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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 07/01/2016

China will go on protecting North Korea

North Korea announced on Wednesday that it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. The US and South Korea had threatened the regime with serious consequences. Beijing will nonetheless continue to support Pyongyang, the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung believes: "The patience of the Chinese has been sorely tested; they can't be happy about having a neighbour who explodes nuclear bombs without warning either. On top of that is the fact that China's relations with Pyongyang, which until recently were almost friendly, have cooled. So far Beijing has been willing to pay a high price for the security risk in its neighbouring state because it wants to prevent the collapse of North Korea at any cost. Because if that happened it would give the Americans, South Korea's closest allies, the chance to expand their zone of influence in the region - right up to the Chinese border. … So it's very likely that Beijing will once again swallow the bitter pill - and this highly dangerous game will enter its next round."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 15/09/2015

Exodus to Europe: German solidarity has its limits

There are limits to how much solidarity Germany can show with the refugees, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung warns: "It may not fit in with the 'summer idyll' to voice doubts about the stamina of German solidarity, but even those who are donating clothes or teaching German are now asking - albeit quietly - how the refugees will change the country. … The impressive solidarity will reach its limits when individuals start to feel that their freedom is being too restricted. For some that will be when the local gymnasium can't be used for months because it has been turned into a shelter. For those receiving Hartz IV unemployment benefits who have a hard time supporting their family it is hard to understand why the state is providing such generous support to the refugees. It is impossible to predict when a society will reach its breaking point. Its resilience does not go hand in hand with economic prosperity. Dealing with diffuse fears among the population is difficult; but ignoring them can't be the solution."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 11/07/2013

Juncker has good chances of comeback

On Wednesday Luxembourg's prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker announced his resignation before parliament. The socialist coalition partner had withdrawn its support for him over Junckers' role in a secret service scandal. Rightly so, argues the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung - even if this doesn't mean an end to Junkers' political career: "Juncker must have known that something was amiss in the intelligence agency. He must have found out that the former head of the security service had personally been spying on him. But instead of firing the agent, he sat out the affair and didn't take action until two years later. ... Had Juncker made the smart publicity move of calling for reform in the agency, he would have been spared the current barrage of criticism. But Juncker is experienced in crisis management. ... His skillful chess move that preempts a no-confidence vote in parliament by proposing that parliament be dissolved gives him very real chances of being re-elected in a few months' time. After all, he has huge backing from the people."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 08/09/2012

Dutch talking about Europe again

On Wednesday the Dutch elect a new parliament. The right-wing populist Freedom Party and the Socialists had received a considerable boost thanks to their anti-Europe election campaigns but have lost some of that momentum lately. An intensive confrontation with the subject of Europe could be salutary for the Dutch, the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung writes: "Opinion pollsters have observed that for the first time in eight years 'Europe' has become a real issue for the Dutch again. The Netherlands, one of the EU founding members and for a long time a motor of integration and campaigner for financial discipline, now seems to be questioning its relationship to the EU. … For Brussels and in particular for Germany it is inconvenient that both left- and right-wing eurosceptics are wooing voters with alleged alternatives to the 'Brussels dictatorship'. … Not just in the country on the North Sea coast is [Europe] being discussed. But in the Netherlands, which has always been associated with tolerance and openness, such a trend is more conspicuous. Debates, even if at times toxic, help a country to understand itself. And so far in the history of this trading nation it has never been an option for it to shut itself off."

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