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Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | 16/12/2015

Peace in Syria only with Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has founded an Islamic military alliance against terrorism together with more than 30 other states, the country announced on Tuesday. Even if the alliance still has no plans for how to achieve its objectives it is an important step, the centre-left daily Frankfurter Rundschau believes. "The West should count the Saudi-led alliance on its side and make the best of the process started in Riyadh. ... Only if the international community can accept Riyadh's idea rather than rejecting it can it come closer to solving this complex problem. Only then will it be able to prevent Saudia Arabia from using the new coalition merely to polish its sullied image or from joining forces against Iran, which is not part of the new federation. There are grounds for cautious optimism. ... The fight against the IS and the peace process in Syria can only succeed with the Saudis, and never against them."

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | 25/11/2015

Only IS benefits from downed Russian plane

The terrorist IS is the main beneficiary of this occurrence, comments the centre-left daily Frankfurter Rundschau: "Erdoğan and Putin are using the incident to exchange strong words aimed at keeping their audiences at home happy. Nato is busy trying to contain the damage. French President Hollande, meanwhile, has completed this disastrous picture by talking of war after the Paris attacks, conducting symbolic bombings on IS targets in Syria and visiting his allies to talk about the fight against the terrorists - as if this were an entirely new conflict rather than one in which countless people have already died over the years. The secret winners here are the 'holy warriors'. They are celebrating the weakness of the international community which has long been their main strength. And they will be delighted that hardly anyone is now pushing for the peace process urgently needed to end the Syrian civil war."

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | 07/04/2014

Support the Afghans' desire for democracy

An estimated 60 percent of eligible voters took part in the Afghan elections on Saturday, compared with only 30 percent in 2009. By going to the polls despite the fear of attacks the voters stood up to the Taliban, the left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau writes: "For the first time in their country's history, they have shown their will to transfer power peacefully from one leader to the next. In so doing they have disproved all those in the donor countries who claimed they weren't ready for democracy. They sent a message to their fatigued helpers not to leave the progressive forces who are fighting the rebels in the Hindu Kush in the lurch. In the end the Afghans have so to speak legitimated the presence of the international community. As if to say: you haven't helped us in vain. Provided the new president and the West draw the right conclusions, this country can make progress despite the many problems that have dogged it until now."

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | 24/08/2010

Trimming down Europe's armies

Germany plans to reduce its army by up to a third of its current size and abolish compulsory military service. This most comprehensive reform in the history of the German Bundeswehr must be coordinated with EU defence policy, writes the left-liberal Frankfurter Rundschau: "We're talking about ... considerable saving potential here. ... The 27 EU member states allow themselves the luxury of two million soldiers at present. And only ten percent of them can be deployed for actual missions. All that gobbles up around 200 billion euros each year. It won't stay like that. ... The same goes for the EU states' army equipment projects. Here too, cooperation could save resources that are urgently needed elsewhere. In the long term Europe should certainly give up the practice of producing several types of tanks in low numbers for different armies. ... Not a single EU state - not even Germany - will be able to single-handedly protect its geopolitical security interests in the long term."

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