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Der Bund - Switzerland | 20/05/2015

Sealing off Europe is inhumane

The demand for Europe to shut its doors to refugees is inhumane and also naïve, the left-liberal daily Der Bund points out: "First of all in view of European 20th century history the calls for a Napoleonic naval blockade testify to an extraordinary malice directed even against Syrian civil war refugees and the victims of the dictatorship in Eritrea. … Taking in the hundreds of thousands, even millions of people who want to come to us is indeed an impossible task. But to suggest that the refugee problem in the Mediterranean can be solved with populist slogans like 'lock the door!' - and without sacrificing humanitarian or liberal values - is brazen cheek. Instead we should get used to the idea of taking in more refugees in future. And we should acknowledge that there are no simple solutions to the crisis, but only attempts according to the trial and error principle to make things better - for the migrants and for the countries taking them in."

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 10/07/2014

Brazil overestimated itself

The Brazilian football team's 7-1 defeat in the World Cup semifinal against Germany was not just a sports disaster but could also have political consequences, the Tages-Anzeiger writes: "Brazil's Seleção creates inner cohesion and self-confidence in Brazil like no other South American team. The 'massacre of Belo Horizonte' could become a symbol for how much Brazil, celebrated as an economic and political power just a few years ago, has overestimated itself. How much is still wrong with the country despite its undisputed successes, and to what extent poorly functioning hospitals, schools and transportation, parties fighting for power and influence, politicians out of touch with the people and rampant bureaucracy undermine the claims that it is catching up with the so-called first world. Because presidential elections are due to take place in October, the widespread disappointment may have a political impact. The most powerful woman in Latin America, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, must now fear for her re-election because of a lost football match."

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