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Upheaval in Egypt

The rule of the Muslim Brotherhood is over. Egypt's military has toppled the elected President Morsi and announced new elections. Will the coup radicalise the Islamists, and what is in store for Egypt's fledgling democracy?

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, 24. September 2013

Restoration advances in Egypt

Twelve weeks after the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi a court in Cairo on Monday banned the Muslim Brotherhood. The restoration process is advancing quickly, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera notes: » more

Arab News - Saudi Arabia | Tuesday, 20. August 2013

Global perspectives: Hands off Egypt

A large majority of Egyptians back the military action against the Muslim Brothers and see no reason for the West to intervene, columnist Linda S. Heard writes in the daily Arab News: » more

The Jerusalem Post - Israel | Wednesday, 21. August 2013

Global perspectives: Morsi's ousting legitimate

Egypt's ambassador to Egypt, Ashraf El-Kholy, this week compared the Muslim Brothers to the Nazis. In any event they represent a danger for democracy, writes columnist Gershon Baskin in the liberal-conservative daily The Jerusalem Post: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Thursday, 22. August 2013

Mubarak's release an act of revenge

A court in Egypt on Wednesday ordered the release of former Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak. The ex-president was sentenced to life in prison a year ago for his complicity in the killing of demonstrators. The conservative daily Lidové noviny is critical: » more

El Periódico de Catalunya - Spain | Thursday, 22. August 2013

EU arms embargo on Egypt ineffective

At their special meeting on Wednesday the EU foreign ministers agreed to stop supplying Egypt with any weapons or other goods that could be used for the repression of the people. The left-liberal daily El Periódico de Catalunya doubts the effectiveness of the decision: » more

Avvenire - Italy | Wednesday, 21. August 2013

Don't drive Egypt into Riyadh's arms

The EU foreign ministers are convening this Wednesday to discuss reactions to the violence in Egypt such as cutting off military and financial aid. But this would only push Egypt's generals straight into Riyadh's open arms, points out the Catholic daily Avvenire: » more

Irish Examiner - Ireland | Tuesday, 20. August 2013

Morsi to blame for bloody chaos

The army is less to blame for the chaos in Egypt than ex-president Mohammed Morsi, the liberal daily Irish Examiner contends: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 20. August 2013

EU plans crisis meeting on Egypt

In reaction to the violence in Egypt the EU's foreign ministers plan to discuss sanctions on Wednesday. Meanwhile Washington is sticking to its policy of ... » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 20. August 2013

Israel supports army for fear of anarchy

According to media reports, Israeli diplomats are encouraging the EU and the US to continue their military aid to Egypt. Israel is driven by the fear of anarchy, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung comments: » more

Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Tuesday, 20. August 2013

Obama is pragmatic and bides his time

Despite calls even from within the US, Washington has not halted military aid to Cairo. This wait-and-see attitude is purely pragmatic, the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino notes: » more

Milliyet - Turkey | Tuesday, 20. August 2013

Turkey has lost its role as mediator

Whereas in the past Turkey has acted as a mediator between fighting groups in Middle East crises, it is now perceived as a biased party, also in Egypt, the conservative daily Milliyet complains: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 19. August 2013

Egypt needs stability not democracy

Quick new elections would only worsen the situation in Egypt in the present circumstances, the conservative daily Financial Times warns: » more

Main focus of Monday, 19. August 2013

EU seeks common stance on Egypt

Senior European diplomats are convening today, Monday, in Brussels to discuss Europe's reaction to the escalating violence in Egypt. Several member states have already frozen their ... » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Monday, 19. August 2013

Banning Muslim Brotherhood a disastrous move

A spokesman for Egypt's caretaker government announced on Friday that a new ban against the Muslim Brotherhood was being considered. To declare the movement illegal, as it was in the Mubarak era, would be to radicalise it, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica warns: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Monday, 19. August 2013

The West lacks leverage

All attempts to resolve the situation in Egypt through diplomatic means have so far failed because the West has insufficient means of exerting pressure, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse notes: » more

Eleftherotypia - Greece | Saturday, 17. August 2013

Anyone counting on the UN and EU is lost

The announcement that the EU foreign ministers will convene for a special meeting to discuss the crisis in Egypt is greeted with a bout of gallows humour by the left-liberal daily Eleftherotypia: » more

Main focus of Friday, 16. August 2013

The US's irresolute Egypt policy

US President Barack Obama on Thursday condemned the Egyptian government's brutal crackdown against supporters of the toppled head of state Mohammed Morsi. However he made ... » more

Il Foglio Quotidiano - Italy | Friday, 16. August 2013

Indecision characterises US foreign policy

No more can be expected of Obama than the cancellation of the joint military exercises with Egypt planned for September, the right-wing populist daily Il Foglio complains: » more

Libération - France | Friday, 16. August 2013

Egypt's generals kill the Arab Spring

The blind violence of the Egyptian military is tearing Egypt apart, the left-liberal daily Libération writes: » more

Politiken - Denmark | Friday, 16. August 2013

EU must fight for reconciliation

The EU should mediate in the bloody conflict in Egypt, the left-liberal daily Politiken writes: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Thursday, 15. August 2013

There is no longer a global policeman

The crisis in Egypt is further proof that the US has lost its role as the world's policeman, John O'Sullivan comments in the conservative daily The Times: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Thursday, 15. August 2013

US prefers brutal army to Islamists

As in the past, the US prefers to back Egypt's brutal but controllable army rather than potential US critics, the daily Tages-Anzeiger comments: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 15. August 2013

Egypt in state of emergency

After bloody street clashes that left hundreds dead, the government in Cairo declared a state of emergency in Cairo on Wednesday. Earlier on in the ... » more

El Periódico de Catalunya - Spain | Thursday, 15. August 2013

No sign of a valiant civil society

Only if Egyptian civil society rises up in rebellion as a third force can the violence and division of the country be stopped, the left-liberal daily El Periódico de Catalunya comments: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 15. August 2013

Egypt threatens to split in two

The clearing of Tahrir Square in Cairo could result in the lasting division of Egyptian society, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung fears: » more

Radikal - Turkey | Thursday, 15. August 2013

Armed violence won't crush protests

Neither the government in Cairo nor the international community reckoned with the Muslim Brotherhood holding out for so long after the military coup at the beginning of July, the liberal daily Radikal points out, adding that the violent crackdown on demonstrators was a mistake: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 14. August 2013

US must axe funding for military

The international community must exert more pressure on the conflicting parties in Egypt to stop the violence, the conservative daily The Financial Times demands: » more

Delo - Slovenia | Thursday, 15. August 2013

Human lives worthless for the army

The Egyptian army's bloody repression of the toppled president Mohammad Morsi's supporters comes as no surprise, the left-liberal daily Delo comments: » more

Helsingin Sanomat - Finland | Tuesday, 30. July 2013

Army has failed in Egypt

After the bloody clashes between the army and supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi on the weekend, the liberal daily Helsingin Sanomat sees the military's policy in Egypt as a failure: » more

Main focus of Monday, 29. July 2013

Violence escalates in Egypt

Egypt witnessed the most violent riots since the ousting of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi on the weekend. More than 80 people were killed and hundreds ... » more

Pravda - Slovakia | Monday, 29. July 2013

Shattered dream of a democratic Egypt

The bloody violence in Cairo on the weekend is a sign according to the left-leaning daily Pravda that the dream of a democratic Egypt will soon be shattered: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 29. July 2013

Lady Ashton's difficult mission

Everything possible must be done to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Egypt, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera warns, praising EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton for her recent visit to Cairo: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Monday, 29. July 2013

The West's dishonest realpolitik

The governments in Europe and the US must end their dishonest realpolitik and fight for human rights in Egypt, demands the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, 29. July 2013

Seldom further from freedom

The darkness of the Mubarak era is returning, is the grim prognosis of the liberal Tagesanzeiger: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 24. July 2013

Agitators rule on Egypt's streets

EU foreign ministers on Monday called for the release of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi, who has been held at an unknown location since July 3. The left-liberal Süddeutsche Zeitung compares the current situation in Egypt with a village brawl: » more

Main focus of Friday, 12. July 2013

Muslim Brotherhood won't give up

The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has called for new mass protests today, Friday, against the ousting of president Mohammed Morsi. They continue to reject the ... » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Friday, 12. July 2013

US continues cooperation with the generals

Despite the unrest in Cairo, the US signalled on Wednesday its intention to proceed with plans to supply Egypt's air force with four more F-16 fighter jets. The superpower is in a hurry to see Morsi gone for good and is once again trying to curry favour with the generals, the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore notes with disgust: » more

Vatan - Turkey | Friday, 12. July 2013

Not without the Muslim Brotherhood

The power of the Muslim Brotherhood is melting away, the conservative daily Vatan observes, warning that this could lead to civil war: » more

WOZ - Die Wochenzeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, 11. July 2013

Good things take time

Egypt must take time in implementing far-reaching and sustained reforms of the system, the left-leaning weekly WOZ recommends, noting that it is "still far from ... » more

Eesti Päevaleht - Estonia | Thursday, 11. July 2013

Egyptians yearning for their old rulers

The riots in Egypt continue even after the appointment of an interim prime minister. The supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi have called a major demonstration in Cairo for Friday. The liberal daily Eesti Päevaleht comments that many Egyptians are already yearning for the times of ex-president Hosni Mubarak: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 10. July 2013

New roadmap for Egypt

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour on Tuesday nominated the economist Hazem el-Belawi as the new head of government. The constitution is to be revised by ... » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 10. July 2013

A sensible way out of the crisis

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour has drawn up a sensible roadmap for getting out of the crisis, writes the left-liberal Süddeutsche Zeitung, but hopes that the Egyptian youth will get more involved in the coming months: » more

Göteborgs-Posten - Sweden | Wednesday, 10. July 2013

Time for women to take the reins

Egyptian politics must finally be opened up to women with the revision of the constitution, the liberal daily Göteborgs-Posten urges: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Wednesday, 10. July 2013

Political Islam is a dead end

The Muslim Brotherhood continues to reject the idea of Hazem el-Beblawi being appointed as interim prime minister and scheduling new elections in Egypt. Their blockade stance only proves that political Islam is a dead end, the liberal business paper Il Sole 24 Ore concludes: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Wednesday, 10. July 2013

Egypt needs a grand coalition

A Tunisian-style grand coalition is what Egypt needs now, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza recommends: » more

Le Figaro - France | Monday, 8. July 2013

Pact between army and Muslim Brothers needed

In clashes between the army and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood dozens of people were killed and hundreds wounded in Cairo on Monday. The military and the Islamists are blaming each other for opening fire. The conservative daily Le Figaro calls for an investigation and cooperation between the rival groups: » more

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Monday, 8. July 2013

US must save Egypt from civil war

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour has promised parliamentary elections within the next half year. Failing intervention by the US, the country nevertheless faces the threat of civil war, the conservative paper The Daily Telegraph writes: » more

Main focus of Monday, 8. July 2013

Blockade and violence in Egypt

The Salafists in Egypt have blocked the government formation process and rejected two candidates for the office of interim prime minister. Dozens of people have ... » more

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Monday, 8. July 2013

Military and middle class both egotistic

In the current unclear situation in Egypt all parties are simply trying to secure their privileges, the liberal daily Tagesspiegel criticises: » more

Novi list - Croatia | Monday, 8. July 2013

Panicked Erdoğan supports Morsi

The government in Ankara has harshly criticised Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's deposition in recent days. No wonder, because Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his supporters fear the repercussions in their own country, the left-liberal daily Novi List comments: » more

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

Salafists' influence underestimated

The process of forming a new government in Cairo is faltering. After rejecting Nobel peace prize winner Mohammed ElBaradei as head of government, the Salafists have now also rejected a business lawyer for the post of prime minister. The power they wield is being underestimated, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera writes: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Sunday, 7. July 2013

Will Egypt follow Turkey or Algeria?

Egypt's future depends on whether those in power can integrate the Islamists, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse comments with a note of scepticism: » more

The Economist - United Kingdom | Saturday, 6. July 2013

Dangerous message for Islamists worldwide

Morsi's ousting by the army will set a dangerous precedent, the liberal weekly business magazine The Economist fears: » 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

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

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

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

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


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