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Herrmann, Gunnar

Süddeutsche Zeitung

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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 12/05/2011

Europe's friends are cowards

Denmark plans to reintroduce controls on its borders with Germany and Sweden despite the Schengen Agreement. There are plenty of supporters of the European idea living in Denmark, notes the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, but they're just too cowardly: "The People's Party has shown how easily European values like freedom of movement can be abused for the sake of squabbles in internal politics. The liberal-conservative government was only too willing to concede the populists' PR success at Europe's expense - in a bid to make them amenable to the pension reform. Not even the opposition opposed the controls - probably because it didn't want to trigger an inconvenient debate. Yet most of Denmark's parties are pro-European and it would never have occurred to them to challenge freedom of movement. But they're not willing to defend these achievements either. The EU's problem is not opponents like the People's Party but the fact that its friends are so spineless."

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 06/02/2009

Radical rethinking necessary

Sweden's decision to replace its existing nuclear power plants with new ones has overturned one of the continent's oldest nuclear phaseout laws. The left-liberal Süddeutsche Zeitung writes: "The decision comes at an opportune time for Europe's power companies and will give a strong signal. Sweden will take over the EU Council presidency in the middle of the year, and a major focus during its six-month term will be on the international climate conference to take place in Copenhagen in December. ... Europe's nuclear lobby will now be able to maintain that Sweden has finally realised that an efficient energy policy is not possible without nuclear power. And Sweden's government will help the lobbyists with their work. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt stated explicitly on Thursday that he hopes his government's decision will serve as a model for other countries of the EU. ... This is bad news, because what energy policy really needs is a radical rethinking, in Sweden as well."

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