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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 07/05/2015

Democracy needs monitoring of secret services

The latest spying scandal over collaboration between Germany's foreign intelligence agency, the BND, and the US's NSA highlights the extent to which liberal principles and intelligence services are at odds, the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung comments: "The West's liberal social order is still far more under threat from external forces than from overbearing internal intelligence services. This demands solidarity from within the West. Intelligence agencies defend the freedom of Western society - but only if they trust each other to a certain extent and also enjoy the trust of the general public. The democratic legitimacy of these services is important, and it is inevitable that they develop a life of their own. It's a fine line. The Big Brother state is the opposite of a liberal democracy, but without a certain amount of surveillance the latter is defenceless; particularly in the digital era."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 28/09/2010

Risky manoeuvre

By removing Moscow's mayor Yury Luzhkov from office Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is jeopardising the political stability of the country, the liberal conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung comments: "The relentlessly critical online magazine writes that in firing Luzhkov Medvedev intended to make it clear who calls the shots, but if the successor to the post of Moscow mayor fails to maintain peace and ensure a functioning infrastructure this demonstration of power will backfire. ... To this extent Medvedev's resolute stance will put the much-vaunted stability of Russia's political system to the test. Medvedev must replace Luzhkov, who as mayor wielded far more influence than many a minister, with a controllable yet strong personality. Otherwise he runs the danger of losing control of a key economic and political resource."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 30/03/2010

Even more power for Russian leadership

The attacks in Moscow are proof that the Russian government's brutal strategy against Islamist separatism in the North Caucasus is not working, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung concludes: "But President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin remain unfazed, ... the battle cries against the terrorists and 'bandits' sound like words from yesterday. This rhetoric, like the first emotional reactions of Moscovites, is an indication that understanding of the complex North Caucasian issue has not grown. On the contrary, there is the danger that the automatic reaction will be not only to find culprits but also to box through arbitrary political measures in the name of improving security. For some time now the political elite has been under pressure to justify itself before the rest of the country. Once the shock and the helplessness have subsided, the power of the government, but not the security of the citizens, may be strengthened."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 28/02/2008

Europe is sceptical facing the Russian presidentials

Markus Ackeret finds it downright grotesque the way presidential hopeful Dmitry Medvedev tries to emphasize both his independence and his closeness to Vladimir Putin. "After two months of a dull election campaign, it looks like Medvedev can't separate himself from his father figure. He makes hardly any public appearances, and does not participate in discussions on television. ... The degree of influence to be granted this ill-defined, disappointingly boring Medvedev will be revealed only through his power-sharing with Putin as Prime Minister. He has repeatedly championed a strong presidential system as the only possible governmental form for Russia. Asked about his favourite location in Moscow, he recently told his interviewers at 'Itogi' - 'I am not original: it's the Kremlin. The heart of Russia.'"

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