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Jungholt, Thorsten

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Die Welt - Germany | 01/12/2015

Germany's Syria mission lacks clear mandate

The German cabinet approved a military mission with German troops in Syria on Tuesday. The Bundestag will start discussing the mandate on Wednesday. The government's mandate seeks support not only for France, but also for Iraq and the international alliance. The plan is faulty, the conservative daily Die Welt believes: "Any country that sends soldiers to war has a duty to provide a clear legal justification, backed up by security policy reasoning and mission objectives. None of that is to be found in the draft mandate. For lack of a suitable mandate from the UN Security Council, various resolutions have been cobbled together willy-nilly. ... In this way the government is having us stumble awkwardly into an adventure with no clear outcome. Germany is not a play-maker here, but is adapting to France's expectations. That opens it up to being taken in by Russian President Vladimir Putin. He has a clear interest in this conflict, namely his influence in the Middle East."

Die Welt - Germany | 21/08/2009

Act of mercy or deal?

Commenting on the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi from his Scottish prison the conservative daily Die Welt writes: "The circumstances of the act of mercy give rise to doubts because it smacks of a deal. Is it merely a coincidence that high-ranking British representatives have been travelling to Libya in recent weeks to win a contract for the mining of huge deposits of oil and gas off the coast of the North African country? Is this noble act of compassion just a footnote of a business transaction? This question will probably remain open - like so many things connected with the investigation into one of the most spectacular cases of terrorism of the 20th century. For despite his sentencing there were always doubts about whether the evidence presented against Megrahi in the course of his trial really justified a guilty verdict. Respected figures spoke of a 'miscarriage of justice' at the time. Therefore it would have been better if the Scottish judiciary had considered reopening the trial at an earlier point in time. Now it's too late."

Die Welt - Germany | 26/03/2009

Child pornography cannot be fought with technological means

The German government wants to fight child pornography on the Internet by obliging Internet providers to block sites containing child pornography. The conservative daily Die Welt is sceptical: "Constitutionally the measure is acceptable, and a far cry from Internet censorship along Chinese lines. No basic right is unconditionally valid, and all rights must be continually balanced against each other. In the case of child pornography, the freedom of communication conflicts with children's right to physical integrity. And where children, babies even, are abused and tortured for the sexual pleasure of adults and in the commercial interests of unscrupulous pornography traders, human dignity also suffers. Nevertheless the scheme seems hopelessly difficult to implement, and no one can believe that the state can clean up the web with index lists. The worldwide flow of dubious contents cannot be limited by a single country."

Die Welt - Germany | 07/11/2007

The retention of citizens' data

Thorsten Jungholt is not entirely convinced by the German government's bill on new regulations for telecommunications surveillance. "While MPs, clergymen and defence counsellors are to remain exempt from secret surveillance operations, the telephones of doctors, journalists and lawyers can be bugged. ... However these operations are to be carefully justified. The government's draft bill leaves something to desire regarding carefulness. For one thing, it creates a two-class society based on professional secrecy and for another it extends data retention with the argument that it is only implementing an EU directive. But the fact is that an action against this directive has already been brought before the European Court of Justice. Why not wait for the court to make its decision?"

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