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Salzburger Nachrichten - Austria | 04/12/2015

Exodus to Europe: Tusk adds fuel to the fire

Speaking in an interview, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk has openly criticised Germany's refugee policy and described qualified majority voting on the distribution of refugees as tantamount to "political coercion". Tusk should be trying to calm the tensions rather than heightening them, the Christian-liberal daily Salzburger Nachrichten believes: "Of course the European Council president is free to voice his opinion and criticise leaders. One of his key tasks, however, is to foster 'cohesion and consensus' among the countries of the EU. To this extent it is understandable that Tusk should speak out against overruling individual countries. Consensus is a declared principle of the EU, even in areas where it is not legally required. If individual members block the action of the entire Union in a crisis, however, a majority decision is justified and necessary. As far as cohesion is concerned, Tusk's most recent statements certainly won't help matters. Instead he has added fuel to the fire and snubbed all those who are calling for solidarity and the equitable distribution of refugees."

Salzburger Nachrichten - Austria | 03/11/2015

Juncker can't make Commision more powerful

Sunday marked a year since the current EU Commission under Jean-Claude Juncker took office. Despite his experience in crisis management he has been unable to give the Commission more say on refugees and other issues, the Christian liberal daily Salzburger Nachrichten concludes: "Juncker is again trying to pull the strings like he did in the Greek crisis. The 60-year-old is one of the most active politicians in Brussels' crisis management and can rely on a number of networks built up over a decade. The phone lines at the Commission are ringing round the clock, as they did in the decisive phase of the negotiations with Athens. Juncker is publicly criticising those who in his view are blocking a solution. … Nonetheless his room for manoeuvre is limited. The Commission can only be as powerful as the EU states allow it to be and will tolerate. In his efforts to promote a common refugee policy Juncker has reached the limits of his power - at least for now."

Salzburger Nachrichten - Austria | 21/07/2015

Iran deal is also a coup for EU diplomacy

The nuclear deal with Iran is also a coup for the European External Action Service and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, writes the Christian liberal daily Salzburger Nachrichten: "This institution has almost no public presence despite having over 3000 employees and being the beating heart of EU diplomacy. … It was set up by Mogherini's predecessor Catherine Ashton, who earned few laurels during her time in office. She was accused of lacking assertiveness towards the member states and of general blandness. In actual fact she was instrumental in driving forward the very talks that her successor has now brought to a close. Ashton established the good relations with Iran that Mogherini was able to draw upon."

Salzburger Nachrichten - Austria | 02/06/2015

EU law applies for more than German road toll

The EU Commission has announced that it will initiate proceedings against Germany over its planned road toll. The conservative daily Salzburger Nachrichten reminds those in favour of the proceedings that they themselves often accuse the EU of interfering with national affairs: "Our hunting legislation violates EU regulations on the protection of wild birds, the Commission says. Specifically: Burgenland, Lower Austria and Salzburg permit the hunting of woodcocks in the spring. Even of the males during their courtship. If that doesn't change we could face charges at the European Court of Justice. A case of 'that's none of the EU's business'? Perhaps. The regulation itself can be questioned, but not the fact that the Commission insists that it be observed. The EU is a community based on the rule of law. The states can't pick and choose which rules they follow and which they don't. And the fact that the Commission takes a close look at other countries - as with Germany's road toll - suits us just fine."

Salzburger Nachrichten - Austria | 05/05/2015

Brits must reach decisions about future in EU

The question of a Brexit will continue to occupy Europe regardless of the election outcome, the Christian-liberal daily Salzburger Nachrichten expects: "With the elections this week the British will decide whether it comes to a vote on this question. ... Around one third of the population is currently for exiting the EU. Consequently the British will have to discuss their future in Europe no matter who wins the election this Thursday. Even the pro-European parties can't afford to leave the field to sceptics and populists like Nigel Farage's Ukip in the long term, otherwise a Brexit will remain an option. Whether or not Cameron can apply pressure with a referendum, the next government will have to discuss reforms with the EU. And all parties stand to benefit from that. Because the Brits share many concerns with other EU citizens, for example regarding the need for less bureaucracy and more transparency."

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