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Revista de prensa | 15/09/2014

 

TEMA DESTACADO

Cameron wants to hunt down IS murderers

 

Following the murder of a British aid worker by the IS, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on Sunday to "destroy" the terrorist militia. The West must not allow itself to be provoked into rash retaliatory acts, commentators warn and call for a clear position regarding the Syrian regime in the fight against terrorism.

Le Soir - Bélgica

Think through reactions to atrocities

The West must not let itself be caught in the trap of retaliating too swiftly, the liberal daily Le Soir warns: "The more massive and brutal Western reactions are, the more these jihadists from hell will think they can fuel resentment about double standards across the Sunni Muslim world. Because the international community has in fact been passively observing the martyrdom of a nation - the Sunni majority in Syria - for the past three years. And the jihadists plan to exploit this sense of injustice to recruit people to their cause. … The atrocities committed by the Islamic State must not go unanswered, and the answer must not convey the slightest weakness vis-à-vis these unscrupulous executors. But to avoid falling into their trap, the targets must be carefully chosen. And it must not be forgotten that Assad's pitiless regime in Damascus is delighted at how the situation is playing into its hands." (15/09/2014)

The Guardian - Gran Bretaña

Cameron didn't fall into IS trap

In announcing that there would be no immediate military retaliation the British prime minister reacted coolheadedly to the killing of aid worker David Haines, the left-liberal daily The Guardian writes in praise: "In spite of Mr Haines's horrific killing, to assert a unilateral UK military response at this stage in the process would not just have been to do what Isis wants. It would also, in the context of the evolving strategy signalled last week by President Obama, have been recklessly premature. It would have reinforced the old imperial stereotype and in the wrong way. The UK has the material ability to respond to a horrific international event of this kind, but it needs the moral and political ability too. Mr Cameron should only respond in ways that lend legitimacy to the action rather than put its legitimacy at risk." (14/09/2014)

La Repubblica - Italia

Assad's role must be clarified

Representatives of around 20 countries will meet in Paris today Monday to discuss what action to take against the IS. The participants must finally decide how to behave vis-à-vis Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica urges: "The death of David Haines, whose only sin was to try to help the Syrian population, the victims of the civil war, comes like a lash of the whip for the broad and confused anti-jihadist coalition that is meeting today in Paris. His decapitation should be an incentive to accelerate the intervention. ... Many see the need and urgency to do this, but not just a few are hesitant about participating militarily with airstrikes or ground operations. Russia will no doubt try to prevent the conflict from spreading to Syria with a veto in the UN Security Council. ... Because as an ally of the Syrian regime Moscow would like to see Assad recognised as a potential member of the large anti-jihadist coalition." (15/09/2014)

Die Presse - Austria

Muslim voices against IS lacking

After the murder of a third hostage by the IS the conservative daily Die Presse berates the lack of critical voices from representatives of Islam: "A flood of distancing statements would be to be expected and appropriate - hopefully it is yet to come. Not because Muslims can be accused of any kind of collective guilt but because the IS criminals claim to act in the name of the same prophets whom they worship, because they believe in the same holy book as all peaceful Muslims. ... Naturally no religion is immune to such abuse. Atrocities have been committed in Jesus's name too. And it is in principle imaginable that a terrorist organisation would point to words by Jesus such as 'I did not come to bring peace, but a sword'. Only then a chorus of Christian theologists would deny this and explain why this can't and shouldn't be interpreted in this way." (15/09/2014)

POLÍTICA

ETC - Suecia

Sweden's left wins but has little to celebrate

Fredrik Reinfeldt's liberal-conservative government suffered a defeat in Sunday's elections. The leader of of the Social Democrats Stefan Löfven will in all probability become the new prime minister. But the new governing party has little cause for celebration, the left-wing daily ETC concludes and points to the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats' almost 13 percent chunk of the vote: "For sure, the Reinfeldt era is over. And even if the Sweden Democrats won't be able to determine the political course they are big enough to prevent a change of system. We are facing four weak years and four years in which politics won't be able to protect those groups that really need support. Naturally we can celebrate Reinfeldt's departure. But the major task for the red-green government is to think about why they didn't get the support of the citizens." (15/09/2014)

El País - España

Salmond will beat Cameron one way or other

Regardless of the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum next Thursday Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond will emerge as a winner, Lluís Bassets observes in his blog with the left-liberal daily El País: "Without having to wait for the results of the ballot one can already say that Alex Salmond has won the independence referendum of Thursday, September 18. Let us recall that the first minister of Scotland wanted the Scots to vote on a third option, namely stronger autonomy or fiscal independence, but Cameron arrogantly said it had to be all or nothing. Now if the vote produces a 'yes', Salmond wins, but if it's a 'no' he wins too because London has offered the extended autonomy it didn't even want to contemplate initially. Checkmate." (13/09/2014)

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Alemania

Fear drives voters to Alternative for Germany

The Eurosceptical party Alternative for Germany (AfD) topped the ten percent mark in Sunday's elections to regional parliaments in the German states of Brandenburg and Thuringia off the cuff. Fear and anger on the part of voters was decisive for this success, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung comments: "The fact that a party that's often criticised as a loose clique of professors and intellectuals has been able to strike a chord with a certain group of voters may go down in history as a special kind of paradox. ... Their protests feed on concrete threatening scenarios, be they refugee boats on the Mediterranean, bureaucrats in Brussels, criminals on Germany's eastern borders, ailing banks, bailout packages or current support for equal rights for homosexuals. Right from the party's earliest days anyone expecting the matter-of-fact atmosphere of an economics tutorial was in for a surprise: anger was in the air." (15/09/2014)

O Dromos - Grecia

Athens submissive on debt-relef

The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution presented by developing and emerging nations that facilitates the orderly restructuring of sovereign debts. The fact that Greece abstained from the vote comes as no surprise for the weekly paper O Dromos: "The average citizen in this world, which has been listening to constant warnings of Greek insolvency for the last five years, will be surprised. He will no doubt ask why a country that has gone through two debt restructurings and is now preparing for debt conversion wouldn't sign such a moderate agreement. ... But Greece must pay 85 percent of its debt to its European partners. How could the country vote otherwise? Particularly now that the country is governed by politicians who have turned submissiveness into an art? (14/09/2014)

REFLEXIONES

Le Temps - Suiza

Switzerland must shoulder more responsibility, says Sylvain Besson

Important international decisions are increasingly taken by groups of states like the EU or the G20. But instead of complaining about such resolutions Switzerland should take a more active part in bringing them about, the deputy chief editor Sylvain Besson writes in the liberal daily Le Temps: "Behaving like a victim doesn't get you very far - as we saw with the debate of bank secrecy. It's time to drop this attitude and learn to take an active role. Switzerland is one of the most open countries and the nation that benefits the most from globalisation. The size of its economy makes it a mid-sized player in numerous areas. That brings responsibility, namely to participate, to play the game, to engage with a world in which sovereignty does not mean the ability to wall yourself in or to block decisions, but to influence the ones that affect us. Which implies finding partners, supporters and allies. A quest for influence that necessarily involves having privileged relations with Europe." (15/09/2014)

ECONOMÍA

Duma - Bulgaria

EU and Ukraine don't want free trade

As a result of pressure from Russia the planned free trade agreement between the EU and Ukraine won't enter force until 31 December 2015, EU trade commission Karel De Gucht announced on Friday. This shows that neither side has a real interest in closer economic ties, the pro-Russian daily Duma comments: "Poroshenko has done the same as [Ukraine's ex-president] Yanukovych. He signed the political part of the association agreement but he lacked the necessary power for the economic part. Ukraine is simply not yet ready for equal partnership with Europe. The Europeans don't need Ukrainian export goods. They may be cheap but the European market is already flooded with cheap products from China. On the other hand Europeans want to expand on the Ukrainian market and Kiev wants to prevent this - for now at least. Brussels has no doubt realised for its part that acting prematurely is not a good idea." (15/09/2014)

Gość Niedzielny - Polonia

Poland can withstand gas war with Russia

After initially accusing the Russian energy company Gazprom of reducing gas supplies, the Polish energy provider PGNiG has adopted a softer tone in the gas conflict with Russia.  But regardless of what tone it adopts Poland would be able to withstand a gas war because its gas reserves are full, the national religious portal Gość Niedzielny argues: "Poland is not as vulnerable as it was just a few years ago. True, gas from the east remains important, but our entire well-being no longer depends on it. Because our gas reserves are full: roughly 30 percent of our gas comes from our own wells. And we can rely on several other countries in the West for purchases of natural gas. True, this is also Russian gas. But it's hard to imagine that Moscow would cut off gas supplies to Berlin for example." (15/09/2014)

Äripäev - Estonia

Putin could ease sanctions if he wanted

The EU enforced on Friday the sanctions that it had hitherto put off implementing. The business paper Äripäev hopes it will finally be made clear to Moscow that the punitive measures will be retracted as soon as it withdraws from Ukraine: "It's not easy to get this simple message across: no war, no aggression, no sanctions. But it is essential. Spreading this message would be most helpful if a political solution could be found for the situation in Ukraine, opening up the possibility to weaken the sanctions. And you can be sure the West will do this when the time comes, because the damage from the current impasse is enormous also on this side of the divide. ... And also in Estonia." (15/09/2014)

Kaleva - Finlandia

Finland must finally build new nuclear plant

The Finnish government will decide at the end of September whether to give the green light for the Fennovoima nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki. The Russian energy company Rosatom has a more than 30 percent share in its construction, but it is unclear whether Finnish ownership will account for the required majority. The liberal daily Kaleva warns against jeopardising the project: "It's entirely possible that our politicians will have to get down on their knees and beg Rosatom for additional investment, instead of thinking about how many tenths of a percentage points the Finns need to maintain a majority share. ... And we need this plant. Even if people never stop evoking the decline of Finnish industry, our energy balance is severely in the red. Apart from nuclear power, other sources like wind, water and heat energy are needed. ... And there's more need than ever for the nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki." (15/09/2014)

SOCIEDAD

Corriere della Sera - Italia

Merkel leads fight against anti-Semitism

Thousands of people demonstrated in Berlin against anti-Semitism in Germany on Sunday in reaction to the anti-Jewish comments the Gaza war has provoked. German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed Germany's responsibility in her speech to mark the occasion. She spoke in the name of Europe, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera applauds: "Merkel's words at Brandenburg Gate contained more than just a sense of responsibility stemming from Germany's past. ... Merkel spoke for us, in the name of all the Europeans who were silent in view of the signs of the new intolerance that emerged all over Europe at sites of commemoration. The idea was to send a signal. This was Europe's duty. The president of the European Commission didn't do this. The figure who is regarded with much suspicion as Europe's leader took his place. This should move us to reflect about what it means to take responsibility for a European policy." (15/09/2014)

The Malta Independent - Malta

Refugee plight: South had enough of EU's ignorance

Up to 250 people drowned when a boat carrying refugees sank off the coast of Libya on Sunday, according to the Libyan navy. It is a disgrace that the EU is still not doing more to prevent such disasters, the liberal-conservative daily The Malta Independent comments: "This is not about burden sharing or taking Malta's already-settled refugees off this island's hands for resettlement elsewhere in the bloc. This is not a cry for resources to deal with the 'problem'. This is, pure and simple, about saving the lives of those driven to seek safety in Europe. ... Malta, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Spain - the EU's southern frontier states - are blue in the face from repeatedly begging for real, tangible EU solutions to the yearly crises they face. And those crises are about the mass loss of life on their very doorsteps and, quite frankly, it is the rest of the EU that should be more than a little red in the face by now." (14/09/2014)

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