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Pravda - Slovakia | 21/11/2014

Migration is top topic in elections

The fact that the Eurosceptic Ukip won another parliamentary seat in a byelection in Rochester on Thursday doesn't surprise the left-leaning daily Pravda: "Immigration from the new EU member states has been a main political topic since the start of the year. The media and public discourse have revived the old phantom of hordes of immigrants lurking on the borders, intent on abusing the British social welfare system. ... Ukip picked up the theme first, and this ensured its success in the European elections. Prime Minister Cameron, whose votes Ukip is stealing, proposed new limits on immigration but met with fierce resistance, above all from Germany. But at the start of the week Labour too sided with the Tories on this issue. ... The idea of Eastern Europeans plundering the welfare coffers is fixed in people's heads and reflects an increasingly xenophobic attitude."

Pravda - Slovakia | 11/04/2014

Athens' upturn should be enjoyed with caution

Greece's return to the capital markets after years of crisis is good news but should be taken with a pinch of salt, the left-leaning daily Pravda writes: "Greece is far from stable. When parliament voted recently on another austerity package demanded by international creditors, the measure only scraped through with a majority of one vote. This week the country was struck by yet another mass strike. Nevertheless, the foray onto the financial markets makes sense. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras needs a positive political signal. He must prevent a complete rout in the upcoming European elections. ... And the conditions are good for such a step. The international investors trust the ECB's promise that it won't leave Athens in the lurch. But the good news can create a false sense of security. Because it won't mean a thing once unexpected events in the Eurozone, the US, China or Russia spark a new panic. So we must beware of exaggerated optimism."

Pravda - Slovakia | 09/11/2012

Cameron increasingly isolating British in the EU

During a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to London, British Prime Minister David Cameron has reaffirmed his country's hard line against raising the EU budget. The left-leaning daily Pravda can understand other Europeans' growing displeasure with the British: "Merkel has always viewed London as an important ally in Europe, and a counterbalance to the ever-more complicated ties with Paris. But these relations suffered in the past year when Cameron opposed Merkel's fiscal union. The British veto on the budget plan now in the offing would take the country farther than ever from the European mainstream. The current British government makes no bones about the fact that it wants to rethink its relations with the EU. However Cameron's idea of taking what he pleases from the EU and leaving the rest while maintaining Britain's influence in the EU is an illusion. Either London stops blocking important projects or Britain's 40 years of complicated marriage with the EU must end in a divorce."

Pravda - Slovakia | 18/11/2011

Only real Federation can save euro

The example of Italy illustrates that the crisis is not restricted to the outskirts of the Eurozone, the left-leaning daily Pravda writes in consternation: "What is surprising is the speed of the process. The euro will be saved neither by the departure of a few untrustworthy or inept leaders, nor by replacing them with technocrats, regardless of how good their reputations may be. It will also not be rescued by the willingness of some governments to save until the last dog is hung. ... Only one thing can help the Eurozone - and with it the entire project of European integration: a decisive step toward political union, a European Federation. The concrete proposals in this direction have been on the table for some time now."

Pravda - Slovakia | 05/08/2011

Waiting crisis out won't work

If the Eurozone crisis is to be combated effectively, steps towards deepening European integration are indispensable, the left-leaning daily Pravda concludes: "After the markets calmed down for a couple of days the crisis is now raging again. The political leaders are seeking 300 billion euros for Madrid and twice that much for Rome. Yet everyone knows these sums are simply not available and that they are just buying time for money that is getting more and more expensive as the support of the citizens wanes. The markets are less and less confident. But the solution cannot lie in an uncontrolled collapse of the crisis states. That would be like curing a migraine with a blow to the head. ... What the Eurozone needs is common fiscal policy and a coordinated economic policy. Differences must be ironed out with a transfer union. Just waiting for the crisis to pass won't work."

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