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Delo - Slovenia | 24/08/2012

Greeks must accept harsh truth

The Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will have to pull all the stops to persuade German Chancellor Angela Merkel to make concessions, according to the left-liberal daily Delo: "In Berlin they believe that far too many Greeks are still living in the past when they enjoyed the benefits of borrowed money. … France, which is pretty strapped for cash itself, will likely be more sympathetic to Samaras' request for more time. According to observers Germany will only comply with the request if it is coupled with additional terms and tougher controls. Angela Merkel faces elections next year, and far larger countries than Greece are already knocking on the door of the German taxpayer. Moreover many people [in Germany] are of the opinion that Greece should be the first country to be taught a lesson. … Samaras will have to prove that he is more capable than his predecessor of convincing the Greeks to say farewell to the past - no matter how much it hurts."

Delo - Slovenia | 17/08/2011

Carinthia must enact place-name sign comprise

Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor and Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann on Tuesday set up the first of 164 bilingual place-name signs in places where Slovenian minorities live, ending years of dispute between Slovenia and the Austrian state of Carinthia. The left-liberal daily Delo hopes that Carinthia will be consistent in implementing the place-name sign compromise: "Carinthia's hostile policy towards the minority has undermined the country's very foundations, despite the efforts to conceal this. The national media often describe Carinthia as Austria's Greece because the entire state had to step in to remedy the catastrophic consequences of state governor Jörg Haider's policies after his death by nationalising the former regional bank [Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank]. So far there has been no epilogue of tardy justice to make up for Haider's pretentious waffle at the expense of the minority. ... What is needed is the full and unequivocal implementation of all the stipulations negotiated in the April 2011 place-name sign compromise."

Delo - Slovenia | 04/01/2011

Brussels must be firm with Hungary

The EU Commission has doubts about the lawfulness of Hungary's controversial new media law. That should lead Brussels to take a stand, writes the daily Delo: "Certainly, one can believe that part of the Hungarian press isn't objective because it remains loyal to old partners, namely the socialists who almost drove the country to rack and ruin. And no doubt other media are also not entirely free of prejudice. Nevertheless regardless of what country we're dealing with, even criticism of a poor quality is better than no criticism at all. For that reason Brussels shouldn't just look on passively, even if the EU has accepted Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's media witch hunt for years, and is also on good terms with Vladimir Putin, in whose Russia critical journalists live dangerously indeed."

Delo - Slovenia | 06/04/2009

Prompting change

US President Barack Obama's vision of a nuclear weapon-free world will only go down in history if US diplomacy manages to prompt change all over the world. "If the Russia of Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin is less anti-American from now on the strategy could work, even though certain US commentators believe that Moscow secretly approves of Iran's stubbornness. The rapid upgrading of China's military power also remains a problem for the world's only superpower, whereby China has not yet signed a general ban on nuclear weapons testing. …When Obama returns home he will [also] have to explain why he has given in to virtually all the demands of his allies yet failed to extract a promise from the Europeans that they will boost their operations in Afghanistan in return."

Delo - Slovenia | 29/09/2008

The rise of the populists

The daily newspaper Delo criticises the parties of the political centre for failing to distance themselves from the arguments of the right-wing parties. "In recent times even the Social Democrats have joined the right-wing parties in their nationwide campaign against the EU. This has made one thing clear: when nothing good comes from Brussels - something the majority of Austrians believe, despite the foreign minister's claims to the contrary - it is those who proclaim 'Austrianness' to be our most precious asset who stand to gain. Heinz-Christian Strache's Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) and Jörg Haider's Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ) have won almost a third of the vote, and if the two politicians weren't at loggerheads one of them could even become Austrian Chancellor! ... The government, which wants Austria to become an even more successful pro-European country, will have to work hard to counter the bad habits of politicians, which have been prevalent since the Second World War."

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