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Ström Melin, Annika

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Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | 11/09/2012

Fight against anti-European sentiment

The anti-EU policies of right-wing populist Geert Wilders and his demand that the Netherlands exit the euro must be staunchly opposed, the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter urges: "Only openness and good arguments can save the euro and the EU now. Wilders must be met with tough resistance, and there are hard statistics that can be used against him. [Contrary to Wilders' claims] the immigrant tradespeople from Poland and other Eastern European member states don't live on benefits but have jobs and work hard. The Netherlands benefits from free circulation of people. … The fact that both right and left-wing populists have lost ground [according to the polls of the last few weeks] can be seen as a good sign that voters realise what is at stake. But after following the toxic election debate one is forced to ask what the situation is for the euro - and the EU."

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | 15/05/2012

Annika Ström Melin on the EU's democracy crisis

Today's crisis of the EU is not just about economic interests, and just as much a crisis of democracy, the journalist Annika Ström Melin writes in the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter: "If the EU is to survive, the influence of the citizens must be strengthened at both the national and EU level. ... The Union will never be a completely democratic state structure with an elected government, common taxes and a joint security and defence policy. Nevertheless, despite its democratic weaknesses there is every reason to defend and develop the legacy of Robert Schuman [one of the founding fathers of the EU]. Ultimately it is a modern form of cooperation for independent democratic countries to join forces and seek solutions to common problems in a democratic way while continuing to exist as independent states. However the supranational rules must be strengthened regarding human rights. If you consider the extreme parties that are currently gaining ground with the EU crisis, it's good to know that the member states are not entirely free to do as they please."

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | 19/01/2012

France's far right too successful

The extreme right-wing French party Front National is gaining ground. According to a survey carried out last week by the opinion and market research firm TNS Sofres, 31 percent of respondents "back the ideas of the Front National". The daily Dagens Nyheter sees the poll as an alarm signal for France and Europe: "Above all the party finds support among the rural workforce. The statistics could hardly be more clear: these are the people who suffer the most from the austerity measures and unemployment. ... The high level of support for the Front National is further bolstered by dissatisfaction with other parties. In the conservative camp many have lost faith in Nicolas Sarkozy. He wanted to create jobs for the French but has failed to keep his promise. In addition the Front National has lured traditional left-wing voters with a rhetorical style that has borrowed much from the Left in terms of form and content. ... [The leader of the FN] Marine Le Pen will certainly not be Sarkozy's successor. But she could very well make it to the second round of the presidential elections at the end of April. That is bad enough."

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | 31/03/2010

Turkey a step further on the long road to the EU

After the initial discord sparked by the Swedish parliament's decision in mid-March to describe the massacre of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as genocide, relations between Turkey and Sweden are gradually normalising and the Turkish embassador has returned to Stockholm. The Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter sees this as a small step on Turkey's way to the EU: "The constitutional amendments presented yesterday by Prime Minister Erdoğan are also grounds for hope. Broadening the mandate of the Turkish civil courts and making it more difficult for the constitutional court to ban political parties are further steps in the right direction. But much remains to be done. Before accession negotiations can really start, Turkey must open its ports for Cypriot ships and introduce further constitutional reforms. These must not stop at limiting the power of the Turkish military. A country without constitutional rights for ethnic minorities or a full right to free opinion cannot become a member of the EU."

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