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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 26/08/2015

Refugee crisis tops Western Balkans Summit agenda

High-ranking representatives of Albania, the successor states of the former Yugoslavia and the EU will convene in Vienna on Wednesday and Thursday for the Western Balkans Summit. In view of the refugee crisis, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung laments that Greece won't be attending: "A large proportion of the Africans and Asians who come here via the Balkan route first set foot on EU soil there. Therefore it is there that they should be registered, and there that they should be sent back to from other parts of the EU. But that isn't working out because the overburdened Greek authorities can't guarantee that applicants receive proper treatment. Far poorer transit countries like Hungary, and certainly non-EU members like Serbia and Macedonia, are quite right to be outraged about this situation. They are suffering because Europe's refugee infrastructure is creaking and failing all over. The Vienna summit won't bring a solution, but it offers the opportunity for the countries of destination and the countries of transit to coordinate their approach."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 29/06/2011

China puts Europe under pressure

During his tour of Europe China's Premier Wen Jiabao has ordered only 88 aircraft manufactured by the European producer Airbus, rather than the announced 100. The company had even entertained hopes of selling 150 aircraft. Here the Chinese leadership is showing its true face, warns the conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: "It uses contracts to exert pressure and force the EU Commission to make concessions. Chinese airlines should be exempted from emission trading, unlike all the others. Before that had Beijing threatened the European airlines with a compulsory levy if Brussels didn't give in. Bolstered by its new economic and financial significance in the economic and debt crisis, the Middle Kingdom is flexing its muscles. It mixes state and private economic interests and flouts previous agreements. Unabashed, it nevertheless demands the status of a market economy from the EU. The Airbus case shows China does not deserve that by a long stretch."

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