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Weltwoche - Switzerland | 14/07/2010

Hansrudolf Kamer on the economic blessings of passive politicians

Although many media accuse Europe's politicians of not doing enough to combat the financial crisis, such reserve regarding economic matters is in fact a boon, writes Hansrudolf Kamer, deputy chief editor of the daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung, in a commentary for the conservative weekly Die Weltwoche: "What we're seeing is a high-level lamento and fears that what has been achieved may not be maintained. The conditions for putting the major recession behind us and creating the conditions for new growth are not really all that bad in Europe. 'Lameness' on the part of politicians, the catchword of the day, could really work to our advantage, because overzealousness in clearing up the financial crisis could well hamper growth by creating more uncertainty than trust. ... Politicians do in fact have a role to play, but a different one. France's president Sarkozy was right to define pension reform as crucial, although he was merely trying to convince his countrymen of the benefits to be gained from raising the retirement age to the relatively youthful 62. Without such a move not only the state finances but also growth will be jeopardised. It may be difficult for thought patterns deformed by the mentality of the welfare state to grasp, but prosperity is for the most part created by work."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 04/12/2008

Europe needs more unity

Swiss daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung reflects on the foreign policy dimensions of the internal unity of the EU. "The European Union is facing a difficult task if it really wants to achieve the status of a global player in foreign policy. The first point here is internal unity, the big states showing consideration for the smaller ones, the old Europeans for the new ones, the allegedly strong for the weak. This would almost automatically produce a more critical stance towards Moscow and Beijing that would be taken note of there. This is where Europe's true interests lie, not in a wobbly security system or meaningless snatches of dialogue. It would also be the way to make a better impression in the US."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 09/11/2008

Putin back soon?

In his state of the nation address Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed extending the president's term in office from four to six years. Citing the Russian newspaper Wedomosti the Neue Zürcher Zeitung speculates that this could mean a swift return of current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to office: "It is worth noting that all this has come at the same time as Medvedev's cryptic proposal to lengthen the Russian president's term in office from four to six years. The daily Wedomosti explains what the concrete results of this could be. As the newspaper interprets the situation, extending the term of office would require constitutional amendments, and this in turn would necessitate new presidential elections as early as 2009. The candidate with the best prospects of winning is Vladimir Putin. His spokesman coolly made it understood that he, the spokesman, saw no reason for Putin to return to power next year. This is certainly not the most convincing disclaimer we've ever heard."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 16/05/2007

Will Russia divide the EU?

Europe has yet to come up with a convincing response to "Russia's rough policies", writes Hansrudolf Kamer. He calls for EU foreign policy to take greater account of the conflicts between the countries of Eastern Europe and Russia. "The old Europe should be aware of the fact that the expansion of the EU to encompass former satellite states and members of the Soviet Union has strained relations with Moscow. The EU is not free to choose here, it is under obligation. It can't try to make amends with Russia without considering its new members. Prague, Warsaw and Tallinn, to name only a few, also have their say in determining the EU's policy towards the great power in the East. They won't let a new constitution take away or diminish this right. ... Up to now the European Union has been in the comfortable position of being able to make stipulations for new members. Now it must show greater and more visible solidarity with these members, particularly when there's trouble."

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