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Auer, Matthias

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Die Presse - Austria | 15/12/2014

CO2 reduction shouldn't be European hobby

It's good that voluntary commitments were the main focus at the climate summit in Lima because for too long Europe has tried to impose binding targets on the rest of the world while more and more greenhouse gases are emitted, the conservative daily Die Presse believes: "Europe's one-man-show in climate protection is not only expensive but also ineffectual from a global point of view. The continent is responsible for just a tenth of the global emissions. And this is precisely where the conference in Lima represents a decisive step forwards: for the first time the biggest polluters, the US, China and India who together are responsible for more than half of all the global CO2 emissions, have promised reductions. ... This is a step in the right direction, above all for Europe. Climate protection can only be successful - and affordable - if it stops being just a hobby of the (for now) rich Europeans."

Die Presse - Austria | 10/08/2012

The dirty dealings of the tax authorities

According to reports in the media on Wednesday the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia last week purchased four more CDs containing data on the Swiss bank accounts of alleged German tax evaders. The liberal-conservative daily Die Presse sees this approach as highly questionable and points out that the Austrian state is also profiting from this practice: "Germany's strategy of paying millions of euros for the stolen data of tax evaders simply goes too far. After all, Berlin is not dealing with idealistic whistle-blowers here. Otherwise what's stopping the suppliers of the data from handing over the CDs to the Ministry of Finance quietly, covertly and above all free of charge? Berlin is dealing with thieves who are being well paid for their 'services'. Austria is also caught up in this situation. As in 2008, the CDs will contain the names of Austrians, too. And as in 2008 Vienna won't (have to) pay a cent to get hold of the data. The Germans are getting their hands dirty and we are benefiting from it. This is morally reprehensible."

Die Presse - Austria | 18/01/2011

Apple will get along fine without its boss

Owing to illness Apple boss Steve Jobs has retired from the day-to-day business of the computer and electronics company. But even if the news triggered a brief dip in the price of the company's shares this will hardly weaken it in the long term, the liberal conservative daily Die Presse writes: "Apple is not a one-man-business. Across the world 40,000 people are working on the electronics company's success. The overwhelming majority of them know Steve Jobs no better than you or I do. 'Face Time' with the Apple boss is a rarity even in Cupertino. On the inside the business has been run for years by Tim Cook, who is now standing in for the ill Apple boss for the third time officially. So for most of the employees Jobs' departure won't change things at all. And the company is well placed strategically. With its iPhone Apple has been able to keep Google and RIM at bay. And the iPad, the first successful tablet computer, has no competition at present."

Die Presse - Austria | 13/07/2010

RWE withdrawal could endanger Nabucco

The German energy company RWE is considering withdrawing from the Nabucco pipeline project and changing to the Russian South Stream project. The daily Die Presse sees political motives behind this change of tack: "This will be a reason for former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder to rejoice. As Gazprom's European 'ambassador' he no doubt engineered the deal. The active political team, however, will howl with anger if RWE does make the switch. But it wouldn't be entirely innocent in this matter because as one of its majority shareholders the state has considerable influence at RWE. Or could it be that the economic arguments triumphed over the political ones here? … Certainly not. RWE has little to gain from joining South Stream. The pipeline is almost twice as expensive as Nabucco and RWE has long had access to Russian reserves anyway. So neither the company nor its shareholders in politics can afford to sacrifice the EU's much touted common energy policy for its sake." 

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