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Islamist violence in Africa

French troops are fighting against Islamist rebels in Mali, while in the Sahara the Algerian army freed hundreds of people taken hostage by radical Islamists. How can Europe control the terror on its own doorstep?

Main focus of Wednesday, 18. June 2014

US returns to Iraq

The advance of the radical Islamic organisation Isil has prompted the US to send soldiers to Iraq again for the first time in two and ... » more

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

Force of arms can't stop terror in Mali

Two French radio journalists have been kidnapped and killed in north-eastern Mali, the French government confirmed on Sunday. This serves to remind the West that it cannot fight terrorism only with weapons, the liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias writes: » more

Le Figaro - France | Monday, 4. February 2013

Hollande hasn't won war yet

Three weeks after Operation Serval was launched in Mali, François Hollande visited the country on the weekend and promised it long-term support. The population gave the French president an enthusiastic welcome. But the conservative daily Le Figaro suspects that Hollande has yet to pass the acid test: » more

The Independent - United Kingdom | Thursday, 31. January 2013

Mission creep in Mali never discussed

Britain wants to support the French mission in Mali with up to 400 non-combatant soldiers, the British government announced on Tuesday. But there has never been any talk of sending ground troops, the left-liberal daily The Independent fumes: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 30. January 2013

Funding for African mission in Mali

At a donor's conference in Addis Abeba, the international community has pledged roughly 456 million dollars for an African peace mission in Mali. France's President ... » more

Libération - France | Wednesday, 30. January 2013

Politics must take over now

The quick success attained by the French troops in Mali cannot hide the fact that the country and the entire region stand in need of a political solution, the left-liberal daily Libération writes: » more

Helsingin Sanomat - Finland | Wednesday, 30. January 2013

Peace in Mali good not just for France

France has been frequently accused of pursuing economic interests in the debate over its military mission in Mali. But it is Mali and its neighbours that stand to gain most from a politically stable Sahel region, the liberal daily Helsingin Sanomat points out: » more

Le Temps - Switzerland | Wednesday, 30. January 2013

Switzerland must help with its local expertise

Since 1977 Mali has been a focus of Swiss development aid - particularly in the regions of Sikasso, Mopti and Timbuktu. Switzerland must support France with its good contacts to help secure peace in Mali, the liberal daily Le Temps urges: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 29. January 2013

Allied troops recapture Timbuktu

French and Malian soldiers brought the town of Timbuktu under their control on Monday, leaving only the provincial capital of Kidal in the hands of ... » more

Público - Portugal | Tuesday, 29. January 2013

Important victory in a long battle

The liberation of the cities of Timbuktu and before that of Gao is an important victory, but a cautious approach is still warranted, the liberal daily Público warns: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, 29. January 2013

Ravaging culture out of hatred for the West

Before withdrawing from Timbuktu the radical Islamists set fire to the ancient town's library and the priceless historical manuscripts it contained. In the summer they had also destroyed several mausoleums in the town's mosques. These cultural treasures have fallen victim to the fundamentalists' hatred of the West, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera writes: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Tuesday, 29. January 2013

Now politics must take the stage

The recapture of the desert town Timbuktu is not the end of the conflict, writes the left-leaning daily taz and calls for a political concept for establishing peace in Mali: » more

Aftonbladet - Sweden | Tuesday, 29. January 2013

Poverty can't just be bombed out of existence

It's not enough to just deploy troops in Mali, the social democratic daily Aftonbladet stresses: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 28. January 2013

Europe a pathetic hanger-on in Mali

Malian and French troops have reported that they gained control over access to the desert city of Timbuktu on Sunday. Europe has degraded itself in the role of a hanger-on in the Mali conflict, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera complains: » more

Le Soir - Belgium | Monday, 21. January 2013

Europe must bring about security in Africa

US President Barack Obama was sworn in on Monday for his second term in office. The liberal daily Le Soir observes that Obama no longer sees the US in the role of global policeman, and calls on Europe to defend security in Africa on its own: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Sunday, 20. January 2013

Cameron's impatience on foreign policy

At least three British citizens were among those killed in the hostage crisis in Algeria. In his statement on Sunday, Prime Minister David Cameron called for a "global response" to the terrorist threat. For the left-liberal daily The Guardian this is a telling example of Cameron's impatience on foreign policy issues: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Monday, 21. January 2013

Libyan coup paved way for hostage crisis

The hostage crisis in Algeria was only superficially connected to the military operations in Mali, the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung contends, arguing that the terrorists took advantage of the general commotion in the Arab world and in particular in Libya: » more

Delo - Slovenia | Friday, 18. January 2013

Europe lands itself with its own Afghanistan

The fact that radical Islamists clearly want to put an end to French military intervention in neighbouring Mali with their hostage-taking in Algeria shows that Europe has learned nothing from past mistakes, the left-liberal daily Delo writes: » more

De Morgen - Belgium | Friday, 18. January 2013

Mali crisis turns into international conflict

The hostage drama in Algeria has turned the French intervention in Mali into an international conflict, the left-liberal daily De Morgen warns: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Friday, 18. January 2013

Yet another pointless war

The bloodbath in Algeria proves that the military campaign in Mali is doomed to fail, political scientist Vittorio Emanuele Parsi contends in the liberal business paper Il Sole 24 Ore: » more

De Telegraaf - Netherlands | Thursday, 17. January 2013

Only logistical support for France

The Dutch want to support France in the Mali conflict by deploying transport planes. The right decision, the conservative tabloid De Telegraaf writes: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Thursday, 17. January 2013

Mali is France's problem, not Europe's

The foreign ministers of the EU states have convened for an emergency meeting in Brussels on the crisis in Mali this Thursday morning. It remains open whether France's desire for greater European involvement will be addressed. The conservative daily Lidové noviny advises against such action: » more

El País - Spain | Thursday, 17. January 2013

Europe must prevent terrorist state

Islamist militants have taken control of a natural gas field in Algeria on Wednesday. According to reports at least two people died during the attack and a number of foreigners have been taken hostage. Europe and Mali's neighbouring countries must join forces and back France's resolute action, the left-liberal daily El País urges: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, 17. January 2013

Military intervention alone won't bring peace

In the battle against Islamist rebels France deployed ground forces in Mali on Wednesday. But military intervention won't be enough to establish enduring peace in the country, the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung contends: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 16. January 2013

Mali acid test for EU security policy

After new advances by the Islamist rebels in Mali, France now plans to boost its military presence in the country. A victory for the Islamists would represent a danger for Europe, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes, fearing that the EU's joint security policy will once again fail: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 15. January 2013

France may intervene, but not the US

France now has the backing of the UN Security Council for its military operations in Mali. The conservative daily Lidové noviny finds it strange that no one is objecting to this intervention whereas the US is always faced with protests when it undertakes such action: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Tuesday, 15. January 2013

Military deployment the lesser evil

France's intervention in Mali is a necessary evil, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant writes: » more

Le Figaro - France | Tuesday, 15. January 2013

Hollande showing due resolve in Mali

France's military intervention against Islamist rebels in Mali is entirely warranted, the conservative daily Le Figaro writes: » more

La Vanguardia - Spain | Tuesday, 15. January 2013

Intervention with uncertain outcome

With their military intervention in Mali the French have averted the danger of radical Islamists assuming power for now, the liberal-conservative daily La Vanguardia points out, but says the risks of such combat operations are not controllable: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, 14. January 2013

Mali needs more than military help

France joined the troops of the Mali government in their fight against Islamist militants in the country on Friday. The conflict is to be discussed at a special meeting of the UN Security Council today, Monday. The Tages-Anzeiger urges Western states to provide more than just military support: » more


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