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Kurier - Austria | 28/07/2010

No such thing as partial accession

The daily Kurier can't entirely understand the Icelanders' sudden EU-weariness: "The mood can swing that quickly: Only last autumn a majority of the 320,000 Icelanders saw swift accession to the EU as their way out of state bankruptcy. Now that the membership negotiations have officially begun at least six out of ten Icelanders are against it. … It's no wonder people are already betting that Iceland's binding referendum on EU membership will produce a negative result. In Reykjavik people are pointing to their close brothers in Norway, who are doing very well without the EU. But the Icelanders - and anyone else who wants to shelter under the EU's roof - must be clear about one thing: There's no such thing as 'a little EU membership'. It's either all or nothing."

Kurier - Austria | 26/08/2008

International law in danger

Der Kurier newspaper comments on how the geopolitical conflicts of the past months, especially the Caucasus crisis and the recognition of Kosovo, have flown in the face of international law. Politicians now justify their actions almost as they please, the paper writes. "The Georgia conflict has flabbergasted experts on international law. It is stupefying to see how few legal arguments still hold. There is no end to the contradictions: how the EU and the US justified the independence of Kosovo, what Moscow said against it, and how both sides now talk about the secession of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. What was valid in Kosovo is no longer valid in Georgia - and vice versa. ... This is the staggering thing about the current crisis in Europe: we no longer have any political principles. Countries justify their actions any way they please. ... Even if they do not find their way to a new partnership, the EU and Russia would do well to at least return to the basic understanding of the 1990s: changes in Europe's political map should only take place in the most extreme cases - and only peaceably. But President Medvedev's disregard for all warnings in recognising the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia does not bode well for EU-Russian relations."

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