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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 06/11/2015

Exodus to Europe: An acceptable asylum compromise in Berlin

The coalition in Berlin agreed on a compromise in asylum policy on Thursday. In order to accelerate asylum proceedings registration centres will be set up. This means the transit zones demanded by the CDU and CSU are off the agenda. This was an agreement in which all sides made compromises, the centre-left daily Süddeutsche Zeitung comments: "The compromise paper contains things that are inevitable, even though they represent hardships such as limitations on the number of family members allowed to join their relatives in Germany for certain groups. But many points are also just wishes. … Was this bundle of individual measures worth all the fuss? Yes, because it has united a coalition within which - as within society too - there are very differing opinions. And it proves that despite all the restrictions this government and this country want to take in refugees."

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 06/02/2014

Spying on ex-chancellor Schröder scandalous

According to reports circulating in the media, former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder's phone was also tapped by the US National Security Agency (NSA). The left-liberal Süddeutsche Zeitung finds this scandalous: "A group of people in Washington, led by the incumbent US president, who either knew of its activities or condoned them through negligence, spied on the German government with evil intentions. Among all the NSA scandals this is one of the first order and should not be played down with references to realpolitik or by saying that everybody does it. ... It is high time for a fundamental review of the German-American relationship. This includes Washington providing clear information about the nature and duration of its spying on Germany and plausibly ending it. ... If Washington goes on being as vague and dismissive as it has been so far, this also sends a message. Then the German government and parliament must make it clear that Washington obviously sees partnership as an exploitative relationship defined by distrust."

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 11/05/2010

Germany's changing political landscape

Neither the ruling conservative-liberal coalition nor the social democratic camp can claim a clear majority after the elections in Germany's largest state North Rhine-Westphalia. The left-liberal Süddeutsche Zeitung analyses the election outcome with an eye to Germany's political landscape: "For a long time German politics was characterised by alternating coalition governments, comprising either the conservative CDU and the liberal FDP, or the social democratic SPD and the Green Party. Now however neither the CDU nor the SPD can win enough voters to continue this trend either in the east or in the west. When the Greens gain in strength it comes mostly at the expense of the SPD. However if the shrinking SPD agrees to an alliance with the Left Party even more voters will go over to the Greens, or even the CDU. For its part the FPD, as shaped by party leader Guido Westerwelle when it was in the opposition, attracts neither SPD voters nor - once burned twice shy - CDU supporters. The FDP, and particularly its leader who isn't even popular as foreign minister, have passed their political prime."

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 16/08/2006

Germany's involvement in the Middle East peacekeeping force

Kurt Kister argues that Germany's contingent in the UN peace force in Lebanon should be kept relatively small. "Germany is highly respected by the Arab states as one of Europe's leading nations. Gerhard Schröder's opposition to the war in Iraq increased that respect. At the same time, Germany is regarded as one of Israel's closest allies. The country's high standing with both antagonists puts it in a unique position. Of the major powers in the EU, France is regarded as pro-Arab, while the United Kingdom has lost its power to influence the situation owing to Blair's loyalty to Bush. The UN peace-keeping force in Lebanon will therefore play an important role, and German participation in that force is in Germany's best interest, as well as that of Europe as a whole. But that Germany's contingent should not be too large is generally understood and accepted on an international level. In view of the fact that the Germans tried to annihilate the Jews three generations ago, a situation in which a German soldier shoots at an Israeli – either unintentionally or because he was ordered to – must be avoided at all costs."

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 17/05/2006

The German Intelligence Service's spying on journalists

Kurt Kister comments harshly on recent reports that the German Federal Intelligence Service has been spying on journalists on a large scale – and with the help of other journalists. "Germany's foreign intelligence agents spied on reporters in Germany on their own initiative and even recruited informants within editorial teams. They knew that what they were doing was illegal but that didn't stop them because they never thought it would come out...They deliberately and consciously broke the law... Unfortunately, it's not surprising that these out-of-control spies were able to enlist the aid of journalists for their activities. Particularly in journalist circles, there are plenty of pompous fools.... The average intelligence service Judas, equipped with his press card, grasses on his colleagues not for what is often meagre pay, but because he takes a childish pleasure in code names, conspiracy and the idea that he belongs to a supposed elite."

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