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Struggle for peace in Syria

Syria's conflicting parties are seeking common ground for the first time, with the help of international mediators. Do the Geneva II peace talks hold the promise of an end to the bloodshed after three years of civil war?

Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Tuesday, 22. April 2014

Election will prolong killing in Syria

Presidential elections were announced on Monday for June 3 in Syria, although the country is in the midst of a civil war. Head of state Bashar al-Assad has not yet confirmed that he will run, nevertheless he is expected to seek another seven-year term. In that case he will miss a key opportunity, the state-run liberal daily Wiener Zeitung criticises: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Thursday, 17. April 2014

Rebellion against Assad has failed

In the past months the troops of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad have recaptured several areas on the Lebanese border from the rebels. For the left-liberal daily Der Standard this is the beginning of the end of the rebellion against the Syrian regime: » more

Main focus of Friday, 31. January 2014

Syria conference without a breakthrough

After a week of talks, the first round of the Syria peace conference comes to an end today in Geneva. Unfortunately substantial results are not ... » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Friday, 31. January 2014

Nothing but theatre of the absurd

The Syria peace talks are nothing but theatre of the absurd, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera complains: » more

Le Temps - Switzerland | Friday, 31. January 2014

A huge gap still separates the two sides

The Syrian regime and opposition are still worlds apart, the liberal daily Le Temps writes: » more

Itar-Tass - Russia | Tuesday, 28. January 2014

Global perspectives: Syria's opposition on trial

The Syria peace talks under the mediation of Lakhdar Brahimi in Geneva are a test for the authority of the opposition, Middle East expert and blogger El Murid comments on the website of the Russian news agency Itar-Tass: » more

Arab News - Saudi Arabia | Monday, 27. January 2014

Global perspectives: Assad casts himself as anti-terror fighter

At the ongoing Syria peace conference in Geneva, President Bashar al-Assad's delegation is not interested in reaching a compromise with the opposition but in presenting itself as a last bastion against terrorists, columnist Hassan Barari writes in the Saudi daily Arab News: » more

The Independent - United Kingdom | Monday, 27. January 2014

Talks offer ray of hope for Syria

The Syria peace conference in Switzerland has so far failed to produce any conciliation between the delegation of President Bashar al-Assad and the opposition. But the fact that the two sides are still talking is a success in itself, the left-liberal daily The Independent writes: » more

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | Monday, 27. January 2014

Transfer power to the opposition

If it wants to save EU from total meltdown the EU must act as mediator to pave the way for President Viktor Yanukovych to step down without losing face, the liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes argues: » more

Milliyet - Turkey | Friday, 24. January 2014

Now it's about the people of Syria

The international Syria conference will move on Friday from Montreux to Geneva, where the real negotiations on the future of Syria are to begin. The top priority is to ensure humanitarian aid for the Syrian people, the conservative daily Milliyet urges: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Friday, 24. January 2014

Obama's fatal mistake in Syria

The fact that little can be expected of the Syria peace talks is also due to the US's restrained approach, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant complains: » more

La Tribune de Genève - Switzerland | Wednesday, 22. January 2014

Assad's resignation not the goal of the talks

The peace talks can only bring about a solution for Syria  if the West grasps certain realities, Guy Mettan writes on his blog with the liberal daily Tribune de Genève: » more

El Mundo - Spain | Thursday, 23. January 2014

Only Putin and Obama can stop Assad

As the Syria peace talks got underway in Montreux on Wednesday, representatives of the Syrian government and opposition hurled accusations at each other. This holds out little hope for the conference, but only an agreement between the US and Russia can end the bloodshed anyway, the conservative daily El Mundo believes: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 22. January 2014

The Iranian dilemma

Iran's invitation to join the Syria peace talks has been withdrawn, yet the country is a crucial partner for finding a solution, the conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung points out, explaining how this poses a dilemma for the Syria conference: » more

Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | Wednesday, 22. January 2014

Torturers must have no future

One day before the start of the Syria conference, a report by international experts revealing that more than 11,000 people have been tortured and executed in Syrian prisons has caused a wave of outrage. Assad cannot be allowed to remain president after the report, the liberal English-language paper Hürriyet Daily News writes: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, 22. January 2014

Iran can achieve more in Damascus

After all the fuss over the withdrawal of Tehran's invitation, the Syria conference will do very well without representatives from Iran, the left-liberal daily Der Standard writes: » more

Jornal de Negócios - Portugal | Wednesday, 22. January 2014

EU must take in more refugees

To help the people of Syria the EU must not just boost its humanitarian aid but finally take in more refugees, the liberal business daily Jornal de Negócios demands: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Tuesday, 21. January 2014

Conflict must be resolved away from Syria

Just before the Syria peace conference begins on Wednesday, UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-moon has withdrawn the invitation to Iran to join in the talks. Whichever way you look at it, the Syria conflict is a proxy war between the Gulf states and Iran and must be resolved elsewhere, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse concludes: » more


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