Navigation

 

Society

1-10 by 47 | Page 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 5 . next  »

SOCIETY

De Morgen - Belgium | 25/11/2014

Belgians won't let austerity plan go through

The Belgian unions called on Monday for a general strike against the government's austerity plans. The left-liberal daily De Morgen looks into why the protests continue unabated: "There is simply no moral or ethical justification for the fact that the low and middle income groups have to bear the brunt of almost all the measures while the large fortunes - and above all the profits made on them - remain untouched. ... Now that the [Christian Democratic governing party] CD&V has gone along with the unions in their protest against the unequal distribution of the burden, hopes that the protests will peter out after the Christmas holidays are nothing more than wishful thinking. ... After Luxembourg Leaks we're living in a different world. Now the reality of unfair distribution is firmly anchored in the social consciousness." (25/11/2014)

Corriere della Sera - Italy | 25/11/2014

Erdoğan's religious zeal endangering Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has rejected gender equality saying that equality between men and women was 'against nature' at a summit on Monday. Unbelievable, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera comments: "In a Europe that is forgetting its roots anything goes nowadays - even a Turkey that is drifting further and further towards religious fundamentalism at the behest of its all-powerful president. We are dealing with a country that no longer needs to preserve the appearance of separation between church and state. ... The times when Turkey was knocking on the EU's door are over. Only the IS threat prevents Erdoğan from steering the country towards radical Islamism. Rejection of gender equality is the simplest way to profess his new devotion to religious principles. It costs him nothing because no one will demand sanctions for this latest insult." (25/11/2014)

Kristeligt Dagblad - Denmark | 25/11/2014

Don't play down Islam as a source of violence

Radical Islamist al-Shabaab militants have claimed responsibility for a bus attack In Kenya in which all 28 passengers who could not read from the Koran were killed. Reason enough for the Christian daily Kristeligt Dagblad to question certain assumptions in media reporting: "Although the criminals themselves admitted they committed their bestial acts in the name of Islam, Western commentators tend to give a purely materialistic explanation for these atrocities, blaming them on economic inequalities or social problems, and not on the religion itself. ... That's like saying the Crusades had nothing to do with Christianity. Of course they did. That doesn't mean all Christians are like the Crusaders, and of course not all Muslims stand for the excesses of the islamic terrorist organisations. But everyone should recognise that religion plays an increasingly large role in the conflicts of this world." (25/11/2014)

24 Chasa - Bulgaria | 22/11/2014

Game over for Bulgarian patients

Bulgaria's Healthcare Minister Peter Moskov announced a healthcare reform in which all state insured patients receive a limited package of medical services last Thursday. It looks like Moskov has been playing too many computer games, the daily newspaper 24 Chasa comments jokingly: "Because his reform is suspiciously similar to the notorious first-person shooter games where you fight against various opponents and have several lives. Once you've used up all your lives it's 'Game over!'. Now this is how it will be in real life. For example you get two times pneumonia, eight times the flu and one breast cancer on the house. But what if someone has the temerity to get infected with Ebola? Who's going to foot the bill? Or what about those who have the cheek to have a chronic disease? ... They'll have no choice but to put out ads like: 'Swap three times pneumonia and a flu treatment for a course of radiotherapy." (22/11/2014)

Lapin Kansa - Finland | 24/11/2014

High time for gay marriage in Finland

The Finnish parliament is due to vote on a draft law for putting same-sex marriages on par with heterosexual marriages. This would also give same-sex couples the right to adopt children. The step is long overdue, writes the liberal daily Lapin Kansa: "The opponents of the law generally argue that marriage is a bond between a man and woman. They see the law as a threat and point out that a child needs a mother and a father. ... Isn't it more important for a child to have a home where it feels safe and loved? ... Finland, one of the first countries to give women the right to vote, is the only Nordic country where the law on equal rights for same-sex marriages hasn't yet been passed. The MPs will decide on the law according to what their consciences tell them but in truth this is a human right. It's about all citizens being equal before the law." (24/11/2014)

The Observer - United Kingdom | 23/11/2014

UK should learn immigration policy from Obama

US President Barack Obama on Thursday announced plans for an executive order which would give legal status to five million illegal immigrants. The US leader is taking a far more reasonable stance than the British Conservative and Labour parties, the left-liberal Sunday paper The Observer believes: "In contrast, the British mainstream has implicitly signed up to the Ukip worldview: its stereotype of immigrant scroungers and its belief that unchecked immigration is one of the biggest problems facing Britain. This flies in the face of the evidence, which points to the fact that EU migrants put in more than they take out financially; that they use public services less than British citizens because many leave their families at home; and that the proportion of jobless EU migrants is tiny." (23/11/2014)

Taraf - Turkey | 21/11/2014

Gezi referendum only democratic at first glance

Istanbul's mayor Kadir Topbaş announced on Wednesday a referendum on the future of Gezi Park. But that sounds more democratic than it really is, the liberal daily Taraf observes: "In a vote it's essential that voters are informed by the authorities about what is being voted on. ... In developed democracies decisions that affect the public are made only after an analysis of the effects. We know only too well how much the government dreads such mechanisms, and what it does to prevent them. ... Therefore we shouldn't get all excited and let ourselves be fooled as soon as we hear the word 'referendum'." (21/11/2014)

Nasz Dziennik - Poland | 21/11/2014

More rights for Poles in Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Polish Prime Minister Ewa Popacz praised German-Polish cooperation in the Polish city of Krzyżowa in Lower Silesia on Thursday. The occasion was the celebrations marking the anniversary of the "Reconciliation Mass" which took place there 25 years ago. In reality there's not so much substance to the German-Polish friendship, the national-Catholic daily Nasz Dziennik writes: "True, in formal terms German-Polish relations don't look bad at all. ... But this commemoration ceremony should give us pause for deeper reflection. ... One important problem is the status of the many Poles who live in Germany. These people's rights are in no way comparable with those of the German minority in Poland [for example in terms of financial aid for culture]. Berlin strictly refuses to treat the Poles living in Germany according to the principle of reciprocity." (21/11/2014)

The Times - United Kingdom | 20/11/2014

Pub landlords must be free to choose beers

The British House of Commons introduced a bill in parliament on Tuesday which would allow pub landlords to purchase their beer on the market rather than having to pay the higher prices dictated by the breweries that lease them the pub premises. The conservative daily The Times welcomes this step toward liberalisation and hopes that smaller pubs in particular will benefit: "Some pubs will close if the Bill passes, but even if the most extravagant warnings came true, the losses would amount to 2.8 per cent of Britain's pubs. That would be sad, but nothing like so bad as the malaise that has taken hold of the trade over the past 20 years, and a price worth paying to set the whole business on a sounder footing. … There are too many parts of the economy that get clogged up when large chains are able to dictate terms to the small traders who depend on them for their livelihoods. … Cutting the beer tie would slowly bring back market forces to a sector that is sclerotic and skewed, and bring hope to others snared in the coils of oligopoly." (20/11/2014)

Magyar Nemzet - Hungary | 19/11/2014

Demonstrators threaten Orbán's achievements

More than ten thousand people gathered in Budapest on Monday to demand among other things Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's resignation. The pro-government daily Magyar Nemzet sees the demonstrators as a confused mob that wants to destroy the Orbán government's achievements: "A new, discontented movement prone to confused thinking and anarchy has stepped onto the political stage. This movement poses a threat, not just to the government but to the left-liberal opposition. ... Last week's rallies never had the intention of providing an alternative to the government but were aimed at weakening the 'regime' and undermining Orbán's consolidation of the country. The government, in its wisdom, is now called on to take the wind out of the demonstrators' sails and prevent the wave of anger from spilling over in to other sections of society." (19/11/2014)


1-10 by 47 | Page 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 5 . next  »

Other content