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Pravda - Slovakia | 26/11/2015

Exodus to Europe: Fears of anti-Semitism justified

In an interview on Monday Josef Schuster, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, voiced the concerns within his community about the growing number of refugees from Muslim countries. The centre-left daily Pravda shares his concerns: "Schuster has clearly expressed the fears in the Jewish community into clear words. If a person grows up and lives with the image of Israel and the Jews as enemies for 20 or 30 years, he's not going to forget all this when he crosses into Germany. This isn't about imaginary fears, but about facts. ... You have to ask whether such fears aren't justified, and if it wouldn't be better to carefully consider who you take in and who you don't. Particularly, Schuster went on to say, as the same applies regarding attitudes to the equality of women and the rights of homosexuals. After all, we must not lose our freedom in Europe." (26/11/2015)

Karjalainen - Finland | 26/11/2015

Exodus to Europe: Finnish berrries can promote integration

Many of those who helped harvest Finnland's berry crop, which was particularly plentiful this year, were foreigners. This shows that berry picking is a good way to integrate migrants, the liberal daily Karjalainen points out: "Without foreign pickers the Finnish berry processing industry would collapse. This year there weren't even any major conflicts between professional pickers and hobby pickers because the harvest was particularly large. There were enough berries for everyone, and on top of that 87 percent of the crop remained in the forests - leaving plenty for the animals. ... Migrants should be trained in berry picking. Under the guidance of Finnish supervisors berry picking would be an excellent integration tool, providing the chance for migrants to pick up the language while making a living in the process." (26/11/2015)

Novi list - Croatia | 25/11/2015

Exodus to Europe: Imported anti-Semitism not the problem

In Germany the president of the Central Council of Jews, Josef Schuster, has called for tighter controls on immigration and in Vienna the president of the Jewish Community of Austria, Oskar Deutsch, has warned of a rise in anti-Semitism because of the refugees. Schuster and Deutsch are overlooking the real problem, the centre-left daily Novi list laments: "It's sad that the supposed anti-Semitism of the refugees is perceived as more real and more dangerous than the neo-Nazism that shows itself on a daily basis and whose supporters hate Muslims and Jews equally, because they don't want to see them in 'clean, white and Catholic Europe'. And incidentally, wasn't it in just such circles that the craziest theories emerged about a 'Jewish-Muslim' conspiracy after the Charlie Hebdo massacre? These obscure figures will no doubt be delighted to see the presidents of the German and Austrian Jewish organisations speaking out against taking in more refugees." (25/11/2015)

The Evening Standard - United Kingdom | 25/11/2015

Jihadism an expression of masculinity crisis

The motives of Islamic terrorists like the Paris attackers are to be sought not only in their religious fanaticism but also - and above all - in their personal psychological problems, comments the conservative daily The Evening Standard: "IS has risen amid a mess of sectarian, regional, ethnic, economic and religious rivalries. But there's also a deep crisis of masculinity within the fighters themselves. It seems dimly obvious to point out that all of the murderers in Paris were young Muslim men. While the 'Muslim' part tends to inspire the inflammatory headlines, the 'young men' part is no less significant. The attacks bore many similarities with American high school massacres, always committed by lonely male outsiders translating feelings of rejection into desperate bids for notoriety." (25/11/2015)

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | 25/11/2015

Exodus to Europe: Tougher asylum rules won't solve the problem

The red-green government in Sweden announced the introduction of more stringent asylum rules on Tuesday. The rights of family members to join their relatives in Sweden will be restricted, as will the issue of permanent residency permits. This won't solve the problem, the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter warns: "On the one hand the government's anti-crisis measures, which reduce asylum to a minimum from one day to the next, are drastic. They will hinder integration. On the other hand there are fewer and fewer options. … It's still not clear how the EU will deal with the crisis and what will happen with Schengen cooperation. Much depends on how Copenhagen reacts. Perhaps we will now get a reprieve. But in the coming years integration will remain a big challenge for the government. Major job and housing market reforms are needed." (25/11/2015)

Neatkarīgā - Latvia | 24/11/2015

Exodus to Europe: Latvian villagers challenge politicians

The inhabitants of Mucenieki, the village where Latvia's only refugee centre is located, have sent a letter to Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma requesting a meeting. The national-conservative daily Neatkarīgā supports the initiative: "My dear villagers, thank you for this letter to the prime minister! In view of the government's plans [to take in 737 refugees], it concerns each and every one of us: every community and every city. The Latvian test balloon is rising above the village of Mucenieki. Here we will discover what kind of system we need for refugees to protect the local inhabitants from inconveniences and risks. ... The contents of the letter show that the government has done nothing in recent years as regards asylum seekers. ... Latvia is like a primitive organism, like a worm: only when you touch it with a stick does it start to squirm." (24/11/2015) - Greece | 24/11/2015

Cypriots want reunification at last

In addition to German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his British counterpart Philip Hammond, several high-ranking UN representatives have visited Cyprus in recent months. But it is not only the international community that is hoping for a peaceful solution for the divided island, the liberal website Protagon observes: "The change of stance among a large section of the population is a positive development. This time it seems ready to bear the consequences of a compromise. For the first time it looks like the majority has realised that the advantages of a solution are greater than what a non-solution offers. They see that without a solution it will be harder to make the most of the hydrocarbon resources, that a solution on both sides would boost tourism and that the geopolitical unrest in the region is facilitating the creation of a stable and prosperous united state that can profit - as a whole - from its geographic position and membership of the EU." (24/11/2015)

Slobodna Dalmacija - Croatia | 24/11/2015

Only Muslims become terrorists nowadays

Those who explain terrorism as the result of failed integration are ignoring the facts, the liberal daily Slobodna Dalmacija argues: "This terrorism doesn't only happen in European cities, but also in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, Nigeria, Kenya, Mali, Bosnia, etc. ... The terrorists in Paris, London and Madrid are often born, educated and employed in these very cities. What's more, this terrorism is never seen among immigrants from Italy, Croatia, India, Brazil or Portugal, some of whom are integrated and some of whom are not. ... True, not all Muslims are terrorists, but all the terrorists of this new wave of violence are Muslims. You can't deny that this is a war of religion and civilisation on the part of radical Muslims, waged against Christians and other non-Muslims." (24/11/2015) - Lithuania | 24/11/2015

Exodus to Europe: Lithuanians must integrate themselves first

According to a current survey by the opinion research institute Spinter tyrimai, sixty percent of Lithuanians are against the country taking in refugees. This shows the country's citizens aren't mature enough to be part of Europe, the monthly magazine IQ contends: "Now that Europe is in the grips of an almost unmanageable refugee crisis, for the first time [since joining the EU] we have the opportunity to play the role not only of recipient but also of donor. This is a unique opportunity for us to come across as strong and self-assured. ... Almost 27 percent of the population is for taking in refugees, while only 17 percent says this would be an expression of humanity and solidarity with Europe. The rest hope that the foreigners won't stay here for long. ... That only allows one conclusion: first of all thousands of Lithuanians need to integrate [into Europe], because their superstition and fear are preventing them from feeling the compassion and humanity that are part and parcel of the European's DNA." (24/11/2015)

Hotnews - Romania | 24/11/2015

Romania's enemy doesn't wear a suicide vest

Romanian-style terrorism takes the form of omnipresent corruption, the news portal Hotnews writes: "The terrorist next door doesn't carry any automatic weapons or bombs, and he doesn't wear a suicide vest. Nevertheless everything he does is dynamite for the state and for the people who put their trust in it. ... Even today our judges, police, mayors and politicians demand bribes. In recent years it has become increasingly clear that no one can escape the investigators of the anti-corruption authority DNA, but nevertheless we live with the terror of widespread corruption. ... For decades the Western states will have to fight the hidden threat from terrorists who grew up in their suburbs and spread terror in the heart of the nation. Romania too will have to fight for at least one generation until the terrorist next door is a thing of the past." (24/11/2015)

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