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Neuwirth, Dietmar

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Die Presse - Austria | 11/10/2013

Refugee policy to complement Eurosur

A week after the Lampedusa refugee tragegy the European Parliament voted on Thursday to step up controls on the EU's outer borders. The Eurosur border surveillance system will come into effect at the end of the year. Tightened controls are indeed helpful but must go hand in hand with other refugee policy measures, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse demands: "Refugees must be spread more quickly among the EU member states. ... Asylum procedures must be accelerated and asylum seekers must be allowed to engage in gainful employment, and they must be provided with lodgings that fulfil minimum standards. ... We must change the way the countries from which the refugees are coming are treated. ... This would necessitate an EU foreign policy that is aimed at settling conflicts, protecting human rights and advancing democratic development. ... To put it in slightly exaggerated terms, and as ruthless as it may sound, to achieve humane solutions we need more brains than heart in the policy-making process."

Die Presse - Austria | 29/03/2012

Last rites for Marxism

Pope Benedict XVI has silenced internal critics of the Church in Latin America, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse writes, questioning whether Catholic doctrine is still relevant today: "Joseph Ratzinger has managed to harness liberation theology across Latin America and bring it in line with the interests of Rome. With success, as he could see for himself on Wednesday at the end of his visit there. And in Cuba? There the Pontiff has so to speak paid a visit to Marxism on its death bed - the Marxism that  the Church fought against so passionately for decades  that other dangers were criminally overlooked. Benedict's obituary in the presence of Raul Castro went as follows: 'Marxist ideology no longer corresponds to reality.' Reality, tell us about it. Just how much does Catholic doctrine and order correspond to 'reality'? Few people in Mexico are asking themselves this question. But in Europe (and not only there) the number of those who are is growing. Soon these questions will also be Mexico's."

Die Presse - Austria | 24/06/2010

State reacts too slowly to abuse

Austria's bishops have approved a code of conduct against sexual abuse, but what about the state, asks the conservative daily Die Presse: "Where is the Republic's advocate for the protection of victims, and those of the federal states, which also run some of the institutions being charged with abuse? And what about a state fund for the victims? Where is the compensation for cases outside the Catholic Church that were committed too long ago to be brought to justice? Federal and state politics is playing dead. Just a single so-called round table held by the government in Vienna with paltry results, is that it? It is pathetic how people look at the Catholic Church with scarcely concealed malice and pretend that sexual abuse is exclusively its problem. Have we already forgotten? More than 99 percent of cases of sexual abuse are committed not by priests, chaplains, prefects or members of religious orders but by fathers, neighbours, uncles..."

Die Presse - Austria | 09/04/2009

Bans can damage your health

Vienna is currently considering banning eating on public transport. The daily Die Presse is sceptical about this excessive love of regulations: "Eating can damage your health. Or rather: Eating can damage your mental health. … We see that there can be many sources of annoyance, particularly in places where many people come together by chance (or is it fate?). Some see the human race as a whole as one great big annoyance. This may be a little exaggerated. What is clear is that only regulations can make human coexistence possible. But is it more bearable the stricter these regulations are? Now we're facing the threat of an official ban, this time on eating in vehicles of public transport in Vienna. Why not? At least it would be one annoyance less. But what about telephoning, gossiping and rustling newspapers? Bans can damage your mental health."

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