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Fried, Nico

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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 23/12/2015

Exodus to Europe: Quarreling over Christmas dinner worthwhile

The refugee crisis will be the main topic over Christmas dinner this year, comments the centre-left daily Süddeutsche Zeitung: "The last topic that was as omnipresent in social discourse as the wave of refugees is now was the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification. … 2015 has perhaps given [family gatherings] a completely different dynamic, with the grandfather who was driven out of East Prussia as a child talking about the war once more because the grandchildren who are seeing refugees in 'welcome classes' at school and may be suddenly showing interest in where their own family had to flee from. The refugee crisis makes the political private and vice versa. Ideally the experiences of several different generations complement each other. And where arguments are inevitable, a row over Pegida is more worthwhile than fighting over who gets the breast and who gets the leg. It is a gift for society when citizens take up the res publica, the public affair, as their own cause, even when it becomes controversial. Too much silent night is bad for democracy."

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 08/01/2013

Airport debacle could cost Wowereit his post

The opening of the new airport in Berlin was postponed for the fourth time on Monday. Berlin's Mayor Klaus Wowereit resigned from his post as chairman of the airport's supervisory board. An implausible move, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes, noting that Wowereit bears the political responsibility for the fiasco: "Even if none of it was Wowereit's fault he still bears the responsibility for everything. … The airport was and is a political project because the politicians are the builder-owners of the project. And the mayor played a key role in initiating the project. Even if the airport is ready at some point the project has already been a failure. … Now he is handing over the chairmanship of the supervisory board to his colleague Matthias Platzeck [premier of the state of Brandenburg]. But this is not the way to assume responsibility. This is just an attempt to get out of the line of fire. The Berlin-Brandenburg manoeuvring is so questionable that instead of avoiding the end of Wowereit's term in office it should actually accelerate it."

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 02/11/2011

Papandreou acting irresponsibly

Europe has shown that it is willing to assume responsibility for Greece. The Greek referendum, on the other hand, testifies to a lack of responsibility towards Europe, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung comments reproachfully: "By resolving to hold a referendum without consulting others Papandreou has cast Europe back into the uncertainty that reigned in the days leading up to the EU summit. ... Worse still: while in the past weeks there was still room to negotiate there is now the threat of a complete standstill. ... It's difficult to see a way out of this situation: if Papandreou pulls back again now he will be disavowing his own actions and the anger on Athens' streets and within his own government will only intensify. If he goes through with the plan Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy, the Eurozone states and the EU as a whole, the ECB and the IMF - in other words pretty much the rest of the world - will have to come up with an idea for how to fill in the time until the decision is made and also what to do if a majority of Greeks votes against the rescue plans."

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