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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 16/10/2013

Don't saddle taxpayers with bank debts

Bailing out the banks at the expense of the Irish taxpayers was a mistake, the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung comments and calls for the EU to take over payment of the bank debt: "The cuts in spending and the tax hikes will amount to around 30 billion euros - that's 60 percent of the public expenditure for 2007. So far the Irish people have borne their fate with admirable stoicism. Now the economy is showing the first tentative signs of recovery and is ready for new challenges. The risks remain considerable, because the mountain of debt has taken on dangerous proportions and the banks are on very shaky ground. Their bailout at the expense of the Irish taxpayer was a mistake; satisfying all the creditors' demands was the result of an erroneous dogma. Therefore the EU, which urgently needs a successful example for its austerity policy, would be well advised to assume the Irish bank debts at least in part."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 10/04/2008

Northern Ireland, a model for peace

Martin Alioth is optimistic about Northern Ireland's peace process. According to him, in 1998 anything more that an ideological and denominational proportional representation would not have been possible. "Yet it's undisputable that the situation remains fundamentally disappointing. There's hardly any bloodshed and the neuralgic parades of the Orange order have lost their intensity, but the walls that divide Catholics from Protestants at the behest of the residents have grown stronger over the past ten years instead of shrinking. Encounters between members of the two religious communities across the denominational divide have become fewer rather than more frequent. The hope of a gradual process of self-healing within this society remain unfulfilled, and there's no sign of concrete aid because the peace was imposed from above rather than coming from the base."

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | 06/03/2008

Ian Paisley's mixed legacy

"The not entirely voluntary resignation of Northern Ireland's head of government, Ian Paisley, raises interesting questions about the power of individuals to shape historical processes," Martin Alioth writes. "Because Paisley, the contrary spirit who always said no, didn't create the destructive emotions that divided Northern Ireland for almost forty years out of nothing. ... The long duration of this conflict would have been practically unthinkable without this troublemaker in his cassock. It may seem appalling that this man now wants to go down in history as a courageous peacemaker, but as everybody knows, every story is defined by its ending."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 29/01/2007

Sinn Féin accepts Northern Irish police

Ireland correspondent Martin Alioth examines the political implications of Sinn Féin's decision: "In view of recent developments, the British government must now decide whether it will dissolve the current Northern Ireland parliament on January 30 and call new elections for March 7. Everything indicates that it will, even though Ian Paisley, who leads the most important party in Northern Ireland, has not yet made a clear promise to build a coalition. On the 26 March, a local Northern Irish government will replace British direct rule. Meanwhile, Sinn Féin is looking over the border – elections will be held in the Republic of Ireland in either May or June. In its new status as a law-abiding political party, Sinn Féin is a potential coalition partner in the new government in Dublin. The strategic and political skills of the experienced leaders of this party should not be underestimated."

Der Standard - Austria | 12/10/2006

A breakthrough in the Northern Ireland conflict

Martin Alioth says the resumption of talks aimed at establishing a regional government for Northern Ireland in the Scottish town of St. Andrews could lead to a breakthrough in the Northern Ireland conflict. "The Irish Republican Army, once Europe's most dangerous terrorist group, has submitted to the normative forces of politics and laid down its arms. Its leadership's disassociation from criminal activities has been publicly acknowledged. And now its political arm, the Sinn Fein party under Gerry Adams' leadership, is apparently prepared to back the Northern Irish police force for the first time in history. In doing so the IRA is openly recognising the authority of the British state. These are remarkably positive developments, even if they are taking place very slowly. Northern Ireland is on its way to becoming a shining example of how to resolve conflicts."

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