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Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace - France | 20/02/2013

France as keen on reforms as Greece

French President François Hollande visited Greece on Tuesday. But unlike the visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel last year, the event failed to attract much attention from the Greek public. That's above all because all he could bring was pretty words, the regional daily Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace comments: "As a mediocre student of the European economics class, France is not really qualified to coach Greece. In addition, Paris has some curious similarities with Athens. For example the inability to reform an extremely free-spending state. In Greece, this comes from the fear of attacking the generalised corruption, the Church and the shipping companies head-on. In France, by contrast, it's due to a paralysis in face of the many committees that are as wasteful as they are futile, the useless golden sinecures for both left- and right-wing courtesans, and the numerous public representatives at the national, regional, departmental or municipal level with cushy, well-paid jobs."

Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace - France | 12/09/2012

Dutch elections crucial for Europe

Parliamentary elections take place in the Netherlands today. According to opinion polls, the Social Democrats are neck and neck with the governing right-wing liberals. The results of the election will be crucial for the future of Europe, writes the daily Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace: "For the Labour Party, governing together with the liberals would mean dropping the 'golden rule' of a budget deficit of three percent [of GDP] for 2013, and shifting the focus from the current government's austerity programme to stimulating growth. Such a political change in The Hague would be not without consequences for the entire Eurozone. Germany would lose the strong economic ally it has in the Netherlands: until now the two countries have been on the same wavelength. And Berlin would only feel more isolated vis-à-vis Southern and Central Europe (meaning France!). An isolation that our neighbours abhor. Because it could force them to be more flexible."

Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace - France | 30/03/2011

Division of Libya as a solution

The London conference on Tuesday came up with no concrete solutions to the crisis in Libya. In view of the historic rivalries between the western and eastern halves of the country, the daily Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace sees the division of the country as a possible solution, albeit one that would make the military intervention look like a fight for Libyan oil: "A historic feud simmers between the Cyrenaica and Tripolitania. A division of the country into the west under the green flag and the east under democratic rule in Benghazi is not to be ruled out. ... This possibly pro-Western government would guarantee access to the country's oil reserves. Nevertheless a division would be tantamount to a political disaster vis-a-vis the Arab World. The intervention to save the Libyan civilian population would immediately be perceived as a war for oil."

Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace - France | 08/02/2008

France's discreet 'yes' to the Lisbon Treaty

The editorialist Jean-Claude Kiefer refers to "a vote without glory or publicity, light years away from the ebullient eagerness that gripped the country two years ago ! ... Granted, the Lisbon Treaty, which is not simplified at all and is in fact totally illegible for anyone who is not a specialist in European law, is not the Constitution. Lisbon provides a manual and a tool, showing - like in the instructions of a DIY furniture kit - how to put the pieces together... once, that is, all the pieces are available. For the time being, only a few elements actually exist. ... Even though it opens up new possibilities, the Lisbon Treaty remains a tool, the efficiency of which can only be measured by the dexterity of the hands that will use it. And, political polemics foreign to Europe aside, this technical text no doubt deserved no better than a vote in the middle of the night."

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