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Pabst, Volker

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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 02/07/2014

Comeback still possible

Despite his arrest Nicolas Sarkozy could still make a political comeback for the presidential elections in 2017, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung writes, recalling that he's not the first French president to get on the wrong side of the law: "His predecessor Jacques Chirac was even given a suspended sentence over a financial affair. However Sarkozy - who's as ambitious as he is conscious of his power - has an even bigger reputation than others for believing he's above the law. ... Nevertheless this doesn't necessarily put an end to his plans to return to national politics. The French are generous with their leaders. Debates over virtuous conduct, plagiarised doctorates or extramarital affairs of the kind to be seen in Germany or the US mostly provoke only a shrug of indifference in the land of joie de vivre. And such misconduct rarely ends a political career."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 16/04/2014

Putin benefits from chaos in eastern Ukraine

The more tense the situation becomes in eastern Ukraine, the more this plays into Moscow's hands, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung believes: "The escalation of the situation in eastern Ukraine suits the Kremlin to a T because it faces the Ukrainian government with a dilemma. If it lets the separatists get their way it will increasingly lose control of the areas in the east of the country. ... But if Kiev takes resolute action against the pro-Russian activists, bloodshed will be inevitable and Moscow will have diverse excuses to officially intervene to protect ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine. The troops are positioned near the border ready for action. Both scenarios would make the orderly execution of presidential elections on May 25 more complicated, if not impossible, which will enable Moscow to continue claiming that Ukraine lacks a legitimate leadership."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 03/04/2013

Political price for weapons will rise

The global arms treaty will be an effective instrument even though Iran, Syria and North Korea voted against it, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung predicts, since "the process of discrediting anti-personnel mines also started small, and even today not every state has signed the Ottawa Treaty. Nevertheless few countries still consider anti-personnel mines legitimate weapons. And as the rendition of a suspected Congolese war criminal by the US to the International Criminal Court - a body it doesn't recognise - shows, states that haven't signed an international treaty can still implicitly recognise its value. Dictators like Syrian President Assad will continue to purchase arms on the global market and use them against their own people. But the political price paid by the sellers will rise."

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