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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 04/07/2013

Muslim Brothers failed right down the line

The Muslim Brotherhood has failed right down the line with its policies in Cairo, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung writes: "When in January 2011 they became 'revolutionaries', the Muslim Brothers failed to realise what profound changes the overthrow of the government would effect. Their strategy followed the traditional pattern in Arab politics of making deals within the elite and keeping the support base at heel with pretty phrases. However in revolutionary situations the power is not distributed in back rooms, but on the street. … The Muslim Brothers have missed their historical opportunity, their failure is dramatic and their defeat seems definitive. They must now expect to be hunted down, locked up and killed once more. Better to die, Morsi says. Others could say: better to fight."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 01/02/2013

Israel's example could set precedent

Israel's air strike in Syria may have been justified, but the situation could escalate and encourage other states to intervene in their own interest, the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung fears: "The Israeli attack sets a precedent in the Syrian civil war that markedly increases the tensions in the region. There is no lack of reasons for Israel to attack Syria - whether it's to prevent Hezbollah from getting hold of weapons like the SA 17 or extremist groups among the Syrian rebels from obtaining chemical weapons. But if the Jewish state intervenes other states that see their interests affected in the Syrian crisis may raise the stakes. And this increases the risk that the current conflict by proxy turns into a clash between several different forces."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 25/01/2008

Italians are thrust back into political incertitude

Jürg Bischoff thinks Prodi is not to blame for the crisis in Italy: "Neither the clever media czar Berlusconi nor the serious professor Prodi has proven willing or able to overcome the inertia of the political caste, so as to give the Second Republic a functioning form. Thus the parliament, government, administration and justice have sunk deeper each day into the same old party squabbles and the lethargy of the status quo. People have lost all respect for state institutions; frustration about politics has led to utter disdain for politicians. Pessimists already are warning that Italian bitterness toward their politicians also undermines their faith in democracy, and could reawaken the longing for a strong man, a 'Duce,' as in the political turmoil of the 1920s."

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