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Milecan, Gilles

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La Libre Belgique - Belgium | 21/08/2015

Favourable wind blowing for Tsipras

Tsipras is playing his hand like a poker player and looks set to win the next round, the daily La Libre Belgique comments: "Even before getting his cards, a player has to take stock of how much he can bet. Transposed to Tsipras's terrain, this indicates that the winner of seven months ago should also take the next elections. Without an opposition that's able to get the better of Syriza and without a genuine programmatic debate, the real risk Tsipras faces comes from his own far-left party. …  There, too, the context seems to favour Tsipras: short of resigning en masse and creating a party that starts over from scratch, the Syriza MPs who no longer give the government their vote of confidence can only campaign for their own party, and therefore for Tsipras."

La Libre Belgique - Belgium | 13/03/2014

Bugging scandal brings transparency to Paris

The French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira has rejected calls for her resignation in the affair over the bugging of Nicolas Sarkozy's phone calls. She admitted on Thursday that she had known about the recordings as early as February. The liberal daily La Libre Belgique believes the public discussion is good for transparency in the judiciary: "The current storm has caused a flurry of expression-mongering, from 'obfuscation' and 'trafficking of influence' to 'state lies' and 'political espionage'. The control mechanisms provided by the independence of the state powers will never be sufficient to eradicate all doubt. And since assumptions circulate faster than information, the judicial authorities must get used to a certain degree of public discussion. Good for them! That will only improve the quality of their services and make it easier to assess their work, regardless of whether they acquit or convict. And they would be more motivated as well. In short: they would become the guarantors of judicial transparency."

La Libre Belgique - Belgium | 30/07/2013

A good start without any guarantee of success

The new Middle East negotiations under the aegis of the US are a positive development but they will require courage on the part of those involved, the conservative daily La Libre Belgique writes: "How should we view the new Israeli-Palestinian talks if not as good news? Of course the efforts of the facilitators are welcome, but their legitimacy, like the prospects of reaching a peace agreement, is entirely in the hands of the protagonists. The fact that they are now shouldering responsibility for another attempt at a peaceful outcome is in itself good news. ... How to reach the finish line? Four basic points are unavoidable: the demarcation of a border between the two states, the fate of the Israeli settlements, the right of return for Palestinian refugees and the status of East Jerusalem. This squaring of the circle has been known for a long time. Solving it, as is also well known, requires political courage."

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