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Mursi divides Egypt

In Egypt, the judiciary, the opposition and the liberal citizens are rebelling against President Mursi. They fear that the democratically elected Muslim Brother is unduly extending his powers and Islamising the country. Is the Egyptian revolution now entering a second round?

Main focus of Friday, 5. July 2013

The army pulls the strings in Egypt

After ousting Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's army has now arrested leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Adly Mansour, until now the head of the country's Constitutional ... » more

Berlingske - Denmark | Friday, 5. July 2013

Morsi's ousting highlights West's dilemma

The toppling of President Morsi by the Egyptian military has contributed little to solving the problem and poses a dilemma for the West, the conservative daily Berlingske comments: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 5. July 2013

A boost for Arab secularism

Morsi's fall will provide the opportunity for a new secularism, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung hopes: » more

The Independent - United Kingdom | Friday, 5. July 2013

Setback on the path to democracy

Morsi's deposition by the army is a setback for Egypt, the left-liberal daily The Independent laments: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 4. July 2013

Egypt's army topples President Morsi

The Egyptian army ousted the country's controversial president, Mohammed Morsi, on Wednesday evening and announced that new elections would be held soon. This means that ... » more

Upsala Nya Tidning - Sweden | Thursday, 4. July 2013

Egypt needs democrats instead of the army

The ousting of President Mohammed Morsi by the Egyptian army poses a threat to the young democracy of the country, the liberal daily Upsala Nya Tidning comments: » more

Trouw - Netherlands | Thursday, 4. July 2013

Might is right in Cairo

The military coup has put a brutal end to the democratic experiment in Egypt, the Christian-social daily Trouw comments: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Thursday, 4. July 2013

Back to the start of the Arab Spring

With Morsi's fall the original idea behind the Arab Spring is making a comeback, the liberal daily La Stampa comments: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, 4. July 2013

Muslim Brothers failed right down the line

The Muslim Brotherhood has failed right down the line with its policies in Cairo, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung writes: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Thursday, 4. July 2013

Islamists could become radicalised

The deposition of the controversial president cannot guarantee peaceful developments in Egypt, the left-liberal daily Der Standard writes: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 3. July 2013

Power struggle in Egypt escalates

Shortly before the ultimatum issued by the army runs out this Wednesday afternoon, Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi has refused to resign. Some commentators call on ... » more

De Standaard - Belgium | Wednesday, 3. July 2013

Disappointed Islamists represent a danger

The opposition in Egypt must somehow come to terms with President Morsi, the Arabist and author Chams Eddine Zaougui demands in the left-liberal daily De Standaard: » more

The Irish Times - Ireland | Wednesday, 3. July 2013

Morsi must quickly reach out to opposition

Egyptian President Morsi has no choice but to quickly address the concerns of the opposition if he wants to prevent the army from taking power, the left-liberal daily The Irish Times writes: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Wednesday, 3. July 2013

Change of power a chance for plagued region

Mohammed Morsi's days as Egypt's president appear to be numbered. A peaceful changeover of power could give the Arab Spring a fresh boost, the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter writes: » more

Politiken - Denmark | Wednesday, 3. July 2013

EU should support dialogue in Egypt

The EU must not take sides in the conflict between the demonstrators on Tahrir Square, President Morsi and the military, the left-liberal daily Politiken contends: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 2. July 2013

Egypt's Muslim Brothers face the end

Egypt's controversial president, Mohammed Morsi, early on Tuesday morning rejected an ultimatum from the army under which he was to fulfil the demands of the people within 48 hours. The left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung believes the Muslim Brothers are on their last legs: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Friday, 8. February 2013

North Africa's new rulers put to the test

Whether the new rulers in Tunisia and Egypt will be able to ensure democratic stability depends on their economic policies, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse argues: » more

Público - Portugal | Wednesday, 6. February 2013

Uncertain rapprochement between Egypt and Iran

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday became the first Iranian head of state to set foot on Egyptian soil for the last 30 years. However what form increased cooperation between the two countries could take remains uncertain, the liberal daily Público comments: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 31. January 2013

Morsi seeks support in Berlin

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi gave assurances during his visit to Germany on Wednesday that his country was on the path to becoming a civil, democratic, ... » more

Die Welt - Germany | Thursday, 31. January 2013

Morsi needs the help of the West

The fact that President Morsi has come to Germany in the middle of renewed unrest in his own country underscores Egypt's dependence on the West, the conservative daily Die Welt writes: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Thursday, 31. January 2013

Europe must use its clout

With a mixture of concessions and persistence, Merkel has shown how Europe should deal with the new powers that be in Egypt, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse writes approvingly: » more

Dnevnik - Slovenia | Thursday, 31. January 2013

Listening to opposition is in Morsi's interest

If Morsi doesn't want to put his power at stake he must listen to the mood on the streets, the left-liberal daily Dnevnik stresses: » more

Delo - Slovenia | Wednesday, 30. January 2013

New dictatorship born in Egypt

In the last few days more than 50 people have died in the violent protests against President Mohammed Mursi in Egypt. Mursi has therefore cut short his visit to Germany planned for this Wednesday and cancelled the visit to France scheduled for Friday. The president is now showing his true autocratic face, the left-liberal daily Delo concludes: » more

Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Tuesday, 29. January 2013

Mursi puts paid to Arab Spring

In Egypt, thousands of people gathered on Monday in protests that were at times violent against President Mohammed Mursi's government. Mursi had imposed a state of emergency on certain parts of the country on Sunday. Authoritarian regimes still exist despite the Arab Spring, the liberal-conservative daily Jyllands-Posten laments: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Friday, 25. January 2013

Egypt between democracy and Sharia

On the second anniversary of the uprising against the former leader Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian opposition called today, Friday, for protests against the ruling Islamists and the new constitution. The country is oscillating between democratisation and the consolidation of power by the Muslim Brotherhood, the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter writes: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Monday, 14. January 2013

Dangerous power struggle over Mubarak trial

The trial against Egyptian ex-president Hosni Mubarak is to start from scratch again, a court of appeals in Cairo ruled on Sunday, granting the appeals of both the defence and the prosecution. The liberal daily La Stampa fears that the retrial will be exploited politically: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Saturday, 8. December 2012

The West must bring Mursi into line

After several days of protest Egypt's president Mohammed Mursi announced on Sunday that he would withdraw a decree giving him special powers but he is sticking to his plan of holding a referendum on an Islamist-leaning draft constitution. The West should exert more pressure on the president, the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung urges: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 7. December 2012

Mursi a failure as president

Egypt's President Mohammed Mursi has proved unable to rule his country, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes, fearing that the army may return to fill the void: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Friday, 7. December 2012

Power struggle tempting chance for military

The fact that the military has intervened in Egypt's power struggle for the first time worries the liberal daily La Stampa: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Friday, 7. December 2012

West must support secular Egyptians

The West must support the secular camp in Egypt, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse demands in view of the clashes between Mursi's supporters and detractors: » more

Die Zeit - Germany | Wednesday, 5. December 2012

Only a calm call for freedom can help

Mursi's method - a well-organised party administrates an authoritarian democracy - could set a precedent for the entire region, the liberal weekly Die Zeit warns, urging Europe to act with caution: » more

Público - Portugal | Thursday, 6. December 2012

The revolution is not over yet

The political conflict in Egypt goes beyond a simple confrontation between the supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and the old regime, the liberal daily Público points out: » more

Público - Portugal | Wednesday, 5. December 2012

Much points to Assad's regime ending soon

The US announced on Monday that it would intervene in the Syria conflict if head of state Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against his own people. This and other factors points to Assad's regime soon ending, according to the liberal daily Público: » more

Göteborgs-Posten - Sweden | Monday, 3. December 2012

Mursi playing with fire

Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi is playing with fire in the current internal political crisis, the liberal daily Göteborgs-Posten admonishes: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Sunday, 2. December 2012

Mursi's course threatens economy

President Mursi's political course could bring about Egypt's economic collapse, the liberal-conservative business paper Il Sole 24 Ore fears: » more

Die Zeit - Germany | Friday, 30. November 2012

Mursi and his opponents must draw closer

Two important Egyptian courts stopped work on Thursday in a bid to move President Mohammed Mursi to repeal his controversial decrees. Several judges accused him of disempowering the judiciary. The president, the judiciary and the opposition should work together to prevent an escalation of the conflict, the online edition of the liberal daily Die Zeit advises: » more

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Thursday, 29. November 2012

Mursi's decrees divide Egypt

Hundreds of thousands of protesters demonstrated once again on Wednesday against the extension of President Mohammed Mursi's powers. If he doesn't withdraw his decrees he risks dividing the country, the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad warns: » more

Die Welt - Germany | Wednesday, 28. November 2012

The West must stop autocratic Mursi

Hundreds of thousands of protesters have been demonstrating against President Mursi on Cairo's Tahrir Square since Tuesday, and one man has been killed in clashes with the police. The West must help curb Mursi's authoritarian tendencies, the conservative daily Die Welt demands: » more

Kurier - Austria | Monday, 26. November 2012

The US will even back autocratic Mursi

Protests against Mohammed Mursi spread in Egypt over the weekend. On Wednesday the president passed several decrees making his decisions legally unassailable. The opposition will not be able to achieve much here, the liberal daily Kurier fears, particularly since the US is giving Mursi its support: » more

La Vanguardia - Spain | Friday, 23. November 2012

Mursi and Obama better than Mubarak and Bush

Egypt and the US played a significant role in mediating the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas that began on Wednesday night. The liberal daily La Vanguardia hopes that the diplomatic signals will be more propitious than in the past: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Tuesday, 20. November 2012

Egypt must prove itself in Gaza conflict

The military confrontations between Israel and the Gaza Strip continued unabated on Monday. The liberal daily Dagens Nyheter hopes Egypt will take on a mediating role: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 31. August 2012

Mursi driving Iran into isolation

With his criticism Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi has prevented the Iranian leadership from using his presence at the summit for propaganda purposes, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung comments with relief, hoping this will prompt action on Syria: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Friday, 31. August 2012

Egypt swiftly established as new power

The participation of Mohammed Mursi at the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran is the first time an Egyptian president has visited Iran in 33 years. The conservative daily Lidové noviny describes this as a geopolitical turning point with an uncertain outcome: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Friday, 31. August 2012

Cairo puts Tehran in its place

In condemning the Assad regime the Egyptian president has put a stop to Tehran's push for power in the Middle East, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera writes: » more

Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Wednesday, 29. August 2012

Propaganda coup for Iran

The summit will hardly produce any real results, the state-owned liberal daily Wiener Zeitung writes, saying that Iran will nonetheless use it to make its mark: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Tuesday, 14. August 2012

Dangerous power gain for Islamists

That Egypt's new President Mohammed Mursi has managed to divide the army and involve members of the military council in its own loss of power opens the door for the country to be converted into an Islamist state, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse fears: » more

Savon Sanomat - Finland | Tuesday, 14. August 2012

Victory over military raises power issue anew

Now that Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Mursi has disempowered the army leadership and strengthened his own position in in doing so, it will become clear who really wields the power in the country, the liberal daily Savon Sanomat comments: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 14. August 2012

Mursi makes room for democracy

The disempowerment of Egypt's top military commanders by the new President Mohammed Mursi is an important step toward democracy, although the new political appointments also include military and religious figures, writes the conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Monday, 13. August 2012

Mursi's bold step for a civilian-run Egypt

In a surprise move, Egypt's President Mohammed Mursi on Sunday demanded the resignation of the head of the military council and Defence Minister Hussein Tantawi, as well as that of army Chief of Staff Sami Anan. Mursi's attempt to consolidate political power over the military council is risky but correct, writes the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Thursday, 9. August 2012

Mursi in a tight spot

In the battle against militant Islamists in the north of the Sinai Peninsula not even President Mohammed Mursi's steely resolve will eliminate the problem in Sinai, writes the liberal daily La Stampa: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Thursday, 9. August 2012

Violence in Sinai menaces peace treaty

The tense situation on the Sinai Peninsula is a threat to the peace between Israel and Egypt and puts huge pressure on the new Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant writes: » more

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Tuesday, 10. July 2012

Mursi must be savvy to get better of military

Egypt's new President Mohammed Mursi has convened for today a meeting of the parliament that the military council dissolved in June. The liberal daily NRC Handelsblad sees this a countercoup on Mursi's part: » more

The Independent - United Kingdom | Monday, 25. June 2012

Mursi must reform the economy

After winning the presidential elections Mohammed Mursi must now above all rebuild the country's economy which suffered greatly during the Arab Spring, writes the left-liberal daily The Independent: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Monday, 25. June 2012

Military still pulls the strings

The Muslim Brother Mohammed Mursi has become Egypt's new president. But in the background the military continues to pull the strings, which may be a good thing for the non-religious forces in the country for the time being, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse notes: » more

Le Soir - Belgium | Monday, 25. June 2012

Presidential election a farce

The moderate Islamist Mohammed Mursi is Egypt's first freely elected president. However the daily Le Soir does not see the presidential elections as a victory for democracy: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Friday, 22. June 2012

West must help Egypt's democracy

In Egypt, the electoral commission has postponed for an indefinite period the announcement of the results of the presidential election scheduled for this Thursday owing to numerous complaints. The Military Council had already expanded its own powers last Sunday while the run-off vote was taking place. The country is experiencing a covert military coup, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant warns: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 18. June 2012

Military remains in power in Egypt

The moderate Islamist Mohamed Morsi on Monday declared himself the winner of Egypt's first free presidential elections, only to be contradicted by his rival Ahmed Shafik. But regardless of who the winner is, the true power will remain in the hands of the military, the left-liberal daily Der Standard writes: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Monday, 4. June 2012

Mubarak verdict helps Muslim Brother

In Egypt, the verdict condemning former president Hosni Mubarak to life imprisonment and the acquittal of several police officers have triggered angry protests. This will work to the advantage of the Muslim Brotherhood's contender Mohammed Mursi in the second round of the presidential election, writes the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung: » more

Delfi - Latvia | Tuesday, 29. May 2012

Egypt's failed revolution

Many Egyptians are simply not ready for democracy, writes the web portal Delfi: » more

Trouw - Netherlands | Tuesday, 29. May 2012

Egypt to chose between rock and hard place

The representative of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Mursi, and the last prime minister to serve under Hosni Mubarak's rule, Ahmed Schafik, will face each other in the run-up vote for the Egyptian presidency on June 16 and 17. They each obtained roughly a quarter of the vote in the first round of the election, which had a turnout of just 46 percent. This highlights how little support they have among the people, writes the Christian-social daily Trouw: » more


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