

The German government is refusing to reveal details about a tank deal with Saudi Arabia. The business paper Hospodářské noviny detects a paradigm shift in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's thinking: » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Wednesday, 6. July 2011

Syrian poet Adonis calls on President Assad to listen

According to human rights activists, on Monday night eleven people were shot and killed in Hama, the bastion of the rebel movement sealed off by Syrian government troops. The Syrian poet Adonis calls on President Bashar al-Assad to listen to his people in the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: » more


Trud - Bulgaria | Saturday, 2. July 2011

Go away Gaddafi!

The Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi has threatened to carry out terrorist attacks in Europe if Nato continues its air strikes in Libya. But Europe has ... » more


El País - Spain | Sunday, 3. July 2011

Progressive constitution for Morocco

Official accounts put the number of those who voted in favour of a constitutional reform curtailing King Mohammed VI's powers in a referendum held on Friday in Morocco at more than 98 percent. But the country is still a long way from true democracy, writes the left-liberal daily El País: » more


The Irish Times - Ireland | Tuesday, 28. June 2011

Keep up the pressure

Despite the difficulties in implementing the international arrest warrant against Muammar al-Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanussi, it is a good means of increasing the pressure, writes the liberal daily The Irish Times: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, 28. June 2011

Gaddafi in the crosshairs

The arrest warrant is a carte blanche for the secret plan to get rid of Gaddafi once and for all, writes the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more


Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 28. June 2011

Belated victors' justice

Why has the international arrest warrant against Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi only been issued now? asks the conservative daily Lidové noviny: » more


Polityka Online - Poland | Tuesday, 28. June 2011

Arrest warrant of little help

The international warrant issued for Gaddafi's arrest is of little practical value, writes the online edition of news magazine Polityka: » more


Libération - France | Monday, 27. June 2011

UN must resolve against Syria

Syrian security forces on the weekend shot and killed several participants in a funeral procession for murdered protesters. The resolutions submitted to the UN Security Council must be adopted, write a group of authors and artists in an appeal published by the left-liberal daily Libération: » more


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 21. June 2011

Not easy to overthrow Assad

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad promised once again in a speech on Monday that he would fight corruption and allow more democracy. Unimpressed, demonstrators continued to call for Assad's resignation. But much time will pass before President is overthrown, writes the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: » more


De Tijd - Belgium | Thursday, 23. June 2011

Nato must complete intervention

Italian Foreign Minister Franko Frattini's demand for an end to the Nato intervention in Libya is simply not an option, writes the business paper De Tijd: » more


Avvenire - Italy | Thursday, 23. June 2011

London and Paris need the war

The rejection by the UK and France of Italy's call for a ceasefire is motivated by election tactics and the economic interests of the two countries, the Catholic daily Avvenire suspects: » more


Trouw - Netherlands | Thursday, 23. June 2011

Better protection for Libyan citizens

In view of the civilian victims in Libya Nato must finally define the goal of the mission, writes the Christian-social daily Trouw: » more


El País - Spain | Tuesday, 21. June 2011

Nato liable for civilian victims in Libya

The Nato leadership admitted on Monday that it inadvertently hit a residential building during an air strike on the Libyan capital Tripoli. The mistake should be clarified and those responsible made to bear the consequences, demands the left-liberal daily El País: » more


The Irish Times - Ireland | Tuesday, 28. June 2011

Keep up the pressure

Despite the difficulties in implementing the international arrest warrant against Muammar al-Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanussi, it is a good means of increasing the pressure, writes the liberal daily The Irish Times: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, 28. June 2011

Gaddafi in the crosshairs

The arrest warrant is a carte blanche for the secret plan to get rid of Gaddafi once and for all, writes the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more


Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 28. June 2011

Belated victors' justice

Why has the international arrest warrant against Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi only been issued now? asks the conservative daily Lidové noviny: » more


Polityka Online - Poland | Tuesday, 28. June 2011

Arrest warrant of little help

The international warrant issued for Gaddafi's arrest is of little practical value, writes the online edition of news magazine Polityka: » more


Libération - France | Monday, 27. June 2011

UN must resolve against Syria

Syrian security forces on the weekend shot and killed several participants in a funeral procession for murdered protesters. The resolutions submitted to the UN Security Council must be adopted, write a group of authors and artists in an appeal published by the left-liberal daily Libération: » more


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 21. June 2011

Not easy to overthrow Assad

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad promised once again in a speech on Monday that he would fight corruption and allow more democracy. Unimpressed, demonstrators continued to call for Assad's resignation. But much time will pass before President is overthrown, writes the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: » more


De Tijd - Belgium | Thursday, 23. June 2011

Nato must complete intervention

Italian Foreign Minister Franko Frattini's demand for an end to the Nato intervention in Libya is simply not an option, writes the business paper De Tijd: » more


Avvenire - Italy | Thursday, 23. June 2011

London and Paris need the war

The rejection by the UK and France of Italy's call for a ceasefire is motivated by election tactics and the economic interests of the two countries, the Catholic daily Avvenire suspects: » more


Trouw - Netherlands | Thursday, 23. June 2011

Better protection for Libyan citizens

In view of the civilian victims in Libya Nato must finally define the goal of the mission, writes the Christian-social daily Trouw: » more


El País - Spain | Tuesday, 21. June 2011

Nato liable for civilian victims in Libya

The Nato leadership admitted on Monday that it inadvertently hit a residential building during an air strike on the Libyan capital Tripoli. The mistake should be clarified and those responsible made to bear the consequences, demands the left-liberal daily El País: » more


Turun Sanomat - Finland | Friday, 10. June 2011

Step up pressure on Syria

Bashar al-Assad's regime continues to quell revolts in Syria with undiminished violence. The international community must not look on in silence, the liberal daily Turun Sanomat urges: » more


Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Thursday, 9. June 2011

Russian and China start siding with rebels

Although they were initially very reserved in the Libya conflict, Russia and China are becoming increasingly pragmatic, writes the conservative daily Lidové noviny: » more


Avvenire - Italy | Thursday, 9. June 2011

War instigated by oil companies

The Nato states have not complied with Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen's desire for broader participation in the Libya intervention. This is because the war is chiefly driven by economic interests, writes the Catholic daily Avvenire: » more


Elsevier - Netherlands | Thursday, 9. June 2011

Netherlands must attack ground targets

The Dutch government has refused to deploy its F-16 fighter jets against the Gaddafi regimes' strategic posts. The right-wing conservative news magazine Elsevier criticises the decision and calls for more commitment: » more


Blog Géopolitique - France | Wednesday, 8. June 2011

Assad as bad as Gaddafi

An estimated 120 Syrian soldiers have died under unclarified circumstances. Indications increasingly point to a mutiny that was murderously put down by troops loyal to the government. The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is relying on the same tough approach as the Libyan dictator, writes Pierre Rousselin in his blog Géopolitique: » more


Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 8. June 2011

Obama and Merkel need each other

US President Barack Obama has met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington and awarded her the Medal of Freedom. That the atmosphere at the meeting was highly congenial and the tensions over Germany's hesitant stance on Libya seemed forgotten works to the advantage of both politicians, notes the conservative daily Lidové Noviny: » more


Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Tuesday, 7. June 2011

Yemen on the brink of civil war

The situation in Yemen remains extremely unstable after the departure of its injured president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Vice-President Abed Rabbo Mansur Hadi promised on Monday to push through the agreed truce. But the country is nonetheless on the brink of civil war, writes the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino: » more


Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, 6. June 2011

Saudis endanger reforms in Yemen

Yemen's president Ali Abdullah Saleh was injured by shrapnel on Friday and is now being treated in Saudi Arabia. He is unlikely to return to Yemen, the liberal daily Tages-Anzeiger notes, adding that the power politics of Saudi Arabia and the US could still block democratic reforms in Yemen: » more


Público - Portugal | Saturday, 28. May 2011

More support for Arab reforms

The G8 states have decided at their summit in Deauville to give Tunisia and Egypt 40 billion dollars to help them on their way to democracy. The daily Público describes this aid for the pioneers of the Arab Spring as a historical move, but contends that the G8 countries must not forget the other Arab reform movements "These countries are being provided with help to ensure their transition to becoming tolerant and democratic societies. It is meant to encourage them and prevent the revolutions in the Arab world from regressing. This is why reference was made to the help Eastern Europe received after the historical fall of the Berlin Wall. However what began as a wave of freedom has split in three: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Friday, 27. May 2011

Yemen's president fans violence

Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh has refused to resign, and the country is now on the brink of a civil war. More than 40 people ... » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Thursday, 26. May 2011

Easier to negotiate with dictators

The G8 heads of state and government meet in the French seaside resort of Deauville today for a two-day summit to discuss the situation in the Arab world. The West will have to adjust to seeing the young democracies make backwards steps, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica concludes: » more


ABC - Spain | Thursday, 26. May 2011

US and Britain closing ranks

In his speech before the British parliament on Wednesday, US President Barack Obama called on the world to take concerted action in global politics. The UK and the US in particular will soon be presenting a more united front, comments the conservative daily ABC: » more


NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Wednesday, 25. May 2011

Russia and China draw closer

The intensification of Nato attacks in Libya provides Russia and China with the opportunity to boost their profile against the alliance, warns the daily NRC Handelsblad: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 25. May 2011

The West's dilemma

France and the UK's plans to deploy helicopter gunships in Libya prompt the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung to warn of the risks involved: » more


Le Figaro - France | Wednesday, 25. May 2011

The new Paris-London axis

France and the UK want to transfer fighter helicopters to Libya to boost the attack on the Gaddafi regime. The conflict in Libya has strengthened military ties between Paris and London, notes the conservative daily Le Figaro: » more


The Guardian - United Kingdom | Monday, 23. May 2011

Timothy Garton Ash on the old West's new role in the Middle East

US President Barack Obama commences his tour of Europe today. Historian and commentator Timothy Garton Ash writes in the left-liberal daily The Guardian that the Arab Spring must be viewed as a key trans-Atlantic project: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Tuesday, 17. May 2011

What to do with dictators' money

A Swiss delegation last week met with representatives of Egyptian authorities to discuss how the money invested by the Mubarak clan in Switzerland can be returned to Egypt. The liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung urges caution in managing the money of dictators: » more


taz - Germany | Tuesday, 17. May 2011

Warrant against Gaddafi changes nothing

The chief prosecutor in the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, on Monday filed a request for an arrest warrant against Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanussi. The left-leaning daily die tageszeitung finds the gesture irrelevant: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Sunday, 15. May 2011

Moisés Naím on the fear of Syria's weapons arsenal

The demonstrations and unrest in Syria continue undiminished. At least seven people were shot by the regime's security forces at the weekend. But unlike in Libya, fear is preventing the West from intervening here, author Moisés Naím concludes in the business paper Il Sole 24 Ore: » more


La Stampa - Italy | Wednesday, 11. May 2011

Gaddafi's end is nigh

Nato carried out major air strikes against the central commando of Libyan ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi in Tripoli on Monday night. But the news that native tribes are switching their allegiance to the rebels gives even more hope than the Nato attacks that there will soon be an end to the conflict, writes the liberal daily La Stampa: » more


Sme - Slovakia | Wednesday, 11. May 2011

EU sanctions against Syria too late

The EU decided on Monday to freeze the accounts of 13 relatives of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and impose a ban on their entering the EU as well as a weapons embargo against Syria. These sanctions come too late, writes the liberal daily Sme: » more


La Stampa - Italy | Wednesday, 11. May 2011

Gaddafi's end is nigh

Nato carried out major air strikes against the central commando of Libyan ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi in Tripoli on Monday night. But the news that native tribes are switching their allegiance to the rebels gives even more hope than the Nato attacks that there will soon be an end to the conflict, writes the liberal daily La Stampa: » more


El País - Spain | Monday, 9. May 2011

Helpless world watches massacre in Syria

Syria's President Bashar a-Assad tried once again to quell the ongoing anti-government protests in several cities with tanks on the weekend. The US has therefore announced "tough sanctions" against Syria. But the threats of the West are empty blustering and neither Europe nor the US have any real chance of effective intervention, writes the left-liberal daily El País: » more


Blog L'Hérétique - France | Friday, 6. May 2011

Time plays against Regime

One reason why the war in Libya is taking so long is because Nato wants to avoid civilian casualties. The blogger L'Hérétique agrees with this approach on the website of the weekly Marianne, saying it will help the rebels to victory: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Friday, 6. May 2011

Alliance must prevent massacre

Financial aid for the rebels is necessary but not sufficient, the left-liberal daily Der Standard writes, calling for more resolution from the alliance: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 6. May 2011

Gaddafi himself should pay rebels

The idea of deducting the costs for the international financial aid to the Libyan rebels from Gaddafi's bank accounts is excellent, writes the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung: » more


Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Friday, 6. May 2011

Stop murders in Syria

The Syrian security forces have killed more than 500 demonstrators since the start of the protests in Syria, human rights activists estimate. The democratic world must take action against Bashar al-Assad's regime, the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter urges: » more


The Guardian - United Kingdom | Thursday, 5. May 2011

Egypt back on the map in Middle East

Representatives of the hitherto hostile Palestinian organisations Hamas and Fatah signed a peace agreement in Cairo on Wednesday. The left-liberal daily The Guardian finds it remarkable that Egypt is now once more emerging as a major player in the Middle East peace process so soon after its revolution: » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Thursday, 5. May 2011

Thomas Friedman on the end of al-Qaida ideology

The ideology of the al-Qaida network could dissolve following the death of Osama bin Laden, writes the US journalist Thomas L. Friedman in the daily La Repubblica, noting that the Arab Spring is patently a counter-movement to the ideology of terror. This Bin Ladenism "emerged from a devil's bargain between oil-consuming countries and Arab dictators. We all - Europe, America, India, China - treated the Arab world as a collection of big gas stations, and all of us sent the same basic message to the petro-dictators: » more


Le Monde - France | Wednesday, 4. May 2011

UN must intervene in Syria

The bloody repression of the demonstrations in Syria has once more put in question the legitimacy of Bashar al-Assad's regime, the left liberal daily Le Monde writes, and calls for UN intervention: » more


De Telegraaf - Netherlands | Monday, 2. May 2011

Air strikes against Gaddafi justified

In view of the crimes committed by Libya's head of state Muammar al-Gaddafi the Nato attacks on his clan are perfectly justified, writes the tabloid De Telegraaf: » more


Financial Times Deutschland - Germany | Monday, 2. May 2011

Focus on military targets

Nato should refrain from trying to kill Muammar al-Gaddafi, writes the liberal Financial Times Deutschland: » more


Libération - France | Monday, 2. May 2011

Criticism of Nato justified

The Libyan regime is exploiting the alleged killing of Gaddafi's son Saif for its own propaganda purposes. This only highlights the contradictions of the Nato intervention, writes the left-liberal daily Libération: » more


The Independent - United Kingdom | Monday, 2. May 2011

Nato must hold back

The death of one of Gaddafi's sons in a Nato air strike should never have happened, writes the liberal daily The Independent, arguing that Nato should not assume the role of warlord in Libya: » more


The Times - United Kingdom | Friday, 29. April 2011

Israel's chance for peace

Israel should make the best of its opponents' current weakness and seize the chance to make peace with the Palestinians, writes the liberal conservative daily The Times: » more


Trouw - Netherlands | Thursday, 28. April 2011

Isolate Assad

The attempt by four European states to condemn Syrian violence against demonstrators by means of a UN resolution has failed. In view of Assad's brutal oppression of his people such a resolution would accomplish little anyway, writes the daily Trouw: » more


To Ethnos - Greece | Wednesday, 27. April 2011

A useful regime

The US stands to gain from Assad's being weakened politically in his own country without military intervention, writes the left-liberal daily To Ethnos: » more


Wprost Online - Poland | Thursday, 28. April 2011

Difficult situation hinders intervention

A military strike in Syria carries too many risks, according to the news magazine Wprost: » more


Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Thursday, 28. April 2011

West must retain credibility

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continues to bank on the West viewing him as an indispensable stability factor in the region, writes the liberal-conservative daily Jyllands-Posten: » more


Avvenire - Italy | Wednesday, 27. April 2011

No chance of compromise with Gaddafi

The Italian air force is now taking active part in the Libyan civil war. Military targets may be attacked in the effort to protect the civilian population, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi confirmed on Tuesday in Rome. The Catholic daily Avvenire takes a critical view of the operation: » more


Pravda - Slovakia | Wednesday, 27. April 2011

Syria more complex than Libya

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ordered tanks to be deployed against demonstrators at the start of the week. The West is perplexed over how to react to the violence, writes the leftist daily Pravda: » more


De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Tuesday, 26. April 2011

Nato must get tougher in Libya

At least 30 people have been killed in the fighting between troops loyal to the regime and rebels in the Libyan city of Misrata over the past few days. Nato and above all the US must take decisive action in Libya, the daily De Volkskrant demands: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Tuesday, 26. April 2011

Next civil war in Syria

Following mass protests in the southern Syrian city of Daraa, the regime had its tanks shoot at protesters for the first time on Monday. The left-liberal daily Der Standard is convinced Syria will be the next country to be gripped by civil war: » more


Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Thursday, 21. April 2011

A touchstone for Nato

The humanitarian situation in several Libyan cities makes it vital to start thinking about deploying ground troops there, writes the liberal-conservative daily Jyllands-Posten: » more


De Groene Amsterdammer - Netherlands | Thursday, 21. April 2011

Misrata is Libya's Sarajevo

The embattled city of Misrata highlights the awkwardness of Nato's position in Libya, writes the weekly paper De Groene Amsterdammer: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 21. April 2011

Supposed redeemers

Deploying ground troops in Libya would have a considerable political fallout, writes the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung: » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Thursday, 21. April 2011

Undecided Europe

Europe's indecision regarding Libya is down to a lack of consensus, writes the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: » more


Karjalainen - Finland | Tuesday, 19. April 2011

Political solution in Libya impossible

Up to one thousand people are said to have been killed last week in the rebel-controlled Libyan city of Misrata, 80 procent of them allegedly civilians killed by Gaddafi's troops. The liberal daily Karjalainen no longer believes in a political solution to the conflict: » more


El País - Spain | Monday, 18. April 2011

Sarkozy's refugee policy raises EU doubts

French authorities temporarily blocked trains from Italy on Sunday in a bid to prevent Tunisian immigrants who have been granted temporary Shengen visas by Italy from entering the country. French President Sarkozy is on a cheap quest for votes which casts doubt on the very foundations of the EU, the left-liberal daily El País warns: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 14. April 2011

Unity Nato's strongest weapon

The Nato foreign ministers have been discussing the extent and the goals of the mission in Libya. As the US is displaying reserve for the first time in the history of the alliance, the other Nato members are obliged to close ranks, writes the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung: » more


Le Jeudi - Luxembourg | Thursday, 14. April 2011

Goals must be disclosed

The Nato military mission in Libya has both overt and covert goals, the weekly paper Le Jeudi writes, and calls for transparency: » more


El País - Spain | Friday, 15. April 2011

Boost non-military strategies

France and the UK demanded an extension of military operations in Libya at a meeting of Nato foreign ministers in Berlin on Thursday. The left-liberal daily El País, however, argues that non-military strategies should be promoted: » more


Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Thursday, 14. April 2011

Tough luck for Mubarak

The conservative daily Lidové noviny is unenthusiastic at the prospect of a trial for former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak: » more


Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Thursday, 14. April 2011

A warning for other dictators

The arrest of Egyptian ex-president Hosni Mubarak is also a warning to other authoritarian rulers, writes the daily Diário de Notícias: » more


The Guardian - United Kingdom | Thursday, 14. April 2011

No retribution for retribution's sake

Dictators will do anything to avoid punishment. The former president of Egypt is said to have suffered a heart attack as he was about to be interrogated, and Yemen's president has requested immunity in return for leaving his country.  The left-liberal daily The Guardian discusses how to deal with tyrants: » more


Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 12. April 2011

Peace plans for Libya doomed to failure

The hopes of peace in Libya have been dashed for the time being after the rebels rejected as inadequate a plan drawn up by the African Union that had been accepted by Gaddafi. In the opinion of the conservative daily Lidové noviny the plan was doomed to fail from the outset: » more


Salzburger Nachrichten - Austria | Monday, 11. April 2011

Lacking solidarity

The German state of Bavaria wants to prevent refugees from Tunisia from entering the country via the German-Austrian border, if necessary by ramping up control measures. The Christian-liberal daily Salzburger Nachrichten criticises the lacking solidarity among the EU member states when it comes to refugees: » more


Avvenire - Italy | Monday, 11. April 2011

Egypt's problems with democracy

The most violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces since the fall of the long-standing ruler Hosni Mubarak took place at Tahir Square in Cairo on the weekend. The revolutionary wave in the Arab world is not automatically establishing democratic structures, the Catholic daily Avvenire writes: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Friday, 8. April 2011

Nato faces strategic dilemma in Libya

There is no sign that the situation in Libya could soon be resolved in favour of Gaddafi's opponents, which faces Nato with a strategic dilemma, writes the liberal conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung: » more


Trouw - Netherlands | Thursday, 7. April 2011

Europe must act on refugee crisis

An overfilled refugee boat from Libya sank on Wednesday off the Italian island Lampedusa. Twenty corpses have been found and up to 250 people are reported to be missing. It is time for Europe to take action in this refugee crisis, writes the daily Trouw: » more


Die Welt - Germany | Friday, 1. April 2011

Hope for Gaddafi's opponents

The defection of Libya's Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa is clear evidence of the gradual erosion of the system that bolsters the anti-Gaddafi coalition: » more


Aamulehti - Finland | Friday, 1. April 2011

An encouraging sign

The flight of Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa is a sign that Gaddafi is losing the support of his government, the liberal daily Aamulehti writes: » more


The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Friday, 1. April 2011

Spare Koussa from trial

Commenting on the departure of Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa for the UK, the conservative paper The Daily Telegraph argues he should be spared from standing trial: » more


The Independent - United Kingdom | Thursday, 31. March 2011

Supplying weapons is dangerous

It would be extremely risky for the international community to arm the Libyan rebels, writes the liberal daily The Independent: » more


De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Thursday, 31. March 2011

Help for the opposition is risky

If the international alliance starts supplying the Libyan rebels with weapons it will be taking a number of risks, the leftist daily De Volkskrant warns: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Thursday, 31. March 2011

Danger from al-Qaeda

According to a report in the New York Times, the Libyan rebels are receiving help from the US and British intelligence services. The latter could prevent weapons from falling into the wrong hands, writes the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more


Polityka Online - Poland | Thursday, 31. March 2011

Weapons won't make Libya more democratic

Neither military intervention nor supplying arms to the Libyan opposition will advance the process of democratisation in the country, writes Daniel Passent in the online edition of the news magazine Polityka: » more


De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Friday, 1. April 2011

Assad fuels violence in Syria

In response to popular unrest Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has announced the establishment of a committee tasked with exploring ways to end the state of emergency imposed in 1963. This is a ridiculous gesture that will only lead to more violence, according to the daily De Volkskrant: » more


Financial Times Deutschland - Germany | Thursday, 31. March 2011

Assad shows his true face

The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad delivered what he had announced would be a historical speech on Wednesday. However instead of dealing with the state of emergency under which the country has been for 48 years he talked of a conspiracy against Syria. At least the battle lines have been clearly drawn now, the liberal daily Financial Times Deutschland notes: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Tuesday, 29. March 2011

Realising a common vision

The reforms in Syria must be supported by the EU and Turkey, urges Tarafa Baghajati, chairman of the Austrian Muslim Initiative, in a commentary for the left-liberal daily Der Standard: » more


Berlingske - Denmark | Wednesday, 30. March 2011

Fear of a change of regime

 A change of regime in Syria would destabilise the entire region, writes the conservative daily Berlingske, saying that this is the reason why the West is reluctant to see Syrian President Bashar al-Assad removed from office: » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Wednesday, 30. March 2011

Tradition of popular uprisings

Syria's government has resigned as a result of the ongoing protests against the regime. President Bashar al-Assad plans to explain his position on reforms today. The popular uprising has its roots in Syria's long tradition of such movements, which nowadays also enjoy the support of virtual networks, writes the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: » more


Le Monde - France | Tuesday, 29. March 2011

Encourage Damascus to reform

A change of regime in Damascus could unsettle the entire region, the left-liberal daily Le Monde fears in view of the resignation of the Syrian government, and calls on the US and Europe to persuade President Bashar al-Assad to adopt reforms: » more


Ta Nea - Greece | Wednesday, 23. March 2011

Syria stems upheaval with brutality

Security forces in Syria have shot at demonstrators several times, killing at least 25 people since the start of the protests one week ago. The very brutality of the regime makes it unlikely that it will be toppled, as has happened in other Arab countries, the left-liberal daily Ta Nea writes: » more


Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace - France | Wednesday, 30. March 2011

Division of Libya as a solution

The London conference on Tuesday came up with no concrete solutions to the crisis in Libya. In view of the historic rivalries between the western and eastern halves of the country, the daily Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace sees the division of the country as a possible solution, albeit one that would make the military intervention look like a fight for Libyan oil: » more


Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Tuesday, 29. March 2011

Gaddafi won't give up

The Libyan rebels encountered heavy resistance on Monday near Sirte, the birthplace of Muammar al-Gaddafi. The dictator won't give up so easily, the conservative paper Rzeczpospolita fears: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 29. March 2011

New order for Libya

The Libyan rebels are moving steadily westward. Now is the time for the international community to help the Libyans create new power structures, writes the left-liberal Süddeutsche Zeitung: » more


The Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 29. March 2011

Stress test for the international alliance

The London conference on the Libyan crisis will show how capable the international alliance is of holding together, writes the conservative daily The Times: » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Monday, 28. March 2011

Fear is a poor advisor

The Christian Democrats' election debacle in the German state of Baden-Württemberg is just retribution for Angela Merkel's policies in the eyes of the left-liberal daily La Repubblica, because they were dictated by the fear of losing votes: » more


Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 28. March 2011

Nato must help Libyan opposition

Nato takes over the full command of the military intervention in Libya today, Monday. The liberal conservative daily the Financial Times writes that finding a solution to the conflict requires more than just fighting: » more


Evenimentul Zilei - Romania | Friday, 25. March 2011

US foists Libya mission on Romania

After days of bickering the Nato states agreed on Thursday that the alliance will take over the task of leading the military operations against Gaddafi's troops in Libya from the US. Romania will contribute to the weapons embargo in the Mediterranean by providing a frigate. However unlike the military operations in Afghanistan the intervention in Libya is not a case which invokes the Nato mutual defence guarantee, the daily Evenimentul Zilei points out: » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Thursday, 24. March 2011

Timothy Garton Ash on stab in the back for EU foreign policy

Germany caused the lack of consensus within the EU regarding Libya by abstaining from the vote on a no-fly zone in the UN Security Council, writes British historian Timothy Garton Ash in the left-liberal daily La Repubblica, adding that such a stance makes a common European foreign policy impossible: » more


Ta Nea - Greece | Wednesday, 23. March 2011

Syria stems upheaval with brutality

Security forces in Syria have shot at demonstrators several times, killing at least 25 people since the start of the protests one week ago. The very brutality of the regime makes it unlikely that it will be toppled, as has happened in other Arab countries, the left-liberal daily Ta Nea writes: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Wednesday, 23. March 2011

Gaddafi buys support

Five days after the military strikes in Libya began the international alliance says it has destroyed the country's air force. But the dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi still has enough means at his disposal to ensure the war continues, writes the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 23. March 2011

Flood of refugees bearing down on Europe

Roughly 6,000 refugees from North Africa, primarily Tunisia, are currently on the small Italian Mediterranean island of Lampedusa. Europe is paying the price for having based its strategy for illegal immigrants above all on agreements with the Libyan dictator Gaddafi, writes the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung: » more


Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Thursday, 24. March 2011

Franco-German relations take a knocking

The EU heads of state and government will finalise plans for securing the euro - the so-called European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) - in Brussels today. The conservative daily Lidové noviny points out how much scepticism the plans of Germany and France met with right from the outset and how much friction there is between the two countries at present: » more


Blog Del alfiler al elefante - Spain | Wednesday, 23. March 2011

Just war is the lesser evil

On Tuesday the Spanish Congress gave its approval for military intervention in Libya. Lluís Bassets writes in his blog Del Afiler al Elefante that this was the best decision of all the bad decisions that could have been made: » more


Le Temps - Switzerland | Wednesday, 23. March 2011

Air strikes alone pointless

The air strikes won't decide the war in Libya, writes political scientist Hasni Abidi in a commentary for the daily Le Temps, saying that more important is what further goals the West is pursuing: » more


Právo - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 23. March 2011

Medvedev challenges Putin

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev has contradicted Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for the first time on an important foreign policy issue by rejecting Putin's use of the word "crusade" in referring to the intervention in Libya. The leftist daily Právo suspects that elections tactics are playing a role here: » more


Berliner Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 23. March 2011

Sarkozy escalates Nato dispute

A conflict has broken out in the international coalition against Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi over whether Nato should take charge. Britain backs this step while France opposes it. One reason is that French President Nicolas Sarkozy has taken over the role of hip-shooter from former US president Bush, writes the left-liberal daily Berliner Zeitung: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, 23. March 2011

Every war has its price

The military intervention against the Libyan dictator is turning into a full-blown war with all the bitter consequences that entails, writes the left-liberal daily Der Standard: » more


Correio da Manhã - Portugal | Wednesday, 23. March 2011

Manuel Catarino on crazy Gaddafi and his friends in the West

Many Western politicians think Libya's dictator Gaddafi is crazy, Manuel Catarino writes in the tabloid Correio da Manhã, analysing Gaddafi's relations with a world that is dependent on Libya's oil reserves: » more


Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Wednesday, 23. March 2011

Overthrowing Gaddafi is up to the Libyans

The UN resolution on Libya is in principle right, the daily Dagens Nyheter writes, adding that it is in the nature of war that there can be no telling what the repercussions will be: » more


Aamulehti - Finland | Tuesday, 22. March 2011

Allies lack goals for Libya mission

Since the air strikes against Libya began the allies have been at odds about how the intervention should be continued. The liberal daily Aamulehti bemoans the lack of a clear strategy, which it says must be a prerequisite for Finnish involvement: » more


Europa quotidiano - Italy | Tuesday, 22. March 2011

Head of state lacks political strategy

In the first round of the French cantonal elections all the conservative parties together obtained 32 percent of the vote, but this still can't conceal the paltry 17 percent garnered by President Nicolas Sarkozy's ruling UMP party, the online paper Europa quotidiano comments. The boost Sarkozy had hoped military intervention in Libya would give him in elections failed to materialise: » more


Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 22. March 2011

Strange criticism of war against Gaddafi

The military intervention set up to establish a no-fly zone over Libya is based on a decision by the UN Security Council. But now Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is labelling it a crusade, while the Arab League also voices its protest. The conservative daily Lidové finds this strange: » more


L'Express - France | Sunday, 20. March 2011

Attack without a peace strategy

The political leaders of the West started their military action without a clear concept for how to bring peace, writes Jacques Attali in his blog with the weekly L'Express: » more


ABC - Spain | Monday, 21. March 2011

Democratic goals must be clear

The military intervention in Libya must never fail to make clear that it is meant to support the democracy movement in the Arab World, writes the conservative daily ABC: » more


Berlingske - Denmark | Monday, 21. March 2011

This war is right

The war against Libyan head of state Muammar al-Gaddafi is justified despite all the criticism, writes the conservative daily Berlingske: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Monday, 21. March 2011

US double standard in Middle East

In view of the intervention in Libya by the US and other states, the daily Delo points to the suppression of democracy movements in other Arab countries and criticises the double standard of the United States: » more


El Periódico de Catalunya - Spain | Friday, 18. March 2011

Global community finally takes action

Establishing a no-fly zone was the very least that could be expected of the international community, the left-liberal daily El Periódico de Catalunya writes with relief: » more


Expressen - Sweden | Friday, 18. March 2011

Don't abandon Bahrain

The Sunni regime in Bahrain is resorting to violence against the predominantly Shiite demonstrators. The liberal daily Expressen warns that the protesters in the country should not be abandoned to their fate, because then it would look like the West supports those dictatorships it finds useful: » more


De Standaard - Belgium | Friday, 18. March 2011

Intervention with uncertain consequences

The UN Security Council's decision in favour of a no-fly zone over Libya is good news but could have dangerous consequences, writes the daily De Standaard: » more


Die Welt - Germany | Friday, 18. March 2011

Germany embarassed by hitting the brakes

The UN's belated go-ahead for a no-fly zone may have dire consequences, the conservative daily Die Welt writes, criticising Berlin in particular: » more


Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Friday, 18. March 2011

Decision comes too late

The UN's decision in favour of a no-fly zone over Libya comes too late in the eyes of the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita, because dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi has long since regained control of the country: » more


De Standaard - Belgium | Thursday, 17. March 2011

Gaddafi's successful methods

The methods of Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi are working, the left-liberal daily De Standaard observes in resignation: » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Thursday, 17. March 2011

Europe deliberately wasting time

Europe's hesitant stance on Libya is a vile ploy to gain time, writes the left-liberal La Repubblica indignantly: » more


Aftonbladet - Sweden | Thursday, 17. March 2011

UN must take action now

The advance of the Libyan government troops prompt the tabloid Aftonbladet to demand that the international community intervene: » more


Delfi - Latvia | Thursday, 17. March 2011

Time is on Gaddafi's side

The international community remains at odds over how to deal with Libya. That only plays into the hands of dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi, writes the portal Delfi: » more


Politiken - Denmark | Wednesday, 16. March 2011

EU must prevent bloodbath in Benghazi

In view of the success of the troops of Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi in fighting the rebels in eastern Libya Denmark has declared its willingness to provide F-16 fighter jets in the event of military intervention in Libya. The EU as a whole should prepare for a no-fly zone and impose it even without UN approval if need be, the social-liberal daily Politiken demands: » more


De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Tuesday, 15. March 2011

World must help Libya now

While the troops of the Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi continue to advance eastwards the international community still hesitates to intervene. Time is running out, the leftist daily De Volkskrant warns: » more


El País - Spain | Monday, 14. March 2011

Impose no-fly zone over Libya

The Arab League has called on the UN Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to protect the civilian population from the airborne attacks of Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi. The Libyan-British writer Alaa al Ameri supports this initiative in the left-liberal daily El País: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Friday, 11. March 2011

France does rebels a disservice

By recognising the rebels' council in Libya and presenting plans for military intervention French President Nicolas Sarkozy is putting the cart before the horse, writes the left-liberal daily Der Standard: » more


Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Friday, 11. March 2011

Old world power seeks the limelight

Because French President Nicolas Sarkozy`s sudden change of tack in the Libya conflict comes across as a contrived and clumsy he won't achieve his goal, writes the left-liberal Tages-Anzeiger: » more


De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Friday, 11. March 2011

Paris harms Brussels

Paris' recognition of the National Transitional Council of Libyan rebels is premature and only harms the EU, writes the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: » more


El País - Spain | Friday, 11. March 2011

Morocco and Europe draw closer

King Mohammed VI of Morocco has promised his people comprehensive democratic reforms in a televised address on Wednesday. The left-liberal daily El País is cautiously optimistic: » more


The Malta Independent - Malta | Friday, 11. March 2011

Malta not a bulwark against Islam

According to media reports Malta would be used as a military base in the event of Western intervention in Libya. The liberal daily The Malta Independent argues that this would not be to Malta's advantage: » more


Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Thursday, 10. March 2011

United action against dictator

The international community must act as one against the Gaddafi regime, writes the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter, starting with the establishment of a no-fly zone: » more


De Standaard - Belgium | Thursday, 10. March 2011

Libyans must help themselves

There is a lack of consensus on the UN Security Council about military intervention in Libya. Interference would have a detrimental effect, writes political scientist Tom Sauer in the daily De Standaard: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, 10. March 2011

Rebels are unknown partners

Now that the conflict in Libya has broadened into a civil war an intervention by the West is increasingly difficult, writes the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung, commenting that intervening on behalf of the rebels would mean supporting a warring faction: » more


Blog Del alfiler al elefante - Spain | Thursday, 10. March 2011

War against Gaddafi is just

The international community must support the rebels in Libya with every means at its disposal, Lluís Bassets writes in his blog Del Alfiler al Elefante, comparing the Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi with the Iraqi Saddam Hussein: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Thursday, 10. March 2011

Attacks against Copts show democratic deficit

Eleven people were killed on Tuesday night in clashes between Muslims and Christians in the Cairo suburb of Mokattam. The conflict was sparked by a liaison between a Muslim girl and a Coptic Christian. According to the business paper Il Sole 24 Ore, this is proof of the problems Islamic societies have recognising the rights of individuals: » more


Financial Times Deutschland - Germany | Monday, 7. March 2011

No-fly zone means war

Imposing a no-fly zone over Libya could prevent airborne attacks on the Libyan population and oil terminals, but it would also mean war, writes the liberal business paper Financial Times Deutschland: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 7. March 2011

International law impedes intervention

The international community cannot intervene militarily in Libya because it lacks the international legal basis to do so, writes the left-liberal daily Der Standard: » more


Delfi - Lithuania | Sunday, 6. March 2011

Military intervention soon needed

The current sanctions against the Gaddafi regime are inadequate, writes the news portal Delfi and examines the question of Nato intervention under certain conditions: » more


El País - Spain | Monday, 7. March 2011

Recognise opoositions' National Council

The troops of Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi continue to use violence against the protesters in the country. The international community cannot remain inactive even if it doesn't resort to military intervention, the left-liberal daily El País writes: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Monday, 7. March 2011

Naomi Wolf calls for more appreciation for Arab female protestors

The role of women in the protest movements in the Arab World has received too little attention up to now, writes the author and political activist Naomi Wolf in a commentary for the daily Delo: » more


Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Friday, 4. March 2011

Egyptian revolt continues

Egypt's Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq resigned from office on Thursday in response to the ongoing protests of the democracy movement in the country. This is a victory for this young people's protest movement, which according to the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino continues to fight for its dream of a democratic society: » more


Die Presse - Austria | Friday, 4. March 2011

US shies away from further wars

US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates expressed reservations on Thursday about the possibility of an international military deployment in Libya. The liberal-conservative daily Die Presse can understand why: » more


Le Monde - France | Thursday, 3. March 2011

Zapatero leads the way in North Africa

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero visited Tunisia on Wednesday, the first EU leader to do so since the fall of the old regime. The daily Le Monde welcomes the move: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Thursday, 3. March 2011

Gaddafi a welcome enemy

The Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi is a welcome enemy for the West, writes the daily Delo, because he diverts attention from friendly dictators: » more


Eesti Päevaleht - Estonia | Thursday, 3. March 2011

Intervention in Libya problematic

The violence of the Libyan regime against demonstrators poses a dilemma for the rest of the world, writes the daily Eesti Päevaleht: » more


Svenska Dagbladet - Sweden | Wednesday, 2. March 2011

Too many dictators on Human Rights Council

The UN Human Rights Council may have expulsed Libya on Tuesday but it is still dominated by dictatorships, the conservative daily Svenska Dagbladet complains, expressing relief that Sweden is not a member of the body: » more


Respekt - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 1. March 2011

Solution for refugees doubtful

Numerous foreign ministers were preoccupied with the situation in Libya at Monday's meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the liberal weekly Respekt notes: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 1. March 2011

The dangers of a no-fly zone

The US and Europe are considering establishing a no-fly zone over Libya to prevent air attacks by the Libyan military. But such a move would be going too far, writes the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung: » more


Le Temps - Switzerland | Tuesday, 1. March 2011

UN Human Rights Council closes ranks

Within a matter of days the UN Human Rights Council has unanimously condemned the violence of Libyan ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi against the population, and recommended that Libya be suspended as a member. The daily Le Temps is delighted: » more


Times of Malta - Malta | Tuesday, 1. March 2011

Malta is a bridge between peoples

Malta has rushed to give generous help in view of all the foreigners fleeing Libya, the liberal-conservative Times of Malta notes: » more


Helsingin Sanomat - Finland | Tuesday, 1. March 2011

Military intervention only with mandate

According to newspaper reports, the US is considering military intervention in Libya if the country's leader Muammar al-Gaddafi continues to use violence against his own people. But the diplomatic options have not yet been exhausted, writes the liberal daily Helsingin Sanomat: » more


Le Monde - France | Tuesday, 1. March 2011

Abdennour Bidar on the Arab World's new autonomy

The revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia have shown that people have broken with their past and taken control of their destinies, writes philosopher and author Abdennour Bidar in the left-liberal daily Le Monde: » more


Helsingin Sanomat - Finland | Tuesday, 1. March 2011

Military intervention only with mandate

According to newspaper reports, the US is considering military intervention in Libya if the country's leader Muammar al-Gaddafi continues to use violence against his own people. But the diplomatic options have not yet been exhausted, writes the liberal daily Helsingin Sanomat: » more


Respekt - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 1. March 2011

Solution for refugees doubtful

Numerous foreign ministers were preoccupied with the situation in Libya at Monday's meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the liberal weekly Respekt notes: » more


Público - Spain | Tuesday, 1. March 2011

Spain lacks money to save on fuel

Faced with rising oil prices Spain's government wants to cut down on petrol consumption. To this end it has temporarily reduced the maximum speed limit on its motorways from 120 to 110 kilometres per hour and made train tickets cheaper. The leftist daily Público suspects the government fears supply shortages: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 1. March 2011

The dangers of a no-fly zone

The US and Europe are considering establishing a no-fly zone over Libya to prevent air attacks by the Libyan military. But such a move would be going too far, writes the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung: » more


Tabu - Portugal | Monday, 28. February 2011

Female war correspondents important

During the celebrations at Tahrir Square that followed the resignation of Hosni Mubarak on February 11, Lara Logan, a reporter for US news channel CBS, was beaten and sexually assaulted by a mob of 200 people. But for female journalists to stop working in such places is no solution to the problem, writes the weekly Sol's Tabu magazine: » more


Le Temps - Switzerland | Tuesday, 1. March 2011

UN Human Rights Council closes ranks

Within a matter of days the UN Human Rights Council has unanimously condemned the violence of Libyan ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi against the population, and recommended that Libya be suspended as a member. The daily Le Temps is delighted: » more


De Telegraaf - Netherlands | Tuesday, 1. March 2011

Queen Beatrix should cancel visit to Oman

In the Gulf State of Oman demonstrators have also taken to the streets  to protest against the authoritarian regime of Sultan Quaboos bin Said. The state visit of Queen Beatrix, Crown Prince Willem Alexander and his wife Maxima to Oman scheduled for next week should therefore be cancelled, the tabloid De Telegraaf urges: » more


Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Monday, 28. February 2011

Pointless sanctions against Gaddafi

The 15 members of the UN Security Council unanimously voted in favour of sanctions against Libya on Saturday. The Slovakian business paper Hospodárske noviny nonetheless doubts whether this will do much good: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Monday, 28. February 2011

Gaddafi deserves sanctions

In the wake of the bloody repression of the Libyan protests, the UN Security Council on Saturday voted unanimously in favour of sanctions against the regime of Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi. The daily Delo writes that the sanctions are entirely justified but doubts the United Nations will hold to them in view of Libya's many business ties with European countries: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 28. February 2011

Oil industry pushing up petrol prices

In recent days petrol prices in Germany have climbed over 1.5 euros per litre. While the oil companies are blaming the Libya crisis the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung says that the oligopoly of the oil companies is really to blame: » more


La Stampa - Italy | Monday, 28. February 2011

Bill Emmott on North African countries joining the EU

The upheaval in the Arab World resembles that in Eastern Europe 20 years ago. This prompts Bill Emmot, former editor-in-chief of The Economist, to write in the liberal daily La Stampa that some of the countries of North Africa belong in the EU: » more


Diário Económico - Portugal | Friday, 25. February 2011

Revolutions have their price

The freedom fight in the Arab world is garnering praise all over the world, but it has an unpleasant side-effect, the business paper Diário Económico notes: » more


Die Presse - Austria | Friday, 25. February 2011

Unhinge the economy from oil

As Libya's oil exports slow down and threaten to come to a standstill, the price for crude oil as well as petrol, diesel and fuel oil is rising. But rather than panic the time has come to transform the economy, writes the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse: » more


Evenimentul Zilei - Romania | Friday, 25. February 2011

Mircea Cărtărescu compares 1989 and the Arab revolts

There is one major difference between the revolutions in the former East Bloc and the current uprisings in the Arab World, writes the Romanian author Mircea Cărtărescu in the daily Evenimentul Zilei: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Friday, 25. February 2011

Russia gains leverage with gas

Thursday's plenary meeting between the EU Commission and the Russian government dealt among other topics with the Third Energy Package which comes into force in March. EU representatives want the package to prevent companies such as Russia's Gazprom from controlling pipelines in the EU, a proposal which Russia rejects. And it has every right to do so, writes the daily Delo: » more


Les Echos - France | Friday, 25. February 2011

More support for renewable energies

Oil prices on commodity markets rose 20 percent last week in the wake of the unrest in Libya. The business paper Les Ec