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Die Zeit - Germany | 05/12/2012

Only a calm call for freedom can help

Mursi's method - a well-organised party administrates an authoritarian democracy - could set a precedent for the entire region, the liberal weekly Die Zeit warns, urging Europe to act with caution: "It should not take the sledgehammer approach because any intervention in the Middle East is perceived as neo-colonial behaviour. Europe must make it clear that it wants to promote freedom and only freedom - including the freedom of those who have different political or religious beliefs. As far as Turkey is concerned we have the progress reports of the European Union. The last one had Erdoğan frothing at the mouth. And so it should have. And Mursi? When the Egyptian president comes to Berlin next spring, the main topic of discussion must be freedom. He knows that the EU has promised Egypt five billion euros. And he also knows that Europe won't deliver that amount if Egypt remains unfree. In the meantime the proviso is not to bury anything that's still alive."

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