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Die Zeit - Germany | 12/02/2015

US must cede to European leadership

In view of the differences of opinion between Germany and the US over weapons deliveries to Ukraine it's time for a paradigm shift in relations between Europe and the EU, the weekly newspaper Die Zeit believes: "No one should try to whitewash this Transatlantic conflict by describing it as a division of labour. Sanctions and weapons deliveries do not complement one another. If America presses ahead militarily, EU consensus on the sanctions will be a thing of the past. ... This discussion clearly exemplifies how decades of American dominance in issues of European foreign policy have influenced attitudes on this side of the Atlantic. ... The US's impatience is not directed at Putin but at Chancellor Merkel. Anyone who does not allow enough time for the EU's policy of sanctions to take effect is playing into the hands of the Kremlin. If there is to be an escalation, then let it be with the sanctions! ... Of course the West must not become divided. For that reason this time the US must cede to Europe's leaders."

Die Zeit - Germany | 05/09/2013

Bernd Ulrich on the historic US vote on a Syria strike

US President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress to approve military intervention against Syria next week. A historic moment, writes Bernd Ulrich, deputy editor of the liberal weekly Die Zeit, adding that we must hope he secures a solid majority: "Up to now mankind has seldom shocked itself enough to impose strict bans. Among those things it has banned are the nuclear bomb, which was used at the end of the Second World War, and poisonous gas, the terrible legacy of the First World War. ... The world needs more such taboos, not fewer. So in this sense punishing Assad is compulsory. This is the big, almost too big justification. The smaller and more human one is that military punitive action will help the people in Syria more than no punitive action at all. Ultimately, whether this sentence is correct decides everything. And here, if we banish the ghosts of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, the answer is relatively simple: if the West does nothing Assad will interpret this as an invitation to continue using poisonous gas. If the West reacts on a small scale, then Assad will know that if he commits further gas crimes he must reckon with larger-scale interventions."

Zeit Online - Germany | 30/10/2012

Bernd Ulrich exposes europhorics as pragmatists

Europhorics like Austrian writer Robert Menasse, German sociologist Ulrich Beck and German MEP Daniel Cohn-Bendit are turning Europe into an ideology, Bernd Ulrich criticises on the online portal of the liberal weekly Die Zeit, stressing that what Europe is really about is power politics: "With their attempt to escape the demons of the past through a completely integrated Europe with insignificant nation states, they wind up faced with precisely what they are trying to flee, namely the past in the form of a recrudescence of Wilhelminist ideology. ... Of course there is something to the argument that only a united Europe can compete in today's world with the power centres comprised by the US, India, Brazil, Russia and China. (Even if a united Europe was snubbed by the other powers at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference three years ago while a divided Europe managed to move the US to intervene in Libya.) ... The thing is, however, that self-assertion is an ice-cold pragmatic argument. Despite the aftertaste of Wilhelminism, what Europe really wants is to secure itself a place in the sun. ... So in fact this is not about the question of whether to say yes or no to the nation state but about power and grandeur."

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