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Sme - Slovakia | 05/11/2015

Exodus to Europe: Quotas still the best solution

With the six refugee families from Syria and Iraq who were flown from Greece to Luxembourg on Tuesday, just 116 of the targeted 160,000 refugees have been redistributed within the EU. This should be no reason for opponents of the quota system to celebrate, the liberal daily Sme believes: "Of course quotas aren't the ultimate solution to the refugee crisis. The system has a slew of problems and unanswered questions. And quotas alone won't be sufficient either. Nevertheless they are the clearest programme Brussels has put on the table so far. Protecting Europe's external borders is important, but it won't help the hundreds of thousands of people who've already arrived here. They need the hope that someone will look kindly on them and assess their aspirations objectively. They can't wait for years just because the Greek and Italian authorities are overburdened."

Sme - Slovakia | 12/10/2015

Turkey heading for civil war

Turkey is closer than ever to civil war after the Ankara bombings, the liberal daily Sme fears: "Erdoğan is concentrating enough power in his hands. He has the security forces safely on his side. Only the last elections stopped him on his path to omnipotence, and they are to be repeated on November 1. The Kurds, however, who see the chance to create their own state from the Syrian and Iraqi chaos, are considerably stronger now. With the support of the West they are successfully battling the IS. The West needs both sides against the IS, the Kurds and the Turks. It can't afford to lose an ally and doesn't know who to side with. … All this could unleash a civil war. And what can trigger it more easily than an attack right in the capital?"

Sme - Slovakia | 22/09/2015

No one's afraid of Alexis Tsipras

Alexis Tsipras was sworn in as Greek Prime Minister in Athens on Monday. But Europe's political establishment is no longer afraid of him like it was back in January, the liberal daily Sme observes: "When the Syriza party won a clear victory in the parliamentary elections eight months ago, it seemed that Europe was facing big problems: the collapse of the Eurozone, a recession, the gradual collapse of the European institutions and the growing influence of Russia. None of this happened. All that happened was endless negotiations which, according to Tsipras, changed Europe. But in reality they changed him. The radical left swam against the current for as long as it could until it realised how dangerous this could be … Yes, even a Marxist can convey the impression of stability in today's Europe."

Sme - Slovakia | 31/07/2015

Matúš Krčmárik criticises verbal dehumanisation of refugees

The debate over the refugees in the Channel Tunnel is now marked by a dangerous choice of words, warns Matúš Krčmárik in the liberal daily Sme: "This dehumanisation is a step towards the 'final solution'. The Nazis caricatured the Jews, the Hutus called the Tutsis cockroaches. The genocide that followed began with words. … The fear of black people attacking 'decent Europeans' in the night is deeply rooted in many people's minds. When those 'decent Europeans' then see the pictures from Calais the question they naturally ask themselves is: 'Do we really want these people in our country?' … Those people are not clambering onto lorries out of summertime boredom. Of course there will be a few criminals among the refugees. But it is absurd to claim that tens of thousands of people are coming to Europe to rape the local women or burn down the churches. It is not nameless hordes who are jumping onto lorries, but people with a specific fate."

Sme - Slovakia | 13/03/2015

Greece distancing itself from Europe

Greek Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos is considering seizing German property and selling it off, with the proceeds going to relatives of Greek victims of the Nazis. The liberal daily Sme doubts that Greece feels any sense of still belonging to Europe at this stage: "Greece, which quite rightly sees itself as the cradle of European civilisation, is growing increasingly removed from modern Europe. This is the only way to interpret the remarks recently made by representatives of the government in Athens. Threats that they will allow jihadists to trickle into Europe or confiscate German property on Greek territory are unrealistic, but they show how part of the Greek leadership thinks. ... Yet the Greek politicians know that help from Europe, even if it is tied to tough conditions, is the best option. Russia doesn't have the resources Europe has to help the Greeks. Certainly not at this point in time. ... Athens can decide whether it wants to continue being part of Europe."

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