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Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 17/05/2011

Warrant against Gaddafi changes nothing

The chief prosecutor in the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, on Monday filed a request for an arrest warrant against Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanussi. The left-leaning daily die tageszeitung finds the gesture irrelevant: "The Libyan terrorist leader faces considerable threats, but a cell in Scheveningen is not one of them. Firstly, a request for an arrest warrant is not the same as a judicial warrant. In the case of [Sudanese President] Bashir it took around eight months for a warrant to be issued after the request was filed. The Libyan people no longer have that much time. Secondly, the Libyan authorities would be responsible for enforcement, but it's unlikely that they would then proceed to arrest Gaddafi. ... Nothing has changed for Libya. Any other solution than the victory of the freedom fighters is unthinkable. But Moreno-Ocampo says nothing about how this solution is to be achieved. Nor is he in a position to do so. The ball's not in his court."

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 26/11/2008

Europe's unfair dialogue with Africa

At an EU-Africa summit in Paris on Tuesday the EU tried to rally support for its immigration pact among African partner states. The left-wing daily die tageszeitung describes the partnership as unfair. "This is how the European Union pictures dialogue with Africa: First the Europeans work out a political course among themselves. Then the Africans are asked to approve it. This is what they call partnership. On this basis, and in return for development aid, the African governments are to undertake to wrap their citizens over the knuckles whenever they get the silly idea of emigrating to Europe without Europe having asked them to do so. ... Is this what the future of European-African relations is supposed to look like?"

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 04/02/2008

The difficult deployment of Eufor troops in Africa

Nobody will miss the EUFOR troops who will not be deployed in the troubled region for the time being because of the war, Dominic Johnson believes. "But the country's civil groups above all will sorely miss more European commitment to promote democracy and the rule of law. Only last year did the government agree to take steps towards free elections and include the opposition in their preparation, responding to EU pressure. Instead of pressing ahead with them, the European Union focussed solely on its response unit backed by France. If even foreign countries cannot suggest alternatives to military means when dealing with Chad – who else can be expected to come down on the side of peace?"

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