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Wiener Zeitung - Austria | 03/07/2015

Greek government sullying left ideals

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis are betraying the ideals of the left, journalist Werner Stanzl criticises in the liberal daily Wiener Zeitung: "The editors of almost all German-language newspapers, radios and television stations have rushed to present the empty verbiage of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis as leftist thought - or even as its elixir. Nothing does more to disqualify this view than the in part intentional, in part naive lack of criticism with which the half-truths and falsehoods from Athens have been cast as part of a pan-European socialist programme. .. Leftist politicians would never have taken risks with such catastrophic repercussions for the entire populace. Syriza's gamble is a display of contempt for human lives, and has completely besmirched the ideas of the left."

Wiener Zeitung - Austria | 05/11/2014

Give us the Internet tax!

After the failure of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's plans for an Internet tax journalist Werner Stanzl argues in the state-run daily Wiener Zeitung that in principle such a tax is a good idea: "A tax of around a euro per gigabyte would be a fair requirement in terms of competition. After all, consumers are forced to pay a contribution in the form of VAT on everything they buy, including newspapers and books. So why should such access to information and entertainment via the Internet be tax-free? It's a wonder publishers didn't start shrieking about being put at a disadvantage long ago. ... The taxation of bytes would certainly make things more exciting: How would the Internet consumer react to byte-intensive online advertisements? Would he click on those advertisements if he knew it cost money? And even more exciting: How would the advertising strategists react to this?"

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