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Die Presse - Austria | 15/10/2015

Exodus to Europe: EU doing too little in countries of origin

The EU leaders plan to discuss aid strategies for the refugees' countries of origin at today's summit in Brussels. There will no doubt be plenty of talk but little action, the centre-left daily Die Presse laments: "Austria is no exception: the funds it earmarks for development cooperation are stagnating at a low level. So far the government hasn't even announced how much (or whether) it will pay into a 1.8 billion-euro EU Africa Fund. That said, Vienna is in good company. Paris, Berlin and London have also failed to commit. Unfortunately all the EU leaders will do at the summit is spew unctuous words aimed solely at glossing over their mutual differences. Any hope that they'll do more than that is in vain."

Die Presse - Austria | 27/05/2014

Schulz should concede defeat

Although the social democrats came second behind the conservative European People's Party in the European elections, their candidate Martin Schulz is claiming the right to the post of EU Commission President. On the evening of the elections he said he was seeking the majority he needs to clinch the post. The liberal-conservative daily Die Presse criticises his behaviour: "If the social democrat wins out the heads of state and government would finally have an argument for not taking account of the election results - namely that not even the parliamentarians themselves are doing so. But this would send a fatal signal. ... The major new feature of this election, the citizens' vote also counting towards who becomes Commission President, would be destroyed with one fell blow. So as a fair democrat Schulz must concede his defeat and convince his faction to support Juncker. Because only a united parliament will have enough power to put an end to the de facto decision-making by the heads of state and government behind closed doors, and to put democracy first."

Die Presse - Austria | 07/02/2014

No to immigration would be costly for Swiss

Switzerland will vote on Sunday on measures to limit immigration which would contravene its freedom of movement agreement with the EU. From an economic point of view the country can't afford such a move, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse points out: "For Switzerland, economic exchange with the EU member states is crucial: a third of its jobs depend on it, and the trade volume amounts to an impressive 700 million euros per day. The low level of unemployment, currently just over three percent, would soar in no time if access to the EU's single market was limited. ... The government, parliamentary majority and the trade associations are against this for good reasons. The people of Switzerland should also take this view and vote against the initiative on Sunday. Otherwise the EU would have every reason to make good on its threat and also cancel other bilateral trade agreements."

Die Presse - Austria | 12/09/2012

The poor performance of Europe's leaders

Under a proposal put forward by the EU Commission, all 6,000 banks in the Eurozone would be put under the supervision of a new authority based at the European Central Bank. Because the governments have failed to find a solution to the crisis, the ECB always has to step in to defuse the situation, the conservative daily Die Presse writes: "As of January the ECB is to be entrusted with supervising all the banks of the Eurozone and given powers to withdraw their licences in the event that they don't comply with regulations. … So far so good. Increased supervision of Europe's financial institutes is also necessary because some states have encountered difficulties because of problems incurred by their debt-crippled banks. But anyone who - to overstate the situation - believes that the ECB can solve all the problems of the euro crisis is completely mistaken. It's up to the decisionmakers in the institutions and individual states to finally get their act together and adopt a sensible, long-term approach in the crisis. So far, however, they have lacked the courage to do this."

Die Presse - Austria | 15/06/2012

Debt redemption fund can bolster austerity policy

Germany will have to confront the unpleasant reality of the situation, writes the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse. Chancellor Merkel should finally get used to the idea of a debt repayment fund through which the Eurozone countries finance the debts of struggling partners via common bonds, the paper writes: "No euro bonds and no debt redemption fund without a fiscal union; this is Merkel's creed. But the chancellor's opposition is gradually crumbling under the pressure. She knows: as the economic motor of a stalling European Union Germany will have to bite the bullet in the end anyway - but the longer Merkel waits, the more expensive it will be. Stop-gap measures for fighting the crisis have already fallen flat in the past. But now the chancellor's policy has a chance: The debt redemption fund could finance austerity measures in the debtor countries. She shouldn't wait until the fiscal union is a reality because by then it may already be too late for the Monetary Union."

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