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Mülherr, Silke

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Die Welt - Germany | 20/10/2015

Dangerous backlog in the Balkans

The inaction of the governments of the EU member states is to blame for the fact that the situation on the Balkan route threatens to get completely out of control, the conservative daily Die Welt comments: "It doesn't take complex calculations to figure out that a dangerous backlog is building up there. The danger lies in the fact that the desperation and anger of the people there could soon turn into violence. … It was predictable that the countries of south-eastern Europe would raise the white flag at some point. It was predictable that the onslaught of refugees would put the solidarity of the poorer EU states to the test. Yet despite this the EU knowingly allowed itself to slide into this situation without agreeing on a common strategy in time to prevent it. A unilateral 'We can do it' is just as unhelpful as the fences of the Eastern Europeans who have no intention of backing Merkel's promise. But there is no alternative to distribution quotas and measures to secure the external borders."

Die Welt - Germany | 26/01/2015

Tsipras will tell uncomfortable truths

Out of pure necessity election winner Alexis Tsipras will be the leader who pushes through unpleasant reforms in Greece, the conservative daily Die Welt suspects: "It will be up to the gifted populist Tsipras to confront the Greeks, too many of whom still refuse to see reality, with some unpleasant truths. The most important truth is that Greece is broke, and if it can't find any new sponsors Tsipras will have to give in and go to the troika for help. ... Another factor in Tsipras's favour is that the people trust him. Unlike the established parties he is not seen as a puppet of the foreign creditors - also because of his blocking tactics towards Brussels and Berlin. Who, if not Tsipras, can push through the necessary reforms against all the opposition?"

Die Welt - Germany | 14/03/2013

EU parliament rightly demands a say

The European Parliament, which has the right to vote on the EU budget this year for the first time, rejected on Wednesday the compromise that was painstakingly reached reached by the member governments a month ago. Nevertheless the veto is not an expression of blanket denial, writes the conservative daily Die Welt: "The MEPs' willingness to stick firmly to the proposed upper limit on expenditures can be considered a constructive contribution to the crisis. At the same time, however, the MEPs don't want to lose their right to take an active part in the decision-making. For that reason they insist on having a say on the distribution of funds. In their view the proposal from the capitals, which once again want to put a large share of EU funding into agricultural subsidies, is too retrograde. Because, they argue, this approach neglects investments in education and technology which could counter the high unemployment in Europe. ... Hence the Parliament is not seeking a trial of strength. ... On the contrary, the MEPs are using their influence to put forward their idea of a better Europe."

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