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De Volkskrant - Netherlands | 12/02/2013

The intellectual shepherd has failed

Pope Benedict XVI has failed as the preserver of Church tradition, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant writes, hoping for a more modern successor: "As pope, Ratzinger presented himself as an intellectual, and was much more pastoral than people had expected. His messages were far less polemical than those of his predecessor. Benedict saw his task above all in interpreting the Catholic tradition, in the belief that this would lead his critics to arrive at the right insights. And that was precisely his mistake. ... It's a good thing that this Pope has now made room for another. Because despite all his mistakes, the number of Church members hasn't stopped growing - as unlikely as this might seem from a Western European perspective. That calls for new verve. The Church is in a new phase of development, flourishing above all outside Europe. It would be fitting for the next pope to be the symbol - and the face - of this development."

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | 01/02/2013

Fear of retaliatory strike by Iran

Israel's attack in Syria threatens to cause a dangerous escalation in the conflict, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant warns, fearing above all a retaliatory strike from Iran: "As understandable as Israel's struggle for security may be, the timing of the attack was very unfortunate. Russia sees the strike as an unacceptable attack on Syria's sovereignty. Moscow will now position itself even more resolutely behind Assad in a conflict which is constantly escalating. The prospect of a diplomatic solution now seems further away than ever. At the same time Israel is provoking Iran. This is ill-considered and risky. Tehran has after all already said that an attack against Syria is an attack against Iran. The Iranian threat of retaliation can be played down rhetorically given the impact that international sanctions have on the country. But Iran still sees itself as the most important player in the region and can't just stop at words if its wants to retain its credibility."

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | 15/01/2013

Military deployment the lesser evil

France's intervention in Mali is a necessary evil, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant writes: "President Hollande quite rightly fears that a Salafist, terrorist state that is only a five-hour flight away would pose a threat for all Europe. Because the entire region could fall into Salafist hands after Mali. A 'Sahelistan' on Europe's doorstep would be unacceptable. ... 'Operation Serval' was inevitable. How dangerous the initiative will be for French hostages in Mali remains to be seen. France will have factored in this risk, as with the risk of terrorist attacks in France. But sometimes there is no alternative and intervention is the lesser evil. No one wants another Afghanistan, Iraq or Libya. ... The biggest question now is: who will rebuild Mali and how once the Salafists have been driven out?"

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | 07/02/2011

Mubarak's cosmetic changes

In the wake of days of protest Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has reshuffled his government and instructed Vice President Omar Suleiman to negotiate with the opposition. Mubarak himself will remain as the country's president. But Europe must not be content with cosmetic changes, warns the left liberal daily De Volkskrant: "The satisfaction is understandable, also from a Western perspective. Chaos has been avoided. But the demonstrators themselves will not be so quick to rejoice. Replacing Mubarak with Suleiman would be like if East German leader Erich Honecker had been replaced by his closest second-in-command. Mubarak's system is tough. Major intervention is not to be expected. But Europe must not settle for such a solution too quickly. The underlying problem behind the uprisings in the region - the 100 million unemployed youths with no prospects for the future - remains a ticking time bomb. Europe too will feel its repercussions. Cosmetic changes aren't enough to deal with such a problem."

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