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Teeffelen, Gert-Jan van

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De Volkskrant - Netherlands | 30/06/2009

The situation is normalising in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is increasingly becoming like a normal British province now that several Protestant loyalist groups have destroyed their weapons arsenals, writes the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: "Even the most die-hard cynics are now convinced that the insane period of violence is over. Catholics and Protestants have been sitting together in the government since 2007. Not so long ago that was just as unimaginable as Israelis and Palestinians deciding to share the reins of power. It works, it seems. ... With this historical disarming, the province has now become more normal. Fewer and fewer Northern Irish have problems with neighbours of the other confession. At the same time, however, it is striking that xenophobia and racism are growing. Around one hundred Romanians, mostly Roma, were recently chased out of a Protestant neighbourhood in Belfast. Some of them were so taken by fear that they left the country. ... From murder to racism, cynics will say that in any case it's an improvement."

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | 04/06/2009

British media's self-criticism won't last long

After the tremendous media hype surrounding Susan Boyle, who finished second in the television show "Britain's Got Talent", the British media were quick to question their own behaviour. But this attitude of self-criticism won't last long, surmises the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: "There's always one dispute or another in Britain with the potential of being blown out of all proportion. And when the British media volcano erupts, the smoke clouds can be seen throughout the world. Today's expense account affair is certainly substantial, and raises questions about the integrity of politicians. But the media are so fevered, so bloodthirsty, that there is hardly any room for nuance. Former prime minister Tony Blair once said that the country's media was 'like a feral beast, just tearing people and reputations to bits'. ... Blair's attack is more to the point with every passing day. ... The self-criticism [of the media over Susan Boyle] will probably not last for long. Tomorrow is a new day, ready for new stars and new scandals."

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