Revista de prensa | 24/11/2014



Iran wants more time for nuclear deal


According to diplomatic sources, Iran is considering extending the deadline for nuclear negotiations with the UN veto powers and Germany. Tehran has until midnight today, Monday, to abandon its controversial nuclear programme. In exchange the West promises to ease economic sanctions against the country. A deal is necessary, but not at any price, commentators write.

The Times - Gran Bretaña

Tehran must reveal entire nuclear programme

If Iran is not prepared to make real concessions the West would be better off leaving the negotiating table, the conservative daily The Times warns: "Failure to strike an accord today, say Mr Obama's advisers, might increase the risk of strategic instability. Striking a bad deal would however be far worse, both reckless and dangerous. It would promote an unapologetic sponsor of terrorism into the role of a major regional power. ... Iran should be obliged to make a full declaration of the military aspects of its nuclear project and this too should be open for verification. If a deal fails to improve western and global security or dispel justified suspicions about Iran's strategic intent then it is not worth signing." (23/11/2014)

Dagens Nyheter - Suecia

Doubts about Obama's negotiating skills

The nuclear talks with Iran must produce results, the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter demands: "An agreement would support the reformists in Iran. But in the end it's Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khamenei who calls the shots. He allowed the election of the rather moderate President Hassan Rohani, but the pendulum could also swing back in favour of the reactionary forces. In the US Congress the Republicans - but also many Democrats - distrust President Obama's negotiating skills. ... Russia doesn't want more nuclear powers to contend with, particularly not on its southern border. ... But President Putin's isolation after his incursions in Ukraine could bring him to join forces with Iran. ... Just one year of reprieve could give Iran nuclear weapons. So the negotiations must continue. A military alternative would have serious consequences." (24/11/2014)

De Telegraaf - Holanda

Don't strike a bad deal

Iran cannot be trusted, the conservative daily De Telegraaf warns commenting on a potential agreement in the nuclear dispute: "A deal will be worth little if it is still possible to produce nuclear weapons secretly. Why for instance would the inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency still have no access to a military complex where shady nuclear activities are perhaps going on? And then we must bear in mind that the inspection teams are not allowed to have contact with nuclear scientists. ... And unless it contains watertight agreements on controls, inspections and reducing the incredibly high number of centrifuges, an agreement won't do the West any good. No deal would be better than a bad one." (24/11/2014)


Jornal de Negócios - Portugal

Away with Portugal's corrupt politicians

In Portugal José Sócrates, prime minister of the country from 2005 to 2011, was arrested on Friday evening accused of tax evasion, money laundering and corruption. The liberal daily Jornal de Negócios sees this as a legal milestone: "Even if many play down the arrest because of its uncertain outcome it is a key event in the last 40 years of democracy. Not just because an ex-prime minister has been arrested but because this arrest represents a milestone in relations between the judiciary and political power. ... Nothing will ever be the same again. ... This case together with the charges of corruption in the granting of visas raises the following question: Is this the end of the regime? ... Hopefully! It's time to send the politicians of the last 40 years home and make space for a new kind of politics." (24/11/2014)

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Alemania

Modernisation led Portugal into corruption

Following the arrest of former prime minister of Portugal José Sócrates the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung finds it particularly unacceptable that almost all the parties were implicated in the affair: "This affair underlines the similar fates of Portugal and neighbouring Spain, and takes us back to the year 1986 when both countries joined the then European Community. The historical merit of these parties, many of which were still in their infancy, lies in their having led Spain and Portugal from the shadows of dictatorship into a united Europe. ... But the drawbacks of the forced modernisation that was pushed through with the help of great sums from Brussels have long been apparent. First entire sectors got out of control, then large parts of the elites on all sides of the political spectrum turned out not to be immune to the temptations of power and the lure of fresh money." (24/11/2014)

Postimees - Estonia

Maidan an excuse for annexation of Crimea

The Maidan uprising began in Kiev one year ago and was quickly followed by the conflict in Ukraine. The liberal daily Postimees doesn't believe that the Maidan uprising was the trigger for the events in Crimea and eastern Ukraine: "Russian propaganda has tried to spread the idea that the loss of Crimea and the clashes in eastern Ukraine are the result of the Maidan uprising. ... Russia's fears that it could be the scene of similar events are understandable. Nevertheless the Maidan revolt and its repercussions are two separate things, even if they are partially interconnected. The revolution on Maidan Square was a courageous show of resistance against the corrupt and increasingly authoritarian regime. The demonstrators fought for European values. The annexation of Crimea and the events in eastern Ukraine, by contrast, were Russian acts of aggression with which Moscow took advantage of the time and circumstances." (22/11/2014)

Gazeta Wyborcza - Polonia

Kaczyński doesn't know how to lose

The Polish electoral commission announced on the weekend after a week's delay that contrary to the initial results, the national-conservative party PiS has lost the local elections. In response PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński called a demonstration for December 13, the anniversary of the introduction of martial law in 1981. Kaczyński is an eternal bad loser, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza writes: "The fact that [the governing parties] PO and PSL have indeed won the highest number of provincial assembly seats must be quite frustrating for him. ... But his reaction shows that he simply doesn't know how to lose. ... Of course it's a scandal that the commission has announced the results late. But that's no reason to start talking about electoral fraud. The PiS and the [left-leaning] SLD are only harming themselves by maintaining this version." (24/11/2014)

Le Vif/L'Express - Bélgica

Tunisia model pupil in Arab world

Béji Caïd Essebsi, head of the moderate secular Nidaa Tounes party, won an estimated 48 percent of the vote in Tunisia's presidential elections on Sunday. He will now face incumbent Moncef Marzouki in a runoff vote. With these first free elections of its head of state Tunisia has become a model for the Arab world, the news magazine Le Vif/L'Express writes: "Tunisia has always been significantly more progressive than other Arab countries. In contrast to Libya or Syria, for example, it has always had a strong trade union movement. Unlike Egypt, Tunisia has always invested in good education. And the country has always been on a firmer economic foothold than the others, which made the transition easier for the population. In a nutshell Tunisia serves as an example on all levels of society. It shows that a liberal constitution is possible in a Muslim country, that the Arab Spring can succeed and that Islam, human rights and democracy are reconcilable." (22/11/2014)

Lidové noviny - La República Checa

FN shoots own goal by flirting with Moscow

The far-right Front National, which steadfastly supports Putin in the Ukraine crisis, has borrowed nine million euros from a Russian bank according to reports in Paris's media on Sunday. This is not just a financial deal but another attempt to move closer to Russia, the conservative daily Lidové noviny writes, adding that the party won't be able to turn the transaction to its advantage: "Striking deals with Moscow at a time when the EU and the Kremlin are not exactly on friendly terms - to put it mildly - is a blatant symbolic gesture. All the more so in view of the personal contacts between the Le Pen party and prominent Russians. This deal opens the door to French politics for Moscow. ... But in flirting with Moscow in times that increasingly resemble a new cold war, the far right - not only in France - has shot an own goal. For the parties of the pro-European mainstream, who are gradually running out of ideas on how to cure the EU's numerous ills, this is a nice Christmas present that they didn't even have to put on their wish lists." (24/11/2014)


Kurier - Austria

EU finally clamping down on Google

According to media reports the European Parliament is considering a proposal for splitting up Internet giants like Google. The idea would be to separate these companies' search engines from other areas of business. This measure is long overdue, writes the liberal daily Kurier jubilantly: "Monopolies are bad for the economy and consumers. This goes for search machines too. ... The European competition authorities examine all mergers of two medium-sized companies. But now the European Parliament has started an initiative aimed at breaking up Google's market dominance. Just as important is to finally ensure that these US companies finally pay taxes in Europe. More self-assertion please, dear Europeans!" (24/11/2014)

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italia

ECB will have to pay for EU investments

The European Commission plans to present its 300 billion euro investment programme on Wednesday. The money is to come from EU and private sources. But the calculations don't work out, the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore complains: "The EU is to offer guarantees against losses, thus ensuring profits for private investors. But the leverage ratio, which is apparently supposed to be one to ten, still hasn't been sorted out. According to the plan 30 billion in public funding would mobilise 300 billion in private investments. If this is what the entire operation involves, it's doomed to fail. The entire 300 billion euros would have to be raised. Only the ECB can do this by buying bonds from the investment fund for precisely this amount." (23/11/2014)


The Observer - Gran Bretaña

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)

Lapin Kansa - Finlandia

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)

24 Chasa - Bulgaria

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)


Dromos tis Aristeras - Grecia

Greek broadcaster destroying journalism

According to media reports on Sunday journalists at the state broadcaster Nerit will in future produce content for radio, television and Internet in a single newsroom owing to staff shortages. This leaves less and less time for research, the left-leaning weekly Dromos tis Aristeras criticises: "If a journalist plans a story and urgently needs an institution to make a statement it's clear that his story will land in the wastepaper basket [because there's not enough time]. In the worst case it will be falsified. The 'death' of the news report gives media companies complete control over information. The term 'newsroom' is now very popular with media companies. It has allowed them to trample on industrial laws and journalists. An editor who is in the production chain of a newsroom no longer has the right to say what he thinks and thus no longer really takes part in the process of producing information." (22/11/2014)

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