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The Syria conflict has now claimed more than 100,000 lives. Border skirmishes and streams of refugees are taking their toll on the country's neighbours, while all efforts at finding peace have failed. The press discusses military intervention and the danger of the region sliding into chaos.



De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Friday, 24. January 2014

Obama's fatal mistake in Syria

The fact that little can be expected of the Syria peace talks is also due to the US's restrained approach, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant complains: » more


Main focus of Tuesday, 27. August 2013

Syria intervention increasingly likely

The US is apparently considering a military strike against Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that poison gas attacks on civilians were ... » more


Le Soir - Belgium | Monday, 26. August 2013

Don't compare Syria with Iraq

The situation in Syria is entirely different than that in Iraq ten years ago and demands an intervention, the liberal daily Le Soir writes: » more


Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Tuesday, 27. August 2013

Obama follows in Bush's footsteps

US President Obama is involuntarily becoming the direct successor of George W. Bush, the state-run liberal daily Wiener Zeitung writes: » more


Pravda - Slovakia | Tuesday, 27. August 2013

Restraint is called for

It's doubtful that a military strike against Syria would do any good, the left-leaning daily Pravda comments: » more


Spiegel Online - Germany | Monday, 26. August 2013

Talk to Iran instead of intervening in Syria

The US should stop threatening war and finally improve relations with Iran, columnist Jakob Augstein demands on news portal Spiegel Online: » more


The Irish Times - Ireland | Monday, 26. August 2013

Military strike undermines peace efforts

There are more arguments against military intervention in Syria than for it, the left-liberal daily The Irish Times writes: » more


Main focus of Monday, 26. August 2013

UN investigates toxic gas attack in Syria

UN inspectors begin investigating the alleged poison gas attack near Damascus today, Monday. Meanwhile the media are discussing the possibility of a military strike against ... » more


Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Monday, 26. August 2013

Obama morally obliged to step in

By using internationally outlawed chemical weapons, Syria has transgressed a moral boundary, making it necessary for the global community with the US at its head to intervene, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza writes: » more


Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Monday, 26. August 2013

Intervention in Syria would support terror

US President Obama is in a tight spot over Syria, the liberal business paper Hospodárske noviny comments: » more


Tvxs - Greece | Sunday, 25. August 2013

Peace process, not military strike

Military intervention by the West won't help Syria, the web portal Tvxs warns, arguing in favour of a peace process and elections instead: » more


Main focus of Friday, 23. August 2013

Divided reactions to poison gas attack

The international community is divided in the wake of reports of a poison gas attack in Syria. While a condemnation of the Assad regime was ... » more


Večer - Slovenia | Friday, 23. August 2013

Mass murder for all to see

There are frightening parallels between the presumed poison gas attack in Syria and the Srebrenica massacre, the conservative daily Večer writes: » more


taz - Germany | Friday, 23. August 2013

Humanitarian aid possible despite "red line"

The US has reacted cautiously to the presumed chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime. With his "red line" Obama has restricted his country's room to manoeuvre, the left-leaning daily taz comments: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Friday, 23. August 2013

No one wants to intervene

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced "serious consequences" if the reports of chemical weapons attacks turn out to be true. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has also called for a forceful reaction if the accusations are verified. Nothing but empty phrases, the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore criticises: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Friday, 23. August 2013

Careful with hasty judgements

Even though many things point to Assad's regime being responsible for the attacks, commentators and the international community should be careful not to be too hasty in their judgements, the left-liberal daily Der Standard warns: » more


Aamulehti - Finland | Friday, 23. August 2013

UN Security Council must overcome its paralysis

The UN Security Council is powerless in the Syrian conflict, the liberal daily Aamulehti complains: » more


Main focus of Thursday, 22. August 2013

Rebels accuse Assad of using toxic gas

According to the Syrian opposition, the Assad regime killed more than 1,300 people on Tuesday in a toxic gas attack on its own population. The ... » more


De Morgen - Belgium | Thursday, 22. August 2013

As in Rwanda, the world looks away

The international community must not remain indifferent to the possibility that a toxic gas attack was carried out in Syria, the left-liberal daily De Morgen writes: » more


Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Thursday, 22. August 2013

The decisive battle over the truth

If the rebels' accusations against Assad prove correct, the civil war in Syria will have escalated to a new level, the liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias points out: » more


De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Thursday, 22. August 2013

Use of toxic gas faces Obama with a dilemma

The possibility that nerve gas was used in Syria forces Obama to act, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant writes: » more


Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Thursday, 22. August 2013

Only a US military deployment can help

Whether or not the many dead in Syria are victims of a toxic gas attack by the Assad regime, the US must finally intervene, the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter urges: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, 6. August 2013

No alternative to war for Assad

In a televised interview broadcast on Sunday Syrian head of state Bashar al-Assad announced he would continue to use an 'iron fist' against the rebels. For the cornered ruler such belligerent threats are now the only option, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera comments: » more


Le Figaro - France | Tuesday, 30. July 2013

Renaud Girard on Western self-delusion in Syria

By their own account, the troops of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad have taken an important district in the rebel stronghold Homs, signalling a major setback for the opposition forces in the two-year civil war. Middle East expert Renaud Girard explains in the conservative daily Le Figaro why there can no longer be any talk of the 'good guys' and the 'bad guys': » more


The Independent - United Kingdom | Friday, 26. July 2013

Syria's last hope is diplomacy

More than 100,000 people have died in the Syrian civil war according to the UN's estimates released on Thursday. The left-liberal daily The Independent believes there is only one hope: » more


Turun Sanomat - Finland | Thursday, 18. July 2013

Russia's Syria policy gaining approval

The West's attempts to intervene in the Syrian civil war have been repeatedly thwarted by opposition from Russia, which rejects any kind of support for the rebels. But Moscow's stance is increasingly gaining sympathy, the liberal daily Turun Sanomat observes: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 18. June 2013

Putin's power games in Syria very North Korean

In the run-up to the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, Russia stressed that it would continue to supply weapons to the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. For the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, Russian President Vladimir Putin's power games are reminiscent of the regime in North Korea: » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Monday, 17. June 2013

Wind of Cold War blowing over G8 summit

Four days before the G8 summit that begins in Northern Ireland today, Monday, US President Barack Obama announced his intention to give the Syrian rebels military support. Russia condemned the decision and demanded proof that Assad's regime has used chemical weapons. The G8 summit is taking place in a Cold War climate, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica concludes: » more


Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Thursday, 6. June 2013

Syrian dictator winning the civil war

The Syrian military took control of the small city of al-Qusayr near the Lebanese border on Wednesday. It is considered strategically important because the government and rebel supply lines cross there. Now President Bashar al-Assad has gained the upper hand, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita believes: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Sunday, 2. June 2013

Syrian war destroys past and present

Built in the eleventh century, the minaret of the famous Umayyad Mosque was destroyed during fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo at the end of April. Now not just the country's past, but also its future is buried under the rubble, the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore fears: » more


Público - Portugal | Friday, 31. May 2013

Moscow's weapons escalate Syria conflict

According to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, his country has received air defence missiles from Russia. The weapons deliveries will reduce the chances of success of the Syria conference planned for June to virtually zero, the liberal daily Público predicts: » more


Main focus of Wednesday, 29. May 2013

Fears that the Syria conflict may spread

Russia has sharply criticised the end of the EU weapons embargo against Syria. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday that the move would endanger ... » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, 29. May 2013

Brussels risks global conflict

With its decision not to extend the arms embargo Brussels is contributing to the spread of the Syria conflict, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera writes in disgust: » more


Právo - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 29. May 2013

Back-to-front appeasement

The end of the weapons embargo that was pushed through above all by Britain and France will encourage the Syrian opposition to fly in the face of every effort to stop the fighting, the left-leaning daily Právo regrets: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 29. May 2013

EU backbencher in global politics

In the row over the weapons embargo against Syria the EU has shown that it's incapable of acting on the international stage, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung comments, describing this as one of the worst moments in European foreign policy: » more


The Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 28. May 2013

Menacing Assad can enforce peace

The mere possibility of Syrian rebels being supplied with weapons could force a negotiated settlement to the civil war, the conservative daily The Times hopes: » more


Main focus of Tuesday, 28. May 2013

Weapons embargo against Syria expires

The EU foreign ministers did not reach a joint position on a weapons embargo against Syria on Monday.The current embargo will end on Friday, after ... » more


Sydsvenskan - Sweden | Tuesday, 28. May 2013

Geneva conference is the only alternative

After the lifting of the arms embargo the independent daily Sydsvenskan sees the international conference in Geneva in June which the US and Russia are pushing for as the only alternative for solving the Syria conflict: » more


Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Tuesday, 28. May 2013

West must get control of chemical weapons

The question of whether or not the rebels should be armed is negligible  the daily Tages-Anzeiger writes, arguing that it is much more important to get control of the chemical weapons in the region: » more


Deutschlandradio Kultur - Germany | Tuesday, 28. May 2013

EU can't be counted on internationally

The EU must find a common line for its Syria policy, public radio broadcaster Deutschlandradio Kultur comments, pointing out that its current lack of unity is sending a disastrous message to the international community and Syrian dictator Assad: » more


Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Tuesday, 28. May 2013

EU out of its depth in Syria

It's unrealistic to demand a joint EU position on weapons deliveries to the Syrian rebels, the state-run liberal daily Wiener Zeitung contends: » more


Main focus of Monday, 27. May 2013

Europe seeks a position on Syria

In Brussels today the EU foreign ministers will discuss a possible relaxation of the arms embargo against Syria. While Damascus has signalised its willingness to ... » more


De Morgen - Belgium | Monday, 27. May 2013

Negotiations with Assad the only option

Peace talks are the only option in this war, the left-liberal daily De Morgen writes: » more


Kurier - Austria | Monday, 27. May 2013

Blue helmet withdrawal from Golan would be fatal

Austria has threatened to withdraw its UN peace-keeping troops from the Golan Heights if the EU's arms embargo against Syria is lifted. In the territory annexed by Israel, UN soldiers have monitored the ceasefire between Israel and Syria since 1974. A withdrawal could have fatal consequences, the liberal daily Kurier fears: » more


Main focus of Monday, 13. May 2013

Turkey caught up in Syria conflict

Turkey has blamed the Syrian regime for Saturday's bomb attack in the Turkish border town of Reyhanlı, which claimed the lives of 46 people. Damascus ... » more


Radikal - Turkey | Monday, 13. May 2013

Assad not afraid of Ankara

Saturday's attack is the third on the Turkish-Syrian border since the civil war began. According to Cengiz Çandar, Middle East expert for the liberal daily Radikal, the Syrian regime feels free to attack Ankara because it doesn't believe the Turks will retaliate: » more


Main focus of Friday, 10. May 2013

Lowered expectations for Syria conference

Reports on an arms deal between Moscow and Damascus have lowered the expectations of a planned international Syria conference in May. After the foreign ministers ... » more


Milliyet - Turkey | Friday, 10. May 2013

Turkey poised to change its Syria policy

The rapprochement between the US and Russia on the Syria issue and concrete plans for an international conference will also influence Turkey's Syria policy, the liberal daily Milliyet predicts, seeing a chance that Turkey will give up its maximum demand: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Friday, 10. May 2013

Syria long since ceased to exist

There may be good will behind the plans of the US and Russia to hold a conference in which both the regime and opposition participate, but the reality of the situation is different, the liberal business paper Il Sole 24 Ore contends: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 10. May 2013

Intervention is Obama's only option

US President Barack Obama will have no choice but to intervene in Syria if he wants to put an end to the butchery there, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung concludes: » more


De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Tuesday, 7. May 2013

Israel provoking war in Middle East

According to the reports of Syrian opposition members, at least 42 soldiers of the Syrian government's troops were killed during Israel's air strikes on the weekend. The attack was mainly aimed at preventing Iran from supplying weapons to the Lebanese Hezbollah group. The left-liberal daily De Volkskrant warns that Israel may have opened up a new battlefield in the Syrian conflict: » more


Main focus of Monday, 6. May 2013

Israel attacks targets in Syria

The Israeli air force repeatedly bombarded targets near the Syrian capital Damascus on the weekend. According to security sources, the attacks are meant to prevent ... » more


ABC - Spain | Monday, 6. May 2013

Unintentional tailwind for Assad

The Israeli air strike against Syria helps Bashar al-Assad more than it helps the rebels, the conservative daily ABC fears: » more


De Morgen - Belgium | Monday, 6. May 2013

A self-serving unilateral attack

The attacks in Syria don't help Europe in its dilemma, the left-liberal daily De Morgen stresses: » more


Bild - Germany | Monday, 6. May 2013

Israel more courageous than the West

Contrary to the faint-hearted West, Israel is making a show of strength against Bashar al-Assad, the tabloid Bild writes in praise: » more


Sme - Slovakia | Monday, 29. April 2013

West faces tough decision in Syria

Despite continuing signs that chemical weapons are being deployed in Syria, the West is still acting with reserve. So far US President Barack Obama has merely demanded a thorough inquiry into the matter. There are enough reasons for caution, the liberal daily Sme contends: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, 24. April 2013

Israel anxious about chemical weapons in Syria

According to assessments by the Israeli military intelligence service, the Syrian regime has made use of the lethal nerve agent Sarin several times in recent weeks. The left-liberal daily Der Standard takes stock of this grave accusation: » more


De Morgen - Belgium | Thursday, 4. April 2013

Belgians couldn't care less about Syria

A relief action for victims of the civil war in Syria on Dutch television has met with little interest. But indifference is also rife in Belgium, the left-liberal daily De Morgen regrets: » more


Le Vif/L'Express - Belgium | Monday, 25. March 2013

Belgium's Syria policy contradictory

Belgium's "Task Force Syrie" convened for the first time on Monday. Created by Interior Minister Joëlle Miliquet, the task force aims to prevent more young Belgians from leaving to country to join the Syrian opposition forces in the fight against Bashar al-Assad. The weekly Le Vif/L'Express criticises the contradictions in Belgium's Syria policy: » more


Ouest-France - France | Monday, 18. March 2013

Better not to arm Syrian rebels

According to their own statements, France and Britain are considering sidestepping the EU weapons embargo for Syria and supplying arms and military equipment to the opposition. The regional daily Ouest France doubts that delivering weapons to the rebels will end the conflict: » more


Politiken - Denmark | Thursday, 28. February 2013

Arm moderate forces in Syria

Representatives of Western states, the Arab world and international organisations will convene today with representatives of the moderate Syrian opposition FSA in Rome, at a meeting of the so-called "Friends of Syria". The social-liberal daily Politiken calls for weapons deliveries and the involvement of moderate representatives of the Assad regime: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Friday, 1. February 2013

Israel's example could set precedent

Israel's air strike in Syria may have been justified, but the situation could escalate and encourage other states to intervene in their own interest, the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung fears: » more


Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Thursday, 31. January 2013

Israel gets ready for Assad's end

Israeli fighter jets bombarded a Syrian convoy near Damascus on Tuesday night, according to reports in the media. In the meantime the UN is discussing aid for the victims of the Syrian civil war at a donor conference in Kuwait. While Israel is getting ready to fight the international community is simply distributing plasters, the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino writes: » more


La Stampa - Italy | Wednesday, 16. January 2013

Syria conflict can't be solved with diplomacy

At least 80 people died and more than 160 were injured on Tuesday as a result of two explosions at Aleppo University. The international community is simply pinning its hopes on a diplomatic solution to the conflict even though such a solution is increasingly remote, the liberal daily La Stampa complains: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Tuesday, 8. January 2013

Assad reminiscent of Mubarak and Gaddafi

Assad's call for a final battle against the rebels is reminiscent of the rhetoric of the fallen dictators Hosni Mubarak and Muammar al-Gaddafi during their last days in power, the left-liberal daily Delo writes: » more


Main focus of Monday, 7. January 2013

Fighting words from Assad

In his first official speech since June, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday called on Syrians to fight against the rebels and promised his supporters ... » more


Sydsvenskan - Sweden | Monday, 7. January 2013

West must prepare to act on Syria

The international community must be prepared to intervene in Syria, the independent daily Sydsvenskan writes: » more


Dnevnik - Slovenia | Monday, 7. January 2013

President has no intention of giving up

Assad made it perfectly clear in his speech on Sunday that he intends to continue with the civil war to the bitter end, the left-liberal daily Dnevnik fears: » 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


Delfi - Latvia | Thursday, 6. December 2012

Arms build-up on Syrian border ill-advised

Following a request by Turkey, Nato decided on Tuesday to station patriot missiles on the Turkish-Syrian border. But this arms build-up is the wrong way to go, the news portal Delfi believes: » more


Público - Portugal | Wednesday, 5. December 2012

Much points to Assad's regime ending soon

The US announced on Monday that it would intervene in the Syria conflict if head of state Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against his own people. This and other factors points to Assad's regime soon ending, according to the liberal daily Público: » more


NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Friday, 23. November 2012

Patriots for loyal ally Turkey

Turkey on Wednesday formally requested the deployment of Nato Patriot missiles on its territory to protect its border with Syria. As well as the US ... » more


Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Wednesday, 14. November 2012

Fear of Islamists in Syria unwarranted

France and the US have recognised the newly-founded Syrian opposition front as a government in exile, while the EU and the Arab League have promised their support. In the Western media, by contrast, support for the rebels has dwindled owing to unfounded fears regarding Islamists, the daily Tages-Anzeiger comments: » more


Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Tuesday, 30. October 2012

Europe must help Syrian refugees

According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), as many as 700,000 people could be fleeing Syria by the end of the year. Sweden must be better prepared for taking in Syrian refugees and other EU states must become more involved, the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter urges: » more


Main focus of Monday, 22. October 2012

Syria conflict threatens Lebanon

During the funeral of the senior Lebanese intelligence officer Wissam al-Hassan, who was killed last Friday, thousands of people gathered on Sunday in Beirut to ... » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Monday, 22. October 2012

Acute threat of widespread conflict

The Syrian civil war threatens to spread in the wake of the violent riots in neighbouring Lebanon, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica fears: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 22. October 2012

Once more a Syrian puppet state

The deadly attack on senior intelligence officer Wissam al-Hassan could turn Lebanon into a Syrian marionette once more, the left-liberal Süddeutsche Zeitung fears: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Monday, 22. October 2012

New war inevitable

A new war in Lebanon is unavoidable because there are too many parties in the region that would benefit from it, the left-liberal daily Delo fears: » more


Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, 15. October 2012

Ankara helpless in Syria conflict

The conflict between Syria and Turkey is coming to a head, the liberal daily Tages-Anzeiger worries. Nevertheless, as far as the newspaper is concerned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's shrill rhetoric is "rather a sign of perplexity than a demonstration of Turkey's determination to take unilateral military action against Syria. ... Erdoğan accuses the United Nations of idleness, drawing parallels with the world's wait-and-see attitude during the Bosnia war 20 years ago. That exemplifies what the prime minister wants: » more


Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Thursday, 11. October 2012

Turkey playing with fire

After Turkish fighter jets forced a Syrian passenger plane to land in Ankara, tensions between the two countries have mounted. According to the Turkish Foreign Ministry the plane, which was flying from Moscow, was carrying military supplies. Syria's Transport Ministry has denied the claims and accused Turkey of "air piracy". Turkey's approach is extremely risky, the left-liberal daily Tagesspiegel warns: » more


Main focus of Monday, 8. October 2012

Fresh fighting between Syria and Turkey

The confrontations in the border region between Syria and Turkey continue. There was at least one more shelling attack by Syria near the Turkish town ... » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Monday, 8. October 2012

Erdoğan and Assad united in weakness

The border conflict between Syria and Turkey threatens to turn into a gruelling confrontation because from a strategic point of view both sides have their hands tied, the liberal-conservative business paper Il Sole 24 Ore notes: » more


La Vanguardia - Spain | Monday, 8. October 2012

Assad's vice president could resolve conflict

Vice President Faruk al-Shara taking over power and the negotiation of a caretaker government under his aegis could be the way to settle the Syrian conflict, the liberal daily La Vanguardia writes supporting the corresponding initiative from Turkey: » more


Sme - Slovakia | Monday, 8. October 2012

West won't support Turkey

The West is supporting Turkey only half-heartedly because if the latter gains more power the region will be further destabilised, the liberal daily Sme writes: » more


Main focus of Friday, 5. October 2012

Turkey dragged into Syria conflict

The Turkish parliament on Thursday approved military intervention in Syria. The decision came after several Turkish civilians died on Wednesday as a result of Syria's ... » more


Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Friday, 5. October 2012

Nato collective action unlikely

An attack on a Nato member can trigger the so-called casus foederis, or collective action. But there is little chance of that in the conflict between Syria and Turkey, the conservative daily Lidové noviny comments: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Friday, 5. October 2012

Escalation not in Ankara's interest

The understandable Turkish military reaction to the attacks on its territory does not mean Ankara is ready to let the conflict escalate needlessly, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung contends: » more


El País - Spain | Friday, 5. October 2012

Time to intervene with or without UN

Now that the conflict in Syria has crossed the Turkish-Syrian border the left-liberal daily El País urges the international community to finally intervene: » more


Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Thursday, 4. October 2012

Russia must put pressure on Assad now

The death of Turkish civilians puts Syria's allies like Russia and Iran in a tight spot, writes the left-liberal daily the Tagesspiegel and calls for the pressure on Syria to be increased: » 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


Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 17. September 2012

Pope lacks courage to tell truth

At the end of his three-day visit to Lebanon on Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI called for a halt to the violence in neighbouring Syria. The conservative daily Lidové noviny feels the Pontiff could have shown more courage: » more


Le Soir - Belgium | Thursday, 6. September 2012

Western passivity weakens rebels

The violent conflict between Syrian rebels and the Assad regime is entering its second year. Yet the international community is still refusing to supply the rebels with weapons, allegedly because it is afraid that they could fall into the hands of extremists. This is just a flimsy excuse, the left-liberal daily Le Soir writes critically: » more


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 31. August 2012

Mursi driving Iran into isolation

With his criticism Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi has prevented the Iranian leadership from using his presence at the summit for propaganda purposes, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung comments with relief, hoping this will prompt action on Syria: » more


La Stampa - Italy | Monday, 27. August 2012

Assad gets a new boost

According to rebel reports from Syria, more than 200 people were killed in a new massacre in a Damascus suburb on Saturday night. The photos provided to back up these reports are however far from irrefutable, writes the liberal daily La Stampa, noting that the only thing that is clear now is that Assad's regime has acted with fresh impetus in recent days: » more


La Stampa - Italy | Friday, 24. August 2012

Domenico Quirico on the parallels between the Syria conflict and the Spanish Civil War

At their meeting on Thursday in Berlin German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande called on the UN Security Council to finally adopt the 'necessary resolutions' in view of the humanitarian situation in Syria. Nothing but empty phrases, Domenico Quirico, an expert on international relations, writes indignantly in the liberal daily La Stampa, noting that the West is guilty of standing by impassively as it did in 1936 with the Spanish Civil War: » more


Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Wednesday, 22. August 2012

Obama takes on Assad

US President Barack Obama has threatened Damascus with military intervention if it resorts to the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict. In the eyes of the liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias Obama was right to send a clear message: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, 15. August 2012

Bernard-Henri Lévy calls for military intervention in Syria

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation voted by a large majority to suspend Syria on Wednesday night. Philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy calls on the West to finally intervene in the conflict in an article published in the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 16. August 2012

Plight of refugees fosters radicalism

More than 60,000 Syrians are estimated to have fled the civil war to neighbouring Turkey, and roughly twice that number to Jordan. Providing help for the refugees in their tent camps is not just a moral imperative but also a matter of self-interest, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung argues: » more


Sme - Slovakia | Tuesday, 14. August 2012

No-fly zone in Syria too dangerous for the West

In view of the heavy fighting over the Syrian economic hub Aleppo, the rebels once again demanded a no-fly zone on Monday. But the chances of that going through are slim because Syria is not at all comparable to Libya writes the liberal daily Sme: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, 9. August 2012

Sarkozy makes Hollande look bad

The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy called for resolute action from the international community regarding Syria. This first public statement since Sarkozy's election defeat in May 2012 heralds his return to politics and is an attack on his successor François Hollande, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung comments: » more


ABC - Spain | Tuesday, 7. August 2012

Prime Minister's desertion heralds end of Assad

Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Farid Hijab fled the country on Monday and announced his defection to the rebels. In the eyes of the conservative daily ABC this is a further sign that the end of the Syrian dictatorship is drawing closer: » more


Main focus of Monday, 6. August 2012

Syrian rebels kidnap Iranians

Syrian rebels apparently abducted 48 Iranians on Saturday. According to reports from a Saudi broadcaster, the captives are members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Iranian ... » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Saturday, 4. August 2012

The three wars in Syria

Three wars are raging in Syria, writes the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung: » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Monday, 6. August 2012

Tehran doesn't want to lose Damascus

The abduction of 48 Iranians in Syria shows that Tehran is doing everything it can to avoid losing Damascus, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica writes: » more


Libération - France | Sunday, 5. August 2012

International community must help opposition

The situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo is coming to a head: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 6. August 2012

Ties to Iran will be Assad's downfall

Assad's regime is locked in a firm embrace with Iran that in the end will be its downfall, the left-liberal daily Der Standard comments: » more


Salzburger Nachrichten - Austria | Friday, 3. August 2012

Annan's resignation a disgrace for UN

Kofi Annan on Thursday announced his resignation as the joint special envoy to Syria of the UN and the Arab League. Annan's mission is not only a failure, it has also aided the Assad regime, the Christian-liberal daily Salzburger Nachrichten comments: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, 31. July 2012

West must prevent wildfire in Middle East

In view of the ongoing conflict in Syria UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday warned of the danger of a religiously motivated civil war spreading and posing a serious threat to neighbouring countries. The West needs to prevent this wildfire with a plan for the time after Assad's fall, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera writes: » more


Večer - Slovenia | Monday, 30. July 2012

Syria: international community dances bloody tango

Syrian government troops stepped up the attack on the commercial capital Aleppo over the weekend. The International Red Cross and the Red Crescent Movement estimate that roughly 200,000 people have already fled the city. The conservative daily Večer condemns the inaction of the international community: » more


Lietuvos rytas - Lithuania | Thursday, 26. July 2012

Russia aggravates conflict in Syria

The civil war in Syria is a catastrophe and Russia is only making it worse, writes liberal daily Lietuvos rytas: » more


El País - Spain | Thursday, 26. July 2012

Conflict becomes war of religions in Syria

The West must intervene in Syria to prevent a power vacuum, warns the left-liberal daily El País, and points out that the conflict in Syria is increasingly turning into a war between religious communities: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Thursday, 26. July 2012

Syria's international civil war

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's appeal to the international community is urgently needed because the war in Syria is on the verge of spreading to other countries, writes the liberal-conservative business paper Il Sole 24 Ore : » more


The Independent - United Kingdom | Thursday, 26. July 2012

Change impossible with Assad

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad should recognise that he cannot hold onto power and start talks about stepping down, as the US has suggested, according to left-liberal The Independent: » more


Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Tuesday, 24. July 2012

Washington already preparing to topple Assad

US President Barack Obama has issued a warning to Syria about committing the "tragic mistake" of using chemical weapons. Behind the scenes, however the US has long been pulling strings to "gently" topple Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, according to the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino: » more


Le Nouvel Observateur - France | Saturday, 21. July 2012

War ships secure French jobs

The French UN representative accused Russia on Thursday of being an accessory to the Assad regime. But the contract for the delivery of ultra-modern war ships to Moscow, which still holds, shows that the French government has not acted on its word, admonishes Vincent Jauvert in his blog Affaires étrangères in Le Nouvel Observateur magazine: » more


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

Conflict in Syria reaches turning point

The bomb attack on members of President Bashar al-Assad's inner circle has hit the Syrian government on a sore spot, the left-liberal daily The Guardian comments. Now representatives of Syrian society must slowly but surely prepare for a change of government: » more


Main focus of Thursday, 19. July 2012

Attack rocks Assad's power base

For the first time since the start of the revolt in Syria, rebels have succeeded in killing members of the Assad regime. The defence minister, ... » more


La Stampa - Italy | Thursday, 19. July 2012

Are Syria and Bulgaria related?

Shortly after Wednesday's attack on close confidantes of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, a bomb attack in Bulgaria killed several Israeli tourists. The two incidents may be connected, which could mean the Syria crisis spreading like wildfire, the liberal daily La Stampa warns: » more


El País - Spain | Thursday, 19. July 2012

Weakened regime could use poison gas

The rebels' successful bomb attack on Wednesday has further dented the confidence of the Syrian regime, the left-liberal daily El País notes, concluding that this could push the government troops to take extreme action and use chemical weapons: » more


L'Express - France | Wednesday, 18. July 2012

No solution without Russia

The bomb attack that killed three top aides to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday was only a partial victory because the international community has still failed to achieve a diplomatic victory over Russia, according to the liberal weekly L'Express. This week Russia reconfirmed its veto against a resolution in the UN Security Council. The magazine comments: » more


Diena - Latvia | Thursday, 19. July 2012

Only intervention can end violence in Syria

Since Wednesday's attack on key figures of Bashar al-Assad's regime in Damascus the president has little hope of maintaining his grip on power, writes the liberal daily Diena, but adds that the bloodshed in Syria will continue if the West doesn't resort to military force: » more


Vilniaus diena - Lithuania | Tuesday, 17. July 2012

Syria must not become second Iraq

Against the backdrop of continued fighting in Syria and the failed attempts at mediation in Russia and China the daily Vilniaus diena warns of a potential scenario like that in Iraq: » more


Main focus of Monday, 16. July 2012

New UN initiative in Syria conflict

The United Nations has upped pressure on Russia and China over the conflict in Syria. So far the two countries have blocked stricter sanctions against ... » more


La Stampa - Italy | Sunday, 15. July 2012

Putin's cynical strategy on Syria

The UN special envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, is visiting Moscow today, Monday, to negotiate a peace plan with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. A meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin is planned for Tuesday. This is a pointless mission because the West has nothing to offer Putin in exchange for relaxing his position, writes the liberal daily La Stampa: » more


Libération - France | Monday, 16. July 2012

Assad system hinders change of power

Assad's system of governing is responsible for the fact that Syria has not been able to follow the example of Tunisia or Egypt, writes the left-liberal daily Libération: » more


Večer - Slovenia | Monday, 16. July 2012

Srebrenica repeating itself in Syria

The recent massacre in the Syrian village of Tremseh, in which more than 150 people are said to have been killed, is further proof that a second Srebrenica is taking place in Syria, writes the conservative daily Večer: » more


De Morgen - Belgium | Tuesday, 3. July 2012

Russia and China ignore torture in Syria

In a report published on Tuesday the organisation Human Rights Watch has accused Syria's leadership under President Bashar al-Assad of systematic torture. Europe's sanctions will be ineffectual as long as Russia and China refuse to turn their back on Assad, writes the left-liberal daily De Morgen: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Monday, 2. July 2012

Syria conference sign of hope

At its meeting in Geneva on Saturday, the conference of the Action Group on Syria agreed on plans for a potential transition government in Syria which would include the present government and opposition. While the Syrian opposition has rejected the proposal, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung sees in it a glimmer of hope: » more


Avvenire - Italy | Wednesday, 27. June 2012

No one wants Nato mission in Syria

Nato on Tuesday condemned the shooting down of a Turkish fighter jet by Syria last Friday, but did not pledge to give Turkey military support. Meanwhile Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has openly threatened Syria with retaliatory strikes. Ankara is flexing its muscles but it will never convince the international community to go beyond verbal agreement, the Catholic daily Avvenire writes: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, 27. June 2012

Conflict between Turkey and Syria set to escalate

After a Turkish military aircraft was shot down on the coast of Syria a military escalation of the situation seems increasingly likely, the left-liberal daily Der Standard fears, and warns of clashes in the border area separating Turkey and Syria: » 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Politiken - Denmark | Tuesday, 29. May 2012

EU and Moscow need to act

Following the massacre in Houla that was played out before the eyes of UN observers, the left-liberal daily Politiken calls above all on the EU and Russia to press ahead with a solution to the Syria conflict: » 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


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 29. May 2012

Annan's pointless peace plan

The massacre of more than 100 people in the Syrian town of Houla has rendered UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan meaningless, writes the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung: » 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


Le Nouvel Observateur - France | Sunday, 15. April 2012

Hypocritical UN observer mission in Syria

The UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously passed a resolution to send unarmed observers to Syria to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire. This mission is nothing more than an alibi for the West, the left-liberal weekly Le Nouvel Observateur writes disparagingly: » more


Dnevnik - Slovenia | Friday, 13. April 2012

Syria is like Bosnia

Peace is still a long way off in Syria despite the ceasefire, the left-liberal daily Dnevnik comments, drawing parallels with the War in Bosnia: » more


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 13. April 2012

Integrate the many-voiced opposition

The post-Assad era in Syria must allow for the participation of all of the various social forces in the country, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes commenting on the ceasefire: » more


El País - Spain | Friday, 13. April 2012

Assad must resign

The ceasefire in Syria is so unstable that the US and Europe urgently need to draw up a plan in case it fails, writes the left-liberal daily El País: » more


Público - Portugal | Wednesday, 11. April 2012

António Vitorino and Vaira Vike-Freiberga on the EU's little big states

In recent months amidst the euro crisis Germany has been accused of dictating Europe's policies. This may be partially true as regards the efforts to fight the euro crisis but when it comes to European foreign policy the small EU states are coming into their own, write the Portuguese ex-EU commissioner António Vitorino and the Latvian ex-president Vaira Vike-Freiberga in the daily Público: » 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Wednesday, 14. March 2012

There are despots outside of Africa too

Critics accuse the International Criminal Court (ICC) of concentrating too much on African countries. The court is nevertheless a success, writes the left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau: » 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


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


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


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


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


Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, 22. February 2012

Israeli plans for Iran attack should be divulged

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu complained to the US government on Monday about the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, who during an interview expressed doubts about the wisdom of Israel launching a military attack against Iran. Instead of strategising Israel should be open and above all realistic about potential scenarios of attack, the left-liberal daily Der Standard asserts: » 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


Le Figaro - France | Sunday, 5. February 2012

Russia's Cold-War strategy for Syria

Russia and China opposed a resolution on Saturday in the UN Security Council meant to end the bloody suppression of the Syrian opposition and bring about the resignation of dictator Bashar al-Assad. With this strategy reminiscent of the Cold War era Russia is merely trying to regain its lost power, the conservative daily Le Figaro affirms: » 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


The Times - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 18. January 2012

Lexicon operators react arbitrarily

By closing down its English version Wikipedia has acted arbitrarily and done a disservice to millions of users, writes the conservative daily The Times: » 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


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


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


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


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


 

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