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Austerity jeopardises social peace

Europe's crisis-stricken countries are introducing harsh austerity measures to reduce their debts. Hundreds of thousands of people are taking to the streets to protest against social cuts. The press sees social peace in Europe under threat.

De Morgen - Belgium | Friday, 7. June 2013

Gezi Park is everywhere in Southern Europe

The unrest in Turkey is a portent of developments in other European countries, journalist Jeroen Olyslaegers warns in the left-liberal daily De Morgen: » more

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Wednesday, 29. May 2013

For Henk Hofland the EU is a menace to public order

A new lost generation is emerging in Europe as a result of the crisis, columnist Henk Hofland warns in the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad: » more

Contributors - Romania | Wednesday, 29. May 2013

Valentin Naumescu on the explosive force of European protests

For months people have been taking to the streets across Europe to show their discontent, political scientist Valentin Naumescu notes in the blog portal Contributors and warns of the dangers of populism: » more

Le Soir - Belgium | Friday, 26. April 2013

Social cohesion in danger

The high unemployment figures in Europe could lead to a popular uprising, the liberal daily Le Soir warns: » more

Ethnos - Greece | Wednesday, 17. April 2013

Greek crisis making football fans aggressive

During a home game on Sunday between the reigning football champion AEK Athens, which for the first time in its history is facing relegation, and Panthrakikos Komotini, hundreds of fans stormed onto the pitch. The police used tear gas and stun grenades to bring the fans under control and the game was broken off. The left-liberal daily To Ethnos believes that the football fans' growing anger is connected to the crisis: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 8. April 2013

Fabio Pammolli condemns smear campaign against Germany

As was the case with neighbouring Greece, the brunt of the anger in the Cypriot protests against the bank bailout package is directed against Germany and Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is being compared with Hitler. Unfortunately Italy is also contributing, albeit more subtly, to this absurd smear campaign, economic policy expert Fabio Pammolli laments in the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more

El País - Spain | Tuesday, 2. April 2013

Timothy Garton Ash on the return of stereotypes in the crisis

The debt crisis is increasingly endangering European cohesion, historian and commentator Timothy Garton Ash writes in an article published by the left-liberal daily El País: » more

ABC - Spain | Thursday, 28. March 2013

Protests outside politicians' homes unacceptable

The Spanish Citizens' initiative against evictions has been organising demonstrations outside the homes of politicians for several weeks. This form of protest known as 'escrache' must be stopped immediately, the conservative daily ABC urges: » more

Blog Madrilonia - Spain | Wednesday, 27. March 2013

Protests outside politicians' homes legitimate

The Spanish ruling conservative People's Party on Monday condemned a new form of protest in Spain called "escrache" in which citizens demonstrate outside the private residences of politicians who oppose a ban on evictions. The left-leaning online paper Madrilonia defends the demonstrators: » more

El País - Spain | Monday, 25. March 2013

José Ignacio Torreblanca on Bulgaria's lessons for Spain

Spanish Europe expert José Ignacio Torreblanca travelled to Sofia to participate in a conference on the economic crisis in Europe. He notes in his blog with the left-liberal daily El País that he was surprised to find Bulgaria discussing the same problems as Spain: » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Monday, 11. March 2013

Don't underestimate danger of war in Europe

The ex-chief of the Euro Group Jean-Claude Juncker has warned that the economic conflicts in Europe could escalate dangerously: » more

The Irish Independent - Ireland | Tuesday, 5. March 2013

Mass protests unlikely in Ireland

The EU finance ministers asked the troika to work out proposals for extending the repayment periods on the bailout loans received by Ireland and Portugal on Tuesday. Hundreds of thousands of people had protested against the austerity measures in Portugal on Saturday. The left-liberal daily Irish Independent considers it unlikely that Ireland will see similar protests: » more

Diário Económico - Portugal | Tuesday, 5. March 2013

Portugal's government must help create new jobs

Commenting on the protests staged by hundreds of thousands of Portuguese on Saturday the liberal business paper Diário Económico observes that the anger of the people, stricken by the crisis and unemployment, is growing and warns the government to finally heed their demands: » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Monday, 4. March 2013

Model pupil Portugal growing impatient

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in Portugal on Saturday to demand an end to the austerity policy and call for the ... » more

Jornal de Negócios - Portugal | Friday, 1. March 2013

For Helena Garrido Europe's emigrants are helping euro

Migration from southern to northern Europe is helping to stabilise the Eurozone, journalism Helena Garrido writes in the liberal daily Jornal de Negócios: » more

Público - Portugal | Tuesday, 26. February 2013

Free Portugal from austerity dictates

The troika formed by the IMF, the EU Commission and the ECB began its seventh evaluation of Portugal's reform efforts on Monday in Lisbon. The liberal daily Público makes a vehement call for Portugal's economic adjustment programme to be revised: » more

Adevârul - Romania | Thursday, 21. February 2013

Government's resignation must rouse EU

Social protests like those in Bulgaria could well spread to other EU countries if the pressure from the streets goes unheeded, the liberal-conservative daily Adevărul cautions: » more

Expansión - Spain | Friday, 25. January 2013

Lower salaries only way to keep jobs in Spain

Spain's statistics institute presented new record unemployment figures for 2012 on Thursday, showing that almost six million people are without work in the country. Further government reforms and renunciation of pay by employees are the only way out of the crisis, the conservative business paper Expansión argues: » more

El País - Spain | Thursday, 24. January 2013

Ulrich Beck on the Merkiavelli method

In view of Germany's huge influence in the European debt crisis, sociologist Ulrich Beck coins the term Merkiavelli to compare the German Chancellor's power politics with the teachings of philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli - whose The Prince was written 500 years ago - in the left-liberal daily El País: » more

Kathimerini - Greece | Thursday, 24. January 2013

Greece must unite to fight terrorism

A series of attacks has rocked the Greek capital in the last few days. Among other things shots were fired at the headquarters of the ruling Nea Demokratia party and a bomb exploded in a shopping mall. The conservative daily Kathimerini warns against a country torn by conflict: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, 22. January 2013

Alesina and Giavazzi on the fairytale about the evil austerity policy

Columnist Wolfgang Münchau has claimed in the leading article of the Monday edition of the Financial Times that Prime Minister Mario Monti's austerity policy has led Italy into a recession. The fairytale about the evil austerity policy is becoming more and more popular, the economists Alberto Alesina and Francesco Giavazzi lament in the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more

Diário Económico - Portugal | Wednesday, 16. January 2013

Portuguese busy making calculations

Portugal's government has fine-tuned the tax increases that were introduced at the beginning of the year and announced a restructuring of the tax brackets on Monday. The liberal business paper Diário Económico describes how all Portuguese are now making frenzied calculations to work out how much they will have left over after taxes: » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Tuesday, 15. January 2013

Take protests of the desperate seriously

Unidentified persons attacked the headquarters of the Greek ruling party Nea Dimokratia on Sunday night, firing several shots at the building. The headquarters of other parties also came under attack on the weekend. The liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias warns that such symbolic protests can get out of control: » more

Nachdenkseiten - Germany | Friday, 11. January 2013

Momentous error by the IMF

IMF chief economist Olivier Blanchard recently admitted that the IMF underestimated the negative repercussions of austerity in Europe. Jens Berger writes on his blog Nachdenkseiten that it's time the IMF dealt seriously with the consequences of its miscalculation: » more

Público - Portugal | Thursday, 10. January 2013

Lisbon lets IMF play the scapegoat

The International Monetary Fund has calculated that highly indebted Portugal will need to cut public spending by another four billion euros. According to a report published on Wednesday, cuts in the areas of education and healthcare as well as pensions are necessary. The liberal daily Público accuses the government of evading its responsibilities: » more

Jornal de Negócios - Portugal | Wednesday, 9. January 2013

Portugal afflicted by heavy tax burden

The tax hikes introduced at the beginning of the year mean that the Portuguese are now paying more taxes than the European average, according to a study published by the auditor network KPMG. The liberal business daily Jornal de Negócios fears that the country could collapse under the weight of its tax burden: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Wednesday, 9. January 2013

Despite IMF's mistakes the states are to blame

The International Monetary Fund underestimated the negative impact of the austerity policy on the economic performance of the Eurozone's crisis-stricken economies and intensified the crisis as a result, the IMF's chief economist Olivier Blanchard conceded in a working paper released last week. The liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza says the affected countries themselves are mainly to blame for the mess they're in: » more

Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Tuesday, 8. January 2013

Close gap between Northern and Southern Europe

László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, presented the EU report Employment and Social Developments in Europe 2012 on Tuesday. While Northern Europe is doing comparatively well, unemployment in Southern Europe is climbing to record highs and the risk of poverty is growing. The gap between the North and the South is the consequence of an ideological austerity policy, the liberal state-run newspaper Wiener Zeitung notes and calls for a change of direction: » more

Cinco Días - Spain | Friday, 28. December 2012

Spaniards impoverished and losing civil rights

For the Spaniards the economic crisis has worsened in 2012. The conservative People's Party, which has been in power for just over a year, is increasing the potential for conflict in society, the left-liberal business paper Cinco Días warns: » more

Naftemporiki - Greece | Thursday, 20. December 2012

Greeks shouldn't rejoice too soon

The US rating agency Standard & Poor's raised Greece's credit rating by 6 levels on Tuesday to B-, which corresponds to a speculative investment. For the conservative daily Naftemporiki it's too early to rejoice because the reality is far gloomier: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Saturday, 15. December 2012

Southern Europe's elite emigrates to Germany

According to a prognosis made by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, 2.2 million Europeans will move from the crisis-stricken south of the continent to Germany by 2017. This may be good news for the Germans but it will only exacerbate the problems in the countries of origin, the conservative daily Lidové noviny: » more

Magyar Narancs - Hungary | Tuesday, 11. December 2012

Hungary's new budget leads to recession

The Hungarian parliament approved the national budget for 2013 on Tuesday. Banks and large companies in particular must contend with new tax hikes. Hungary's government hopes to spare society with its austerity policy but instead it is stifling the country's economic motor, economist Péter Felcsuti points out in the left-liberal weekly Magyar Narancs: » more

Kathimerini - Greece | Sunday, 9. December 2012

Maria Katsounaki on Greek Christmas without presents

According to figures published by the Greek trade union association's labour institute (INE) the purchasing power of the Greeks has gone down by 50 percent this year. What will Christmas, which has increasingly been defined by consumption in recent years, be like for them this year? columnist Maria Katsounaki asks in the conservative daily Kathimerini: » more

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Friday, 7. December 2012

UK loses a decade

The British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne on Wednesday presented the budget for 2013. The conservative paper The Daily Telegraph fears that young job seekers will be hardest hit by the planned austerity measures: » more

Duma - Bulgaria | Thursday, 6. December 2012

Job guarantee a chance for Europe's youth

The EU Commission presented a plan for fighting youth unemployment on Wednesday, calling on EU member states to guarantee education or work for people under 25. A ray of hope for Europe's crisis-stricken youth, writes the socialist daily Duma: » more

Avgi - Greece | Tuesday, 4. December 2012

Poverty and neo-liberalism threaten Europe

Almost one in four EU citizens faces the threat of poverty or social marginalisation, according to Eurostat figures released on Monday. The left-wing daily Avgi warns of the consequences of neo-liberal politics: » more

Žurnal24 online - Slovenia | Tuesday, 4. December 2012

Slovenians have had enough

The wave of protest against the political class and the government in Slovenia reached a new high point on Monday. Thousands of people took to the streets in several cities to vent their frustration. According to the online portal Žurnal24 the Slovenians' patience is at an end: » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Monday, 3. December 2012

Bersani's Italy may stand up to Merkel

In Italy Pierluigi Bersani has been voted the leading candidate of the centre-left alliance for the parliamentary elections, to be held in spring 2013. Bersani announced that if he wins the austerity program would remain in place, but he would aim to do more to stimulate economic growth. The liberal daily Diário de Notícias hopes Bersani will find a way to put up some resistance to Angela Merkel: » more

To Vima Online - Greece | Wednesday, 28. November 2012

Fear remains in Greece

The left-liberal online paper To Vima fears the consequences of implementing the austerity policy agreed with the creditors: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Tuesday, 27. November 2012

Only a debt writedown will really do the job

Without a second debt haircut for Greece, the plan for reducing the country's debt won't be worth much, the liberal-conservative business paper Il Sole 24 Ore notes: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Sunday, 25. November 2012

Ulrich Beck hopes for a European Spring

In the first pan-European general strike on November 14, tens of thousands of people demonstrated against the harsh austerity measures in their countries. The protests could be the seedlings of a "European Spring", sociologist Ulrich Beck hopes in the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: » more

Ta Nea - Greece | Thursday, 22. November 2012

Orthodox Church must oppose neo-Nazis

Several metropolitans of the Greek Orthodox Church have publicly declared their support for the neo-fascist party Golden Dawn. In the left-liberal daily Ta Nea, Kostis Papaioannou, a member of the Greek Commission for Human and Civil Rights, calls on the Church's leadership to take a clear stance against right-wing extremism: » more

Le Temps - Switzerland | Tuesday, 20. November 2012

For Carla Hilber del Pozzo the crisis heralds a new era

After a trip to Portugal the human rights activist Carla Hilbr del Pozzo describes in the daily Le Temps how moved she is by the profound social crisis in the country: » more

El Huffington Post - Spain | Friday, 16. November 2012

Fabio Gándara on new ideas for effective strikes

After Wednesday's general strike, Fabio Gándara, lawyer and activist with the "Indignant" movement, calls for new forms of protest and encourages unions to rethink their tactics in his blog for the left-liberal online daily Huffington Post: » more

La Razón - Spain | Friday, 16. November 2012

Spain's banks need legal security

The Spanish government passed a moratorium on Thursday providing two-year protection for needy families - low-income families or those with many children - against forced evictions pursuant to mortgage payment defaults. While it is necessary to support needy families the stability of the banks must not be jeopardised, the conservative daily La Razón warns: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 15. November 2012

Mass strikes paralyse Southern Europe

Hundreds of thousands of people went on strike in five EU States on Wednesday to protest against their governments' strict austerity policies. Riots broke out ... » more

Blog Gazikapplani - Greece | Thursday, 15. November 2012

Greek policy paves way for neo-Nazis

The Greek Constitutional Court declared a citizenship law that was approved by the socialist government in 2010 unconstitutional on Tuesday. Under the law second-generation immigrants whose parents had been living legally in Greece for at least five years can apply for Greek citizenship. The Albanian-born columnist Gazmend Kapllani criticises in his blog that Greek policies are promoting the ideology of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn: » more

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Thursday, 15. November 2012

Not a genuine protest movement

Wednesday's declarations of solidarity were just a flash in the pan because the crisis is simply too complex for a lasting protest movement, the liberal daily NRC Handelsblatt asserts: » more

Público - Portugal | Thursday, 15. November 2012

Lamentable escalation of the protests

For the first time since the crisis began, the protest rallies in Portugal have turned violent. The liberal daily Público laments this development: » more

Expansión - Spain | Thursday, 15. November 2012

Government must get Spaniards on board

To weaken the already critical economic situation with a general strike is irresponsible, the conservative business paper Expansión writes, but adds that following the mass demonstration it is now up to the government to revise its policy: » more

Delo - Slovenia | Thursday, 15. November 2012

Austerity alone just causes trouble

The tough austerity measures aimed at fighting the crisis won't solve the problems in the crisis-stricken countries, the left-liberald daily Delo comments in view of the protests across Europe: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 14. November 2012

Southern Europe strikes against austerity

Employees in Spain and Portugal are protesting against their governments' austerity policies with a coordinated general strike today, Wednesday. There are also plans for strikes ... » more

Blog Arrastão - Portugal | Wednesday, 14. November 2012

Strike as a signal for Portugal and Europe

The number of participants in the strike in Portugal will send an important signal to the country's politicians, Daniel Oliviera stresses in the left-leaning blog Arrastão: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Wednesday, 14. November 2012

False start makes Rutte government humble

Just a week after taking office the Dutch government has adjusted its austerity package following fierce protests. The right-wing liberal Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his social democratic partner Diederik Samsom are scrapping plans to increase health insurance payments by up to 400 percent. For the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant the government has clearly got off to a bad start: » more - Spain | Wednesday, 14. November 2012

The first pan-European strike

This is the first pan-European strike, writes Ignacio Fernández Toxo, the president of Spain's largest trade union CCOO, on the online newspaper's blog Zona Crítica: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Wednesday, 14. November 2012

The fight against the crazy debt reduction

The coordinated strike is an important declaration of solidarity in these times of ruthless austerity, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica applauds: » more

Kathimerini - Greece | Tuesday, 13. November 2012

Europe's workers unite

At least the social plight is causing the employees in the European debtor states to join forces for a united cause, the conservative daily Kathimerini comments approvingly: » more

Jornal de Negócios - Portugal | Monday, 12. November 2012

Merkel not innocent in her scapegoat role

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will make her first official visit to Portugal today. Unions and citizens' initiatives have announced massive protests to her visit. The business paper Jornal de Negócios understands why Merkel is regarded as a punching ball by many Portuguese but points out that the country's current predicament is the product of decades of mismanagement: » more

Berlingske - Denmark | Thursday, 8. November 2012

Svend E. Hougaard Jensen believes Keynes would save Greece

Europe's political leaders should finally heed economist John Maynard Keynes in their efforts to save the euro, writes economics professor Svend E. Hougaard Jensen in the liberal daily Berlingske: » more

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Tuesday, 6. November 2012

New government must tackle crisis

Around eight weeks after the parliamentary election, Queen Beatrix swore in Belgium's new social-liberal coalition government led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Monday in The Hague. The government's inauguration was accompanied by fierce protests against the planned austerity measures. But there simply is no alternative, the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad warns: » more

Imerisia - Greece | Monday, 5. November 2012

MPs must put their country first

Under the pressure of nationwide strikes the Greek parliament plans to hold a ballot on the new 13.5 billion austerity package on Wednesday. The junior partner in Antonis Samaras' government, the left-liberal party Dimar, wants to abstain. The business paper Imerisia calls on the politicians to approve the measures: » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Thursday, 1. November 2012

Merkel to visit Portugal in hard times

Thousands of people gathered before the parliament building in Lisbon on Wednesday to protest against the austerity budget for 2013, which was approved on first reading in parliament. This is a sign that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's first visit to Portugal on November 12 won't be a pleasant occasion for either side, the liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias writes: » more

Delo - Slovenia | Tuesday, 30. October 2012

Slovenian government gambles away trust

Hundreds of people took part in protests in the Slovenian city of Maribor on Monday, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Janez Janša's government. The unions have called for a major demonstration in the capital Ljubljana on November 17. For the left-liberal daily Delo the government has gambled away the people's trust: » more

Kathimerini - Greece | Tuesday, 23. October 2012

Zeza Zikou sees Europe's democracy on the brink of collapse

The cause of the Greek economic crisis is to be found in Europe's identity crisis, columnist Zeza Zikou writes in the conservative daily Kathimerini: » more

Público - Portugal | Thursday, 18. October 2012

Crisis countries must be grateful to Hollande

François Hollande stressed in his interview that "we cannot impose a life-long sentence on nations which have already made considerable sacrifices if people do not perceive the fruits of their efforts". The liberal daily Público praises the French president for these words: » more - Greece | Thursday, 18. October 2012

Pointless general strikes in Greece

Trade unions in Greece have called a general strike for today against the Greek government's new austerity programme. The news portal Protagon doubts the success of the numerous strikes in Greece: » more

Diário Económico - Portugal | Tuesday, 16. October 2012

Portugal tormets its citizens with more taxes

Portugal's Minister of Finances Vitor Gaspar on Monday announced drastic tax hikes as well as billions in cutbacks for the coming year. There were vehement protests in front of parliament against the measures, which both opposition and trade unions have harshly criticised. For the liberal business paper Diário Económico the budget is a joke no one can laugh about: » more

El País - Spain | Monday, 15. October 2012

Gap between poor and rich threatens Spain

In no other country of the Eurozone is the income gap between poor and rich as wide as it is in Spain, the left-liberal daily El País reports with an eye to the latest Eurostat statistics, and warns that social peace is in jeopardy: » more

Main focus of Friday, 12. October 2012

IMF says goodbye to austerity dogma

IMF Chief Christine Lagarde has called on the Eurozone to give the crisis countries more time to fulfil the austerity terms. She admitted that the ... » more

Diário Económico - Portugal | Friday, 12. October 2012

Portugal trimming down in wrong places

Portugal's government presented its plan for the 2013 budget on Thursday, which will by discussed by parliament on Monday. The centre-right government is making things ... » more

Lietuvos rytas - Lithuania | Friday, 12. October 2012

First- and second-class poverty

The Red Cross launched a campaign on Wednesday to gather donations to help the more than 300,000 Spaniards worst hit by the debt crisis. The liberal daily Lietuvos rytas has nothing but sarcasm for what is sees as the double standards behind the campaign: » more - Spain | Thursday, 11. October 2012

So far the crisis was just a foretaste

The real crisis is only just beginning in Spain, Ignacio Escolar fears in his blog with the left-leaning online newspaper » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 10. October 2012

Merkel and Samaras face future together

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed during her visit to Athens on Tuesday that she wants Greece to remain in the Eurozone and promised the country ... » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Wednesday, 10. October 2012

The big game of Monopoly continues

Angela Merkel's professions of solidarity were just empty phrases, columnist Sheila Sitalsing mocks in the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: » more

Blog Pitsirikos - Greece | Tuesday, 9. October 2012

See you later Mrs Merkel

Merkel's visit to Athens has no significance for the Greeks and can do nothing to help save the country, blogger Pitsirikos writes: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 10. October 2012

Merkel gambles and wins

Angela Merkel has shown courage and sent the right signals, the liberal business paper Financial Times writes: » more - Germany | Tuesday, 9. October 2012

A strong signal of solidarity

Merkel and Samaras have demonstrated in Athens that the fates of their countries are inextricably bound together, the news portal notes with relief: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 9. October 2012

Merkel visits the centre of the crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel travels to Greece today for the first time since the start of the euro crisis. The visit is accompanied by a ... » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Tuesday, 9. October 2012

Greece could become second Weimar Republic

The fact that thanks to massive security measures Angela Merkel will be visiting a ghost town today can't conceal that Athens is simmering with discontent, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica warns: » more

Jornal de Negócios - Portugal | Thursday, 4. October 2012

Uninspired tax offensive in Portugal

Portugal's government announced a new programme aimed at reducing the public deficit on Wednesday. To avoid a controversial increase in social contributions, the tax on income, capital and property will be raised instead. The liberal business daily Jornal de Negócios criticises the government for an unimaginative approach: » more - Spain | Thursday, 4. October 2012

Police brutality still unexplained in Madrid

The Spanish Ministry of the Interior announced on Wednesday that it will launch an inquiry into the conduct of several police officers during a demonstration held before the parliamentary buildings on September 25. Video footage on the Internet shows that there were violent clashes between police officers and other citizens at the Atocha train station some distance from the demonstration. In the online newspaper Blogger Ignacio Escolar voices doubts that the investigation will be thorough: » more

Polityka Online - Poland | Thursday, 4. October 2012

For Wawrzyniec Smoczyński the euro crisis is becoming a social crisis

Hundreds of thousands of Europeans have protested against their governments' crisis policies in recent weeks. The journalist Wawrzyniec Smoczyński writes in the left-liberal news portal Polityka Online that the euro crisis is evolving into a social crisis: » more

Berliner Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 2. October 2012

Unemployment welds Europeans together

Unemployment in the Eurozone has reached a record high: » more

Main focus of Monday, 1. October 2012

Protest against Hollande's austerity policy

Thousands of French citizens demonstrated in Paris on Sunday against François Hollande's austerity policy and the EU fiscal pact, the ratification of which the French ... » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Monday, 1. October 2012

Crisis countries must stand together

Thousands of people protested in France, Spain and Portugal this weekend against their governments' austerity policies. Only if the crisis countries stick together can they defend themselves against the austerity dictates of the Germans, the liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias writes: » more

To Vima Online - Greece | Saturday, 29. September 2012

Greek fascists as employment agents

The Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn plans to set up an employment agency dedicated to finding jobs for Greek citizens only. The left-liberal online paper To Vima is not surprised: » more

i - Portugal | Friday, 28. September 2012

Portugal's austerity a health risk

Portugal's Ethics Committee for Biosciences has come under fire for recommending in a report that the government cut spending on medications for the treatment of cancer and AIDS, as it was revealed on Thursday. The daily i hopes that compromises can be found for the necessary cutbacks: » more

El Mundo - Spain | Friday, 28. September 2012

Spanish draft budget unrealistic

The Spanish government presented its draft budget for 2013 on Thursday. But according to the conservative daily El Mundo the government based the budget on too many optimistic assumptions: » more

Manager - Bulgaria | Friday, 28. September 2012

Why Bulgarians don't take to the streets

In Greece, Spain and Portugal angry citizens are demonstrating against the austerity policies of their governments. In neighbouring Bulgaria, were people are far worse off, hardly anyone takes to the street to protest, the business magazine Manager notes and explains why: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 27. September 2012

Southern Europe rebels against austerity

Hundreds of thousands of Greek and Spanish protesters have demonstrated in recent days against their governments' austerity policies. Dozens were injured in both countries during ... » more

Diário Económico - Portugal | Thursday, 27. September 2012

Europe's politicians on the wrong track

Before the mass demonstrations in Spain and Greece thousands of people in Portugal had already taken to the streets to protest government austerity measures in Portugal last week. According to the liberal business paper Diário Económico, Europe's politicians are being made to pay for having chosen the wrong path for years: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Thursday, 27. September 2012

Euro rescuers have lost sight of citizens

Europe's governments have failed to take into account how the citizens would react to their measures against the crisis, the liberal daily La Stampa points out: » more

To Vima Online - Greece | Thursday, 27. September 2012

Berlin remains deaf to protests

The Greeks can protest as much as they want, Berlin doesn't want to listen, the left-liberal online paper To Vima writes: » more

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Thursday, 27. September 2012

Greeks lack the energy to strike

A general strike all but brought public life in Greece to a standstill on Wednesday. But according to the left-liberal Tagesspiegel many people in the country no longer even have the energy to demonstrate: » more

De Groene Amsterdammer - Netherlands | Wednesday, 26. September 2012

Europe's foreign ministers lack a plan

Together with ten of his EU colleagues the German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle last week presented a paper outlining a "New Vision of Europe". It is nothing but the hollow phrases of political pygmies, the economist Ewald Engelen concludes scathingly in the left-leaning weekly De Groene Amsterdammer: » more

La Vanguardia - Spain | Wednesday, 26. September 2012

Risky early elections in Catalonia

The president of the Catalan regional government, Artur Mas, announced early elections for November 25 on Tuesday. A risky step because it is aimed at sounding whether the politician has the regional parliament's support in his fight for Catalonia's independence, the Catalan daily La Vanguardia concludes: » more

Blog EUROPP - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 25. September 2012

Paul Gillespie on Ireland's difficult relationship with Europe

The euro crisis has forced the Irish to come to terms with their country's complex ties with Europe, writes columnist Paul Gillespie on the blog of the London School of Economics: » more

El Mundo - Spain | Tuesday, 25. September 2012

Spaniards can't afford to go on holiday

While Spain is an increasingly popular destination for foreign tourists, considerably fewer Spaniards than in previous years went on holiday in their own country this summer. This proves that Spain needs more than austerity measures to overcome the crisis, the conservative daily El Mundo concludes: » more

Diário Económico - Portugal | Monday, 24. September 2012

Salary cuts in Portugal scrapped

Portugal's liberal-conservative government has scrapped plans to increase social contributions in 2013. After vehement protests against the measure on Friday the government announced that it would seek alternatives. The liberal business paper Diário Económico praises President Aníbal Cavaco Silva for calming the mood in the country by pulling strings behind the scenes: » more - Greece | Sunday, 23. September 2012

Greek families chase away fascists

Greek families demonstrated against the government's austerity policy in front of the country's parliament buildings on Friday. In the course of the demonstrations they called on members of parliament from the neo-Fascist party Chrysi Avgi to leave the rally. The news portal applauds their behaviour. "This spontaneous reaction on the part of the citizens leaves room for hope. ... The party's press spokesperson Ilias Kasidiaris and other members of parliament joined the protests to benefit from these families' worries and hardships. Kasidiaris had carefully prepared his appearance, only to be treated as he deserved: » more

El País - Spain | Sunday, 23. September 2012

Independence would isolate Catalonia

After the mass demonstration for the independence of Catalonia on September 11, Spain is discussing the consequences of the autonomous region's cessation from the Spanish centralist state. The left-liberal daily El País urgently warns against such a step: » more

Jornal de Negócios - Portugal | Friday, 21. September 2012

Portugal a guinea pig for Germany

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble praised his Portuguese counterpart Vitor Gaspar during the latter's visit to Berlin on Wednesday for his implementation of the "painful economy drive". Portugal is merely a guinea pig being used to demonstrate the correctness of Germany's instructions, the liberal business daily Jornal de Negócios writes: » more

Ependytis - Greece | Sunday, 16. September 2012

Greeks far from relieved

The sense of euphoria in Athens and Brussels after the German Constitutional Court's ESM ruling and the ECB's decision on government bond purchases gives the weekly Ependitis pause for thought. It stresses that the people of Greece neither share this enthusiasm nor believe that there will be a happy end to the country's debt crisis: » more

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Friday, 14. September 2012

Crisis doesn't topple every government

Lessons can be learned from the re-election of right-wing liberal Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau comments: » more

Diário Económico - Portugal | Friday, 14. September 2012

Consensus in Portugal crumbling

Portugal's Socialists are no longer prepared to back the new austerity measures. The main opposition party announced on Thursday that it would vote against the proposed budget for 2013. The liberal business paper Diário Económico voices annoyance at the carelessness with which the government has lost a broad consensus on the austerity package: » more

Jornal de Negócios - Portugal | Wednesday, 12. September 2012

Lisbon's austerity costs it voters' support

Portugal's international creditors have granted the highly indebted country a year longer to fix its budget. Finance Minister Vitor Gaspar said on Tuesday that the budget deficit would not be brought down below the targeted three percent of GDP before 2014. But with its latest announcement of new austerity measures the government has lost the voters' support for good, the business paper Jornal de Negócios notes: » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Tuesday, 11. September 2012

Lisbon leaves citizens in the dark

Following the Portuguese government's announcement of further austerity measures on Friday, the country's population still doesn't know exactly what to expect, the liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias complains: » more

Phileleftheros - Cyprus | Monday, 10. September 2012

Cyprus meets the beggars

The number of beggars on the streets of Cyprus has spiralled since the outbreak of the crisis in Greece, the liberal daily Phileleftheros writes, comparing the situation with that of Greece in the 1980s: » more

El País - Spain | Monday, 10. September 2012

Austerity plans fatal for Portugal

The Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho announced on Friday that in a further step towards lowering the budget deficit the social insurance contribution for employees will rise from 11 to 18 percent while the companies' contribution is to drop from 23.75 to 18 percent. The left-liberal daily El País fear similar measures for Spain and warns of growing discontent among southern Europeans: » more

Kathimerini - Greece | Tuesday, 4. September 2012

Special courts won't explain Greek plight

In Greece, the public prosecutor's office has launched an investigation against members of the former socialist Pasok government after a Greek former top official at the International Monetary Fund admitted that the IMF was aware that the country's austerity programme was impracticable. It would be better if the investigation were led by a parliamentary commission of inquiry, the conservative daily Kathimerinin contends: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 4. September 2012

Hollande doomed to disappoint

In the vote on the European fiscal compact slated for the beginning of October in the French parliament, President Hollande faces the problem that not all the left-wing parliamentarians back him, notes the conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, saying there is little chance of a united Left front emerging in France: » more

Delfi - Estonia | Monday, 3. September 2012

Estonia buckles under Krugman's criticism

The Estonian parliament ratified the ESM bailout mechanism on August 30. The news portal Delfi sees the decision as proof that Estonia has buckled under the criticism of Keynesian economist Paul Krugman, who had voiced scepticism regarding Estonia's economic recovery: » more

Expresso - Portugal | Monday, 3. September 2012

Portugal not recovering despite austerity

Despite rigid implementation of the austerity programme, according to experts Portugal will exceed the agreed deficit target for 2012 by a large amount. The left-liberal weekly Expresso calls for the country to abandon its austerity policy: » more

The Independent - United Kingdom | Friday, 31. August 2012

EU tolerates racist violence in Greece

Since the introduction of harsh austerity measures Greece has witnessed an increase in the number of violent, sometimes fatal attacks against immigrants and ethnic minorities, in which gangs of thugs belonging to the neo-Nazi party Chrysi Avgi, or Golden Dawn, are also involved. But Europe is content to just looking on impassively, the left-liberal daily The Independent complains: » more

Blog Lse Europp - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 20. June 2012

Ioannis Tellidis criticises the loss of values among EU politicians

That leading EU politicians have welcomed the election of the party Nea Dimokratia in Greece, which is tainted by corruption, highlights the decline of values in Europe, writes the political scientist Ioannis Tellidis on the blog of the London School of Economics and Political Science: » more

Expresso - Portugal | Monday, 11. June 2012

Lisbon is no new Athens

A year after seeking help from the euro bailout fund Lisbon has not turned into another Athens, despite the fierce debates about the rigid austerity programme and concerns about social unrest, the left-liberal weekly Expresso concludes: » more

Irish Examiner - Ireland | Wednesday, 6. June 2012

Ireland forgets its fragile society

The Yes vote by the Irish in the referendum on the EU fiscal compact last Thursday has shown how fragile Ireland's society is, writes the liberal daily the Irish Examiner: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 4. June 2012

Ireland has learned its lesson

Ireland's discipline in dealing with the crisis sets an example for other European countries, writes the conservative daily The Times: » more

Público - Portugal | Wednesday, 23. May 2012

End of austerity policy in sight

The discussion about euro bonds and a new growth offensive at today's EU summit is a sign of a gradual change in European economic policy according to the daily Público: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Monday, 14. May 2012

State election threatens Merkel's austerity

Encouraged by the victory in North Rhine-Westphalia, the social democrats (SPD) may now step up their resistance to Chancellor Angela Merkel and her European austerity policy, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung fears: » more

Kouti tis Pandoras - Greece | Wednesday, 9. May 2012

Who's afraid of left-wing spectres

According to the most recent surveys the leftist alliance Syriza would emerge the strongest party from fresh elections. On the web portal To Kouti tis Pandoras, blogger Kostas Vaxevanis says he can't understand why people are so afraid of a left-wing government in Greece: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 8. May 2012

Austerity or chaos

Greece runs the risk of chaos and a forced exit from the Eurozone should it decide against the austerity plan in the aftermath of Sunday's elections, fears the liberal daily Financial Times: » more

To Vima Online - Greece | Friday, 4. May 2012

False campaign promises in Greece

Among other things the early parliamentary elections in Greece on Sunday will decide whether or not the harsh austerity programme imposed on the country by its creditors will be continued. The left-liberal online newspaper To Vima criticises the fact that the parties are either touting the austerity policy as a panacea or pushing for it to be renounced: » more

Jornal de Negócios - Portugal | Wednesday, 2. May 2012

Portuguese must take advantage of the crisis

In Portugal, thousands of people took part in May 1st demonstrations to protest the mounting encroachments on labour and social rights and the rising unemployment which the liberal-conservative government's stringent austerity programme entails. Trade unions and employers' associations alike should use the transformation process to reconstruct the foundations of the economy, the business paper Jornal de Negócios points out: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 17. April 2012

Spain's suicidal austerity

The yields on ten-year Spanish bonds on Monday rose above the critical six-percent barrier for the first time this year, with the Spanish economy shrinking for the second consecutive quarter. The country needs to strike out in a new direction instead of setting itself ever more austerity targets, writes the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 2. April 2012

Spain's austerity package raises tensions

The Spanish government led by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy presented a 27 billion euro austerity package on Friday. But the package may only exacerbate the problems, writes the liberal-conservative daily the Financial Times: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Monday, 19. March 2012

Paul Krugman sees EU's austerity as wrong approach

The EU finance ministers are showing leniency regarding Spain's deficit, allowing Madrid a budget deficit of 5.3 percent for this year instead of the agreed 4.4 percent. Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman congratulates the EU on its decision and explains in the business paper Il Sole 24 Ore why austerity is not the solution to the crisis: » more

Naftemporiki - Greece | Friday, 2. March 2012

Hostage-taking because of unemployment

In the northern Greek city of Komotini an unemployed man stormed into his former workplace and took two hostages on Thursday, demanding his old job back and 31,000 euros owed to him by his former employer. Even if he gave up after twelve hours, the case once again showcases how social tensions are rising as a result of the austerity measures, the conservative business paper Naftemporiki notes: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Friday, 2. March 2012

More austerity not an option

More austerity is almost impossible, the business paper Il Sole 24 Ore writes, and doubts that the fiscal pact will help increase the Eurozone's credibility with financial markets: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Tuesday, 14. February 2012

Portuguese fight together against crisis

Roughly 300,000 people demonstrated in Lisbon against the conservative Portuguese government's austerity drive on the weekend. Although the Portuguese are in a similar position to the Greeks they will overcome the crisis because they act and demonstrate in unison, writes the left-leaning daily taz: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Tuesday, 7. February 2012

Romanian situation unthinkable in Poland

While the Romanian government has resigned amidst massive protests against its austerity programme the Polish government is firmly in the saddle, writes political scientist Rafał Chwedoruk in the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza: » more

Cinco Días - Spain | Tuesday, 24. January 2012

Spain and Italy won't meet austerity targets

Spain's central bank has predicted negative growth of 1.5 percent for the country in 2012. Similar figures were announced today by the IMF. The left-liberal business paper Cinco Días warns that neither Spain nor Italy will be able to adhere to the austerity measures stipulated by Brussels: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Tuesday, 17. January 2012

Economy drive too harsh for poor Romanians

The protests against Romania's austerity programme are understandable, writes the left-liberal daily La Repubblica, because the measures are far too harsh given the social problems in the country: » more

Simerini - Cyprus | Wednesday, 20. June 2012

Greece downgraded to guinea pig status

Following the victory of the pro-austerity parties in the Greek parliamentary elections German government representatives have expressed contradicting views on what should be done with the austerity requirements. The conservative daily Simerini criticises this lack of a unified stance: » more

Avgi - Greece | Thursday, 2. February 2012

Greeks must protest at austerity package

Several media have reported that the Greek government plans to make its creditors an offer to exchange their old government bonds for new ones in a bid to secure a new rescue package from the EU and IMF. The Greeks must once again demonstrate against further austerity measures, the left-leaning daily Avgi urges: » more

Kathimerini - Greece | Wednesday, 17. November 2010

Dionisis Gousetis on neo-fascism in Greece

Several thousand Greeks on Wednesday commemorated the bloody quelling of a student uprising against the military regime on 17 November 1973. But fascist attitudes are far more widespread in Greece today than in 1973, writes Dionisis Gousetis in the conservative daily Kathimerini: » more

WOZ - Die Wochenzeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, 16. August 2012

Politicians accept youth unemployment

According to recent Eurostat figures, on average almost a quarter of European youths aged between 15 and 24 are unemployed. In Greece and Spain that figure rises to over 50 percent. Business-friendly politicians are willing to accept such mass youth unemployment, the left-leaning weekly newspaper WOZ writes: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Friday, 27. April 2012

Don't kill the Polish provinces

Poland is considering closing down several hundred police stations in small towns to stay below the country's legally fixed debt ceiling of 55 percent of GDP. The conservative daily Rzeczpospolita complains that cuts always hit rural Poland: » more

Večer - Slovenia | Wednesday, 18. April 2012

Unfair austerity programme in Slovenia

Public sector employees in Slovenia have announced a strike for today, Wednesday, in protest at the plans of the conservative government led by Prime Minister Janez Janša to cut their salaries. The austerity measures, aimed at reducing the budget by 800 million euros, are driving a wedge between the public and private sectors, writes the daily Večer: » more

Público - Spain | Thursday, 29. March 2012

Spaniards should protest against Brussels

Spain's trade unions have called a general strike for today, Thursday, against the labour market reform and the government austerity policy prescribed by the EU. The left-leaning daily Público calls in its online edition for mass participation in the protests: » more

Avgi - Greece | Thursday, 2. February 2012

Greeks must protest at austerity package

Several media have reported that the Greek government plans to make its creditors an offer to exchange their old government bonds for new ones in a bid to secure a new rescue package from the EU and IMF. The Greeks must once again demonstrate against further austerity measures, the left-leaning daily Avgi urges: » more

Diário Económico - Portugal | Friday, 14. September 2012

Consensus in Portugal crumbling

Portugal's Socialists are no longer prepared to back the new austerity measures. The main opposition party announced on Thursday that it would vote against the proposed budget for 2013. The liberal business paper Diário Económico voices annoyance at the carelessness with which the government has lost a broad consensus on the austerity package: » more

Ependytis - Greece | Sunday, 5. August 2012

Europe takes a break from the crisis

The business paper Ependytis is surprised to see how passively the leaders of the Eurozone are behaving this month even though the future of the Monetary Union is at stake: » more

To Vima Online - Greece | Thursday, 2. August 2012

Greek government boxes through austerity

After a round of tough negotiations, the Greek government agreed on a new austerity package on Wednesday evening. The aim is to cut spending by 11.5 billion euros so that the country can continue to receive support from international creditors. The left-liberal online paper To Vima explains the circumstances of the deal: » more

El Mundo - Spain | Tuesday, 24. July 2012

Germany must allow ECB to help

There is no reason why Spain should still be under such pressure from the financial markets after its government implemented the recent austerity package, according to the conservative daily El Mundo, which calls for the ECB to step in: » more

El Mundo - Spain | Friday, 20. July 2012

Rajoy government has no alternative

The anger of the Spanish population at the austerity measures passed by the Spanish Congress on Thursday is understandable, but the government must not bow under the pressure, writes the conservative daily El Mundo: » more

To Vima Online - Greece | Tuesday, 10. July 2012

Greece doesn't need cowardly politicians

The Greek Labour Minister Nikos Nikolopoulos stood down on Monday in "resignation" over the talks on the country's austerity package, becoming the third member the new government has lost in the three weeks since it took office. The left-liberal online paper To Vima criticises Nikolopoulos's decision and warns the remaining members of government: » more

Naftemporiki - Greece | Tuesday, 5. June 2012

Athens needs alternatives to austerity

With the 17 June elections in mind, politicians in Greece are increasingly evoking the possibility of renegotiating the tough austerity measures with creditors. The conservative business paper Naftemporiki writes that Athens can't reject the austerity package without making a counter-proposal: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 16. May 2012

Compromise the only solution

With an eye to the new elections in June, Greece's politicians and the troika must be willing to make concessions, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung comments: » more - Greece | Thursday, 10. May 2012

Renegotiate austerity

Greece must remain in the Eurozone and reach a new agreement with its creditors, writes economist Giannis Varoufakis on web portal Protagon: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 2. April 2012

Spain's austerity package raises tensions

The Spanish government led by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy presented a 27 billion euro austerity package on Friday. But the package may only exacerbate the problems, writes the liberal-conservative daily the Financial Times: » more

Tvxs - Greece | Sunday, 25. March 2012

Greek politicians fear the people

The Greeks celebrated their Independence Day amidst a barrage of security measures on Sunday. Large areas of Athens were cordoned off by the police in an effort to forestall potential protests against the austerity programme during the parade, and violent protest broke out in several other cities. The online portal tvxs questions the politicians' fear of the people: » more

Correio da Manhã - Portugal | Monday, 13. February 2012

EU austerity drive quells citizens' hopes

The austerity dictate from Brussels will impoverish the Greeks, and that will ultimately work against the entire Eurozone, the tabloid Correio da Manhã warns: » more

Cinco Días - Spain | Thursday, 9. February 2012

The stubborn patient

The fact that the Greek party leaders still haven't reached complete agreement on the austerity package prompts the business paper Cinco Días to compare the country with a stubborn patient: » more

El Periódico de Catalunya - Spain | Thursday, 20. September 2012

Rajoy should reach out to Catalonians

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will meet the Catalan regional prime minister of Catalonia Artur Mas for talks this Thursday after 1.5 million Catalonians marched for the independence of their region last week. Rajoy would do well not to adopt a confrontational stance, the Catalan daily El Periódico de Catalunya warns: » more

Le Figaro - France | Thursday, 13. September 2012

Catalan nationalism a threat to EU

According to police reports, more than a million Catalonians demonstrated for their independence in Barcelona on Wednesday. Europe should pay close attention to Catalonia's struggle for independence, which has flared up again in the midst of the debt crisis, the conservative daily Le Figaro warns: » more

El País - Spain | Wednesday, 12. September 2012

Discuss Catalonia's independence

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans gathered in Barcelona on their regional holiday on Tuesday to demonstrate for the independence of their region, and against the government's austerity measures. The left-liberal daily El País calls for a serious debate on federalism: » more

Ouest France - France | Thursday, 6. September 2012

The party's over in France

In view of France's record public debt of 90 percent of the GDP, the French government must stop telling its citizens rosy times are ahead, the liberal daily Ouest-France demands: » more - Greece | Wednesday, 5. September 2012

Stathis Stavropoulos on Greece's tie-wearing fascism

The troika is recommending that Greece introduce a six-day working week while at the same time curbing employees' rights, Greek media reported on Monday, basing these claims on emails sent to the Economics Ministry. This spells the end of democracy in Greece, columnist and caricaturist Stathis Stavropoulos writes on the web portal » more

Libération - France | Tuesday, 4. September 2012

A rapper, a journalist and an entrepreneur urge French youths to emigrate

François Hollande wants to invest 2.3 billion euros in fighting youth unemployment. The rapper Mokless, the journalist Mouloud Achour and the entrepreneur Félix Marquardt think this won't solve the problem and call on French youths to emigrate instead in the left-liberal daily Libération: » more

The Independent - United Kingdom | Friday, 31. August 2012

EU tolerates racist violence in Greece

Since the introduction of harsh austerity measures Greece has witnessed an increase in the number of violent, sometimes fatal attacks against immigrants and ethnic minorities, in which gangs of thugs belonging to the neo-Nazi party Chrysi Avgi, or Golden Dawn, are also involved. But Europe is content to just looking on impassively, the left-liberal daily The Independent complains: » more

i - Portugal | Tuesday, 28. August 2012

Government wasting Portugal's legacy

In the bid to get the country's public finances back on track Portugal's public broadcaster RTP is to be privatised. A deal that will only place an additional burden on taxpayers, the liberal daily i criticises: » more

To Vima Online - Greece | Sunday, 26. August 2012

Samaras must convince opponents at home

During his visits to Berlin on Friday and Paris on Saturday the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras managed to win his European partners over to his programme, but he now faces the task of persuading his opponents at home, the left-liberal online paper To Vima writes: » more - Greece | Tuesday, 14. August 2012

Stop racist attacks in Greece

An Iraqi immigrant was attacked and fatally injured on the street in Athens on Sunday. The police are searching for five suspects, but refuse to comment on whether the culprits could belong to the extreme-right party Chrysi Avgi. The news portal Protagon demands that the police finally take action against racist attacks and investigate cases of sympathisers with the far right in their own ranks: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 8. August 2012

Italy sharpens the tone in Europe

German politicians called statements made by the Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti undemocratic at the beginning of the week, while the Italian daily Il Giornale on Friday labelled the German Federal Republic a "Fourth Reich" seeking to dominate other countries. The tone of discourse in Europe is becoming increasingly aggressive, writes the conservative daily Lidové noviny: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Tuesday, 7. August 2012

Democracy just gets in the way in Montiropa

Monti's technocratic stance reveals the lack of democratic thinking among EU elites, writes the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse, arguing that in the long term this will hurt the European project: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Wednesday, 1. August 2012

Paul Krugman hopes Germans will see the light

The European Central Bank is expected to take an important step in saving the euro on Thursday. Economic Nobel Prize laureate Paul Krugman voices his support in the left-liberal daily La Repubblica for ECB President Mario Draghi and his proposal to purchase government bonds: » more

Duma - Bulgaria | Monday, 30. July 2012

Bulgaria on brink of social catastrophe

Over 600,000 Bulgarian households are surviving on less than 100 euro monthly per family member, the KNSB union announced on Sunday. Against a background of inflation and rising unemployment the daily Duma sees Bulgaria facing social disaster if the government does not intervene immediately: » more

Dilema Veche - Romania | Monday, 30. July 2012

Romania needs a new political culture

According to the election management, only 46 percent of Romanians turned out to vote in the referendum. This falls short of the necessary quorum and means Băsescu could stay in office. But this is not really about Băsescu, it's about Romania's political culture, writes the weekly Dilema Veche: » more

El Mundo - Spain | Friday, 20. July 2012

Rajoy government has no alternative

The anger of the Spanish population at the austerity measures passed by the Spanish Congress on Thursday is understandable, but the government must not bow under the pressure, writes the conservative daily El Mundo: » more

Marianne - France | Friday, 20. July 2012

Only good ideas can prevent escalation

In Madrid alone at least 100,000 people demonstrated on Thursday against the Spanish government's austerity policies, and there were clashes between police and protesters. The threat of growing violence can only be avoided by a true coalition between the people and its government, the liberal internet portal Marianne2 urges: » more

Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Friday, 20. July 2012

Billions in aid won't solve Spain's problems

After the German parliament's approval on Thursday, the path is free for the Spanish bank bailout operation to go ahead. But this is just a drop in the ocean, writes the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino, because the high interest rates on government bonds could quickly be the doom of both Spain and the second struggling country Italy: » more

ABC - Spain | Thursday, 19. July 2012

Opposition should not turn Spain into Greece

The Spanish Congress votes today on the austerity measures put forward by the government last week. The conservative daily ABC warns the opposition not to incite the country to further protests against the government in the midst of the parliamentary debate: » more

Handelsblatt - Germany | Friday, 13. July 2012

Hopefully Spain can hold out until Christmas

Whether Spain's reforms will make a positive impact won't be clear until the end of the year, the liberal business paper Handelsblatt concludes, but it's not sure the country won't go bankrupt before then: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Thursday, 12. July 2012

Mandatory levy is expropriation of the people

The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) proposed in a study published on Wednesday the introduction of mandatory bonds and short-term special levies for the wealthy as a means of easing the strain on the German budget. The liberal-conservative daily Die Presse is amazed at this call for expropriation: » more

Le Figaro - France | Tuesday, 10. July 2012

André Glucksmann on the ills of short-term thinking

Reactions to the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the Franco-German reconciliation last weekend in Reims were luke warm indeed, the philosopher André Glucksmann laments in the conservative daily Le Figaro, and pins the blame for the lack of interest on the short-sightedness of today's politicians: » more

Blog A Tempo e a Desmodo - Portugal | Tuesday, 3. July 2012

Portugal's shameless pilots to strike

The pilots of Portugal's state-owned airline TAP plan to strike this Thursday. They want a pay rise and the right to a say on the planned privatisation of the company. In his blog A Tempo e a Demodo Henrique Raposo makes fun of the pilots: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 3. July 2012

Gap in budget forces Hollande to cut costs

France's new government needs to fill a gap of around 40 billion euros in its budget to avoid being forced to submit to international austerity obligations. This was the conclusion arrived at in a report by the audit office commissioned by President François Hollande shortly after he took office. Now Hollande must start using the red ink and make some cuts, writes the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung: » more

Blog Arrastão - Portugal | Tuesday, 19. June 2012

Tsipras scare will have lasting impact

Even if the left-wing alliance Syriza hasn't managed the leap into government in the Greek elections the success of party leader Alexis Tsipras will influence European politics, writes Daniel Oliveira in his blog Arrastão, noting that Tsipras achieved "a major feat: » more

Kaleva - Finland | Tuesday, 19. June 2012

Crisis fatigue benefits Europe's social democrats

Europe's voters have had enough of the ongoing cuts in public spending, comments the liberal daily Kaleva in view of the overwhelming Socialist victory in the French parliamentary elections: » more

To Vima Online - Greece | Thursday, 7. June 2012

A blow to Greece's democracy

During a political talk show on Thursday Ilias Kasidiaris, the leader of the neo-Nazi party Chrysi Avgi, attacked Liana Kanelli, a member of the Communist Party, slapping her twice and punching her. This was a blow to democracy itself, the left-liberal online paper To Vima comments, shocked, and warns of the threat of civil war: » more

Trouw - Netherlands | Wednesday, 16. May 2012

The Netherlands facing Greek fate

The Dutch interim minority government led by Prime Minister Rutte agreed on an austerity and reform package with three smaller parties on Tuesday night. But despite this pact the country may face a Southern European scenario after the early elections on September 12, the Christian-social daily Trouw warns: » more

Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Wednesday, 16. May 2012

Cutting holidays endangers Danish culture

The Danish centre-left government is considering axing one or two Christian holidays such as Common Prayer Day or Pentecost in a bid to stimulate the economy. This is an assault on Danish culture, the liberal-conservative daily Jyllands-Posten fumes: » more


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