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Wiener Zeitung - Austria | 22/04/2014

Election will prolong killing in Syria

Presidential elections were announced on Monday for June 3 in Syria, although the country is in the midst of a civil war. Head of state Bashar al-Assad has not yet confirmed that he will run, nevertheless he is expected to seek another seven-year term. In that case he will miss a key opportunity, the state-run liberal daily Wiener Zeitung criticises: "Assad is failing to take advantage of an excellent opportunity to leave politics and allow Syria a fresh start. ... Even his closest ally Iran has been pressuring him not to run for office behind the scenes. ... Granted: like Russia, Iran will continue to stand by the Syrian regime - but for everyone concerned, apart from the Syrians themselves, Syria is nothing more than the battlefield of a cynical proxy war between a secular tyrant and Islamist terrorists, between Russia and the West, between Iran and the Gulf states plus Turkey. Assad is the main culprit, yes, but not the only one. His candidacy on June 3 will guarantee that the killing continues."

Wiener Zeitung - Austria | 26/07/2013

Europe's budding recovery needs fertiliser now

A number of signs are pointing to tentative economic recovery in Europe. In Spain, for example, unemployment levels dropped in the second quarter of 2013 for the first time in two years, and the French finance minister announced 0.2 percent growth for the same period. Now everyone just has to turn their backs on austerity at last, writes the state-owned liberal Wiener Zeitung: "Many European countries have made grave mistakes in the crisis. Instead of compensating the deficit in consumer demand with public demand in the panic years, and thus stabilising the economy many governments tightened the money supply. ... Europeans didn't want to hear about joint debt management - or in other words euro bonds - and opted instead for 'every man for himself', the dictum of ice-cold fiscal Darwinism. ... Things may at last be looking up for the European economy, despite all the mistakes that have been made. A little fertiliser for the fragile recovery sapling would not go amiss this time though."

Die Presse - Austria | 09/12/2011

Putin's post-election paranoia

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday blamed the US for stirring up protest against the alleged vote-rigging in the parliamentary elections. He's turning a blind eye to reality, writes the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse: "Putin's post-election paranoia is a further sign that the man lost his grasp of the reality in his country long ago. Many Russians are simply fed up with the corruption, cronyism and authoritarian structures in the country, and they don't need a call from Washington to get them out onto the street - not even in the Russian winter. Interesting is the reaction from Putin's comrade (or puppet?), President Medvedev. The protests against the way the election was run are nothing out of the ordinary, he said, but an 'expression of democracy'. A democracy, that is, in which more than 1,000 demonstrators have been arrested since the start of the protests."

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