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Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 30/11/2015

Exodus to Europe: EU buying its way out of solidarity

The EU and Turkey agreed at a special summit on the weekend to cooperate with each other in tackling the refugee crisis. Turkey has undertaken among other things to tighten its border security. In return the EU has pledged to revive the EU membership negotiations and abolish the visa requirement for Turkish citizens in autumn next year. The agreement has a bitter aftertaste, the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger observes: "This deal between the EU and Turkey essentially makes sense. … But it remains vague on one important point, namely the question of how many asylum seekers the EU member states can take in directly from the Turkish refugee camps if the leadership in Ankara sticks to its part of the agreement and seals its borders. By providing concrete numbers here the Europeans could have avoided giving the unpleasant impression that they are buying their way out of solidarity and out of taking in more refugees."

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 07/10/2015

Free Internet in danger

After the ruling passed down by the ECJ the US and the EU must replace the "Safe Harbour" agreement with another as soon as possible, the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger urges: "The Internet once stood for limitless freedom. Now, however, the worldwide web has lost its innocence. It is facing fragmentation and perversion. What's more, from China to Russia the Internet and the social media have long since become instruments of power and control. Between Europe and America, different cultures are now creating dangerous rifts in the digital world. The states of the free world have an interest in safeguarding the achievements of the Internet and the digital economy. That includes the EU and the US quickly reaching a consensus on a new 'Safe Harbour' agreement that is worthy of the name. If not even the Europeans and Americans can come to terms on joint standards for protecting personal data, the enemies of freedom from Moscow to Beijing will rejoice."

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 15/03/2013

Germany should cut down on austerity

Just in time for the EU's summit meeting this Friday in Brussels, the German government has passed a balanced draft budget. The austerity-loving model pupil Germany could end up dividing the EU, the liberal daily Tages-Anzeiger fears: "Merkel would do better to act a little more humbly in the presence of her EU partners. As an export nation Germany has benefited from the euro more than anyone else. Even the euro's crisis years have been big business for the Eurozone's largest member. The government in Berlin is getting fresh cash for zero interest on the financial markets because investors are seeking refuge in Europe's safe havens. So Germany is benefiting from the crisis. The model pupil could come to be viewed as a dogmatist who pursues national interests without taking its partners into account. Everyone must cut costs, but Angela Merkel could well afford to slow down a little in this endeavour. It's detrimental when Germany achieves its austerity targets quicker than necessary while other euro countries fall further and further behind."

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 27/09/2012

Switzerland making euro crisis worse

In an analysis released on Tuesday, the rating agency Standard & Poor's indirectly blamed the Swiss National Bank's purchases of foreign currency, aimed at bringing down the franc's exchange rate, for the disparities in Eurozone interest rates. The more the euro crisis escalates, the more difficult it will be for Switzerland to avoid its impact, the liberal daily Tages-Anzeiger writes: "Autumn has brought a new test of endurance between the north and south, between the hard core of model pupils led by Germany and the debt sinners on the periphery. ... It's no wonder that all the nervousness is putting Switzerland - the outsider in the heart of the Eurozone - into the limelight. The criticism of the rating agency Standard & Poor's that Switzerland's monetary policy is widening the gap in the Eurozone could be just the beginning. A lot of the money pulled out of banks in Greece, Italy and Spain has landed in Switzerland - and that money is now urgently needed by the governments of the periphery. If the euro crisis continues to escalate the pressure on Switzerland may also grow."

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