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Consequences of an attack

The bloody attacks in Oslo and Utøya have shaken Europe. The press praises Norway for its calm response to the drama and calls for greater awareness of the dangers of right-wing populism, as well as an open debate on integration.

Main focus of Monday, 27. August 2012

Maximum punishment for mass murderer Breivik

A court in Oslo on Friday sentenced the perpetrator of the attacks in Oslo and Utøya, Anders Breivik, to 21 years in prison followed by ... » more

Der Spiegel - Germany | Sunday, 26. August 2012

Norway can make a bold new start

The verdict of the court in Oslo in the trial against Breivik gives Norway the chance to make a fresh start and initiate a much needed confrontation with the social problems of these times, the news magazine Der Spiegel writes: » more

Polityka Online - Poland | Monday, 27. August 2012

Breivik's ideas can't be locked away

The mass murderer Anders Breivik will spend his life behind bars but not his pathological beliefs, the left-liberal news portal Polityka Online fears: » more

Aftonbladet - Sweden | Saturday, 25. August 2012

Europe has learned nothing from Utøya

Breivik will be able to go on corresponding with like-minded people across the world even after being sentenced. The left-liberal tabloid Aftonbladet warns that his ideas will continue to find fertile ground: » more

Savon Sanomat - Finland | Wednesday, 15. August 2012

No preventing shooting sprees like that in Norway

The Breivik report published in Norway on Monday takes the police severely to task. The liberal daily Savon Sanomat fears that even in the future it will be impossible to prevent all such attacks: » more

Göteborgs-Posten - Sweden | Tuesday, 14. August 2012

Sweden must learn from Breivik attack

The killing spree by the Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik in Oslo and on the island of Utøya could have been stopped far earlier because the police could have taken action against the attacker much sooner. That is the conclusion of a report presented by a commission on Monday in Oslo. The liberal daily Göteborgs-Posten urges: » more

Svenska Dagbladet - Sweden | Friday, 27. July 2012

No internet access for Breivik

According to reports in the Norwegian press, from behind bars the self-confessed mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik is conducting a lively correspondence in an attempt ... » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Sunday, 22. July 2012

Rule of law stands firm against Breivik

Norway commemorated the victims of the killings of 22 July 2011 on the weekend. Sentence is due to be passed on self-confessed mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik in August. The liberal daily Dagens Nyheter praises the Norwegian court which is holding the Brevik trial: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 17. April 2012

Breivik trial a delicate matter

Anders Behring Breivik, who is accused of mass murder, pleaded not guilty at the start of his trial in Oslo on Monday, claiming he was ... » more

Pražský deník - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 17. April 2012

Even mass murders deserve a fair trial

For a democratic state it is no sign of weakness to give even someone who is clearly guilty of mass murder a trial, the liberal daily Pražský deník writes after the start of proceedings against Anders Behring Breivik: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 16. April 2012

Ignore Breivik's self-promotion

Breivik's behaviour in the courtroom was provocative. He made aggressive gestures and showed no sign of remorse. The best course is to ignore his attempts at self-promotion, warns the conservative daily The Times: » more

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Monday, 16. April 2012

No platform for Breivik

The trial against the presumed mass murderer Anders Breivik must not become a platform for spreading his ideas, warns the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad: » more

Avvenire - Italy | Wednesday, 11. April 2012

Treat Breivik humanely

A new psychiatric report presented on Tuesday concludes that the Norwegian attacker Anders Behring Breivik is not criminally insane, contradicting an earlier report. But no assessment can give a definitive answer, because heinous crimes always verge on pure insanity, writes the Catholic daily Avvenire before the start of Breivik's trial on April 16: » more

Aftonbladet - Sweden | Wednesday, 30. November 2011

Islamophobia doesn't end with Breivik report

The Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik has been declared insane in a psychiatric report presented on Tuesday. Breivik was in a "psychotic state" when he carried out the bomb attack and the massacre on the Island of Utøya that left a total of 77 dead, according to the report. But that changes nothing in the ideology behind the killing, the left-liberal tabloid Aftonbladet writes: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Tuesday, 15. November 2011

Neonazi terror shocks Germany

The discovery of an extreme right-wing terrorist cell in the German city of Zwickau demonstrates that German society has underestimated the threat from the far right in recent years. Now the country is under shock, writes the liberal daily Sme: » more

Spiegel Online - Germany | Thursday, 4. August 2011

Internet radicalises terrorists like Breivik

The new brand of terrorism like that in Norway was born through the Internet, which allows reality to be selectively reinterpreted by filtering information according to individual requirements, writes the blogger Sascha Lobo in his column for Spiegel Online: » more

La Vanguardia - Spain | Tuesday, 2. August 2011

Norway reacts sensibly to attacks

Norway bid farewell to the victims of the Oslo and Utøya attacks with an hour of remembrance in parliament on Monday. The daily La Vanguardia is impressed with the tact and far-sightedness with which Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has dealt with the situation: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Saturday, 30. July 2011

Paul Brill on Norway and unease in Europe

The attacks in Norway have triggered debates that reveal above all an unease with the aimless course Europe is taking, writes columnist Paul Brill in the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: » more

Magyar Hírlap - Hungary | Tuesday, 26. July 2011

Ideology of Oslo attacker irrelevant

Following the attacks in Norway a debate has erupted about which ideology the suspected mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik espouses. It doesn't matter which ideology drove the attacker, the right-wing conservative daily  Magyar Hírlap stresses: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Thursday, 28. July 2011

Wilders' words reach all the way to Norway

The Dutch right-wing populist Geert Wilders, who was named several times in the manifesto of the alleged killer in Norway Anders Breivik, has distanced himself from the attacks in Oslo and on Utøya. This is good but not enough, writes the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: » more

România Liberâ - Romania | Wednesday, 27. July 2011

Cristian Ghinea urges less attention for Norwegian killer

After the attacks in Norway, society is focusing too much on the perpetrator and his motives, warns cultural journalist Christian Ghinea in the daily România Liberă: » more

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Tuesday, 26. July 2011

A late philosophical warrior

The suspected Norwegian attacker Anders Breivik is not a madman but a 20th century philosophical warrior who has arrived late, concludes historian Götz Aly in the left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau: » more

De Standaard - Belgium | Tuesday, 26. July 2011

Sympathy of conservatives dangerous

It is dangerous for the conservatives to show any understanding for the attacker Anders Breivik, the Flemish daily De Standaard warns: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Tuesday, 26. July 2011

Attack does not resemble Islamic terror

The Norwegian authorities have classed the suspected attacker Anders Breivik as a Christian fundamentalist (this classification was not maintained by the Norwegian police later), editor's note, August 10, 2011), but the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita sees no similarities with Islamic terrorism: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Tuesday, 26. July 2011

Populism is not yet extremism

As the search begins for the motives of the man who has confessed to the Oslo and Utøya attacks, the proximity of his ideas to those of right-wing populist parties is repeatedly being cited. That is a fallacy, however, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung believes: » more

Le Monde - France | Monday, 25. July 2011

Norway remains model democracy

Following the attacks in Oslo and on Utøya island the Norwegian government has announced its intention to promote more openness and democracy and is thus protecting its democratic values, the left-liberal daily Le Monde writes approvingly, and contrasts the Norwegian attitude with that of the United States, France and other European states: » more

De Groene Amsterdammer - Netherlands | Monday, 25. July 2011

Right-wing populists incite attacks

In the 'manifesto' he published on the Internet the confessed attacker Anders Behring Breivik describes himself as a modern-day Knight Templar in the battle against Islam and the elites, citing right-wing populists like Dutch politician Geert Wilders. These people are intellectual arsonists, writes the left-leaning weekly De Groene Amsterdammer: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Sunday, 24. July 2011

Everyone can stand up to terror

The massacre in Norway was an attack on our free, democratic society, writes the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter and calls on everyone to defend themselves: » more

Eesti Päevaleht - Estonia | Monday, 25. July 2011

Don't pay too much attention to murderers

The Norwegian attacker and his political declarations should not be given too much attention, warns the daily Eesti Päevaleht, if only because of possible imitators: » more

Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 25. July 2011

Take discontent with multiculti seriously

The mass murders committed by Anders Behring Breivik in Norway are proof in the eyes of business paper Hospodářské noviny that Islamism is not the only danger: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Monday, 25. July 2011

Immigration anxiety must be openly discussed

The suspected attacker Anders Behring Breivik posted his 1,500-page manifesto outlining his racist convictions on the Internet. These statements are marked by the same unease about immigration and other cultures that underlies commentaries posted by other people on the web, the liberal conservative daily Die Presse notes: » more


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