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El País - Spain | 30/11/2015

Javier Solana on eco-friendly urban planning

Around 70 percent of the emissions causing the greenhouse effect are generated in major cities, former EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana points out in the centre-left daily El País and stresses the importance of efficient city planning: "The form cities take will be decisive both for their emissions and the economy. A study on Atlanta and Barcelona demonstrates this. The two cities have a similar number of residents, but Atlanta has a built-up area nearly 12 times larger than Barcelona's, and Atlanta's transport-related carbon-dioxide emissions exceed Barcelona's by a factor of six. For this reason and in view of the growth of new cities in emerging or developing nations, urban planning plays a vital role. If compact, well-connected models are implemented - ones that combat urban sprawl and reduce the use of private vehicles -  carbon emissions levels, traffic and air pollution can be reduced. Moreover, studies show that efficient urban planning could reduce capital requirements for urban infrastructure by more than 3 trillion dollars over the next 15 years." (30/11/2015)

Expresso - Portugal | 28/11/2015

Daniel Oliveira on terror hysteria in Europe

Since the Paris attacks a security hysteria has taken hold in Europe, columnist Daniel Oliveira observes in the liberal weekly Expresso and warns of the consequences: "I can't remember any city in the US looking after 9/11 like Brussels looks these days. The climate of hysteria in Europe perfectly reflects its political weakness. The EU member states are caught up in a seemingly endless race with each other on security policy - because there seems to be no one in either the opposition or in civil society capable of conducting a sensible debate on this issue. The media massacre that has gone on for 15 days now is preventing such a debate. No one is stopping to think; and amidst all the emotion and fear those who do don't say what they really think out of fear. … It was in just such a climate that the Guantánamo prison camp where highly illegal detainments were carried out was set up, in which allies were spied on and the Patriot Act approved - and in which the chaos was planted in Iraq that made the birth and growth of the IS at all possible." (28/11/2015)

Die Presse - Austria | 26/11/2015

Nina Khrushcheva on reconciliation with Russia

Political scientist Nina L. Khrushcheva, granddaughter of the former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, calls on the West to seize the chance for reconciliation with Russian President Vladimir Putin: "The US and its European allies have suddenly gained a great deal of leverage over the Kremlin, and they should not be shy about using it. While the West should not be quick to lift its sanctions - the dispute over Crimea is unlikely to be resolved quickly - harnessing the Kremlin's desire to be recognized as a major global power is a sound strategy. ... If Putin is willing to create some goodwill by cooperating in Ukraine, the West should consider offering some small concessions in return. Russia's participation in the battle against the Islamic State - and its return to the rule-abiding ranks of the international community - may be worth the price." (26/11/2015)

El País - Spain | 23/11/2015

Lluís Bassets on history repeating itself in the war on terror

Europe must not repeat the mistakes made after 9/11 in the war on terror, warns Lluís Bassets in his blog with the centre-left daily El País: "Everything that is happening now has happened before. As if he were reading a script written by someone else, François Hollande seems to be following the same steps George W. Bush took 14 years ago. And not just the president, but all France, Europe and the world are confronted with a horror film, a nightmare with which we are already familiar - and we run the risk of repeating the same mistakes. … If the global war on terror really was a war, fourteen years later it seems clear that we are losing it. The mistakes made back then explain today's disasters, so if we repeat them we will be deepening the rifts that will be our downfall tomorrow. … The real strength of the Islamic State - its territory, the weapons it seizes from dismantled armies and the many warriors it recruits - are the result of three Arab states being destroyed since 2003 without plans or resources for the construction of stable alternative structures being provided." (23/11/2015)

Corriere della Sera - Italy | 23/11/2015

Ernesto Galli della Loggia on Europe's attempts to hide its powerlessness

The reaction to the Paris attacks has been marked by unbearable myth-making, historian Ernesto Galli della Loggia criticises in the conservative-liberal daily Corriere della Sera: "The terrorists' goal of killing as many people as possible, leading them to target public places, has been interpreted as an attack on our lifestyle. As if going to concerts and restaurants was purely our preserve and not something the rest of the world, including the Islamic countries, also do. … And then there's the youth. Here, too, an entirely unrealistic myth has been created in an attempt at consoling ourselves: a society of old people with a plunging birth rate does indeed have a structure that puts the young at a disadvantage in every respect. Yet that very same society is suddenly identifying with its youth - who were the victims of the attacks, for sure, but more by chance. … In fact the entire narrative in the media about what has happened and is happening in France and elsewhere seems to have the function of an exorcism. It is aimed at driving away the state of bewilderment in which this inexplicable violence has left us Western Europeans." (23/11/2015)

El País - Spain | 23/11/2015

Timothy Garton Ash on Cameron's dilemma

The problem with British Prime Minister David Cameron's demands to the EU lies less in their content than in the way he is presenting them, writes historian Timothy Garton Ash in the centre-left daily El País: "The trouble is the context, the sense that the UK is only looking to its own narrow interests - its entire policy dictated by pressure from Eurosceptics at home, while the rest of Europe faces this existential crisis. To win maximum support from his European partners, Cameron needs to show them that he cares about the fate of Europe, not just of Britain; but that is precisely what his Eurosceptic backbenchers, and the Eurosceptic press, frighten him away from doing. ... It's perfectly legitimate to ask, 'What can Europe do for us?' Every member state does the same. But most of them also ask, 'What can we do for Europe?' - or at least, they recognise that they should be asking that, because we are all in the same boat, now storm-tossed and leaking." (23/11/2015)

The Times - United Kingdom | 22/11/2015

Matt Ridley on the jihadists' last desperate acts

Acts of terror like the one in Paris ten days ago are an act of desperation on the part of religious fundamentalists who see Islam losing ground even in the Middle East, columnist Matt Ridley writes in the conservative daily The Times: "The humanists are winning, even against Islam. Quietly, non-belief is on the march. Those who use an extreme form of religion to poison the minds of disaffected young men are furious about the spread of materialist and secularist ideas, which they feel powerless to prevent. In 50 years' time, we may look back on this period and wonder how we failed to notice that Islam was about to lose market share, not to other religions, but to humanism. ... The jihadists of Isis are probably motivated less by a desire to convert Europe's disaffected youth to fundamentalist Islam than by a wish to prevent the Muslim diaspora sliding into western secularism." (22/11/2015)

Göteborgs-Posten - Sweden | 20/11/2015

Adam Cwejman on Europe's self-flagellation in the terror debate

In their attempts to explain the roots of terrorism left-leaning journalists in Sweden and Europe often overlook or suppress its ideological causes, the former chairman of the Liberal Youth of Sweden party Adam Cwejman criticises in the liberal daily Göteborgs-Posten: "By now it's clear that many terrorists are neither poor nor desperate. … These are ideological killers. … Yet not everyone seems to be clear about this. Apparently European chauvinism has given way to European masochism: show me an international problem and I'll show you how Europe is to blame for it. … But where are the Vietnamese, Cuban or Mexican terrorist groups blowing themselves up in European capitals? … Violent Islamism is not a response to some phenomenon. It is founded on ideology and religion. … However, [many leftists] will never admit this. Because that would mean they couldn't blame colonialism or a neoliberal world order for future terrorist attacks." (20/11/2015)

15min - Lithuania | 19/11/2015

Leonidas Donskis on the origins of modern terrorism

Philosopher and former MEP Leonidas Donskis offers an explanation for how modern terrorism originated and spread around the world on the web portal 15min: "It was necessary for the Afghan monarchy to fail so that a once normal state could become a territory governed by criminals and tribal leaders, allowing the emergence of al-Qaeda. The civilised and pro-Western Shah regime in Iran had to fail so that this country could support terrorist groups and destabilise an entire region. Then the state that created Arab terrorism had to fail to destroy the US's influence in the Middle East: the Soviet Union, which under Yuri Andropov set up and armed all the terrorist groups and leaders in the region. ... The paradox of the new global uncertainty is that the global powers are waging an indirect war against each other and using criminal groups to this end. These groups, in turn, with time develop a thirst for power and undertake to become states themselves." (19/11/2015)

The Evening Standard - United Kingdom | 18/11/2015

Ed West on individualism as cause for Islamism

The trend of individualisation in Western societies has created an ideal breeding ground for religious fundamentalism, columnist Ed West contends in the conservative daily The Evening Standard: "Cosmopolitanism is prized in the West and it is partly what makes our countries so pleasant to live in, but while this mindset has attracted people from around the world to Paris and London, it has also created the perfect conditions for extremism to grow. In his recently published book Not in God's Name the former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks explained that Westerners, in their 'effort to eliminate identity by abolishing groups altogether and instead enthroning the individual', had created the perfect vacuum for the return of hardline religious identity. Radical Islamism thrives in the absence of other identities, which is why it is especially prevalent among second-generation immigrants, who are more likely to feel alienated and torn between cultures." (18/11/2015)

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