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Le Temps - Switzerland | 15/05/2009

Italy's anti-kebab campaign

The daily Le Temps comments on the current anti-kebab campaign and the hostile attitude towards so-called "foreign fast-food" in Italy: "One should avoid eating kebabs. They're fatty, salty and choke up your arteries. … Moreover they are generally produced by foreigners who cannot guarantee full adjustment to Italian eating habits. … In addition to kebabs the dispute also extends to Chicken Chop Suey and the fish in sushi. Do we know where they come from? French cuisine is spared criticism. The dietary merits of steak and chips with Béarnaise sauce continue to be convincing. … As a country noted for its vitamin-rich gastronomy and glorious vegetables, Italy would be a good candidate to plunge into a large-scale campaign in favour of the low-calorie kebab - if this was all about healthy eating. But other aspects play a role. The protection of gastronomic traditions, for instance. … And ultimately national preferences."

Le Temps - Switzerland | 06/04/2009

Sylvie Arsever on the new liberalism debate

Sylvie Arsever discusses in Le Temps the change in power relations between advocates and opponents of ultra-liberalism: "The most ardent supporters of the classical liberal model are the most optimistic. They compare the virulence of the current crisis with the relative moderation of earlier crises, reminding people of the benefits of the liberal revolution in the 1980s: the disappearance of exchange controls, the freedom of travel, the harmonisation of monetary policy, tax reductions and the progress of human rights and democracy. ... Now however it is the most critical voices that make themselves heard. They maintain that economic growth has provoked an unprecedented concentration of wealth in the hands of a tiny group of 'super rich', and that the buying power of the large majority has only increased marginally - or in the case of the United States not at all. For them this increase in inequality is politically unacceptable, especially at a time when economic circumstances are once more making solidarity a necessary virtue. ... Neither of these discourses is new, but what is new is the change in power relations between the two."

Le Temps - Switzerland | 09/02/2006

The French judicial machine under the media spotlight

Sylvie Arsever comments on the televised broadcast of Judge Fabrice Burgaud's hearing before a parliamentary investigative commission, during which he spoke at length about his actions in the Outreau paedophilia case. "A legitimate attempt at transparency in a scandal that has shaken France? Or a mediatic free-for-all - yet another one in a case that saw worse moments in its earliest stages? This is not the first reform the French justice system has seen, and the proposals for improving it that the commission's members will be expected to make once they have identified the causes of this extraordinary blunder at the end of their hearings, will not be the last. But their work still carries an added dimension. They are shining a light into the black box of the penal process: the preliminary investigation. And on Wednesday [February the 7th], they began to uncover the mechanisms of the judicial machine."

Le Temps - Switzerland | 07/02/2006

Switzerland balks at passing new euthanasia law

After announcing that a new law on euthanasia was in the works, the Swiss Federal Council may soon backtrack, following a report from a ministerial working group that recommends refraining from passing legislation. Sylvie Arsever asks in an editorial "how long this political abstention will remain worth it. The emotions aroused by 'suicide tourism' have shown that a gulf can emerge between the actions of those who are most committed, and the general public's sensitivity. Moreover, applying practice to reality is today running up against limits that are impossible to overcome in the absence of a real democratic debate. ... The position of the DFJP [the working group] is reasonable. But it is not clear that it is the most opportune. And it is certainly not the most courageous."

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