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Weapons for Kurds in Iraq

In the fight against the terrorist group IS, the US and France are supplying arms to the Kurdish forces in Iraq. Other EU states also plan to offer military assistance. Can weapons bring peace?

Večernji list - Croatia | Monday, 22. September 2014

Moving closer to a Kurdish state

The growing importance of the Kurds for the West in the fight against the IS brings many Kurds' dream of having their own state closer, ... » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 12. September 2014

Support for Syrian rebels is right approach

Obama's strategy of training moderate rebels in Syria and stepping up attacks from the air against the IS militias strikes the right balance, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes approvingly: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Thursday, 4. September 2014

All is lost in fight against IS

A report on ethnic cleansing by the IS terrorist militia in northern Iraq put out on Tuesday by Amnesty International has shocked the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter. The paper sees no hope that the IS can be countered in the long term: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Tuesday, 2. September 2014

Germany will always supply weapons from now on

Speaking to parliament on Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended the planned weapons deliveries to Iraq by pointing among other reasons to the threat the IS terrorist militia poses to Germany. This decision runs roughshod over the iron principle in German foreign policy not to supply weapons to areas in crisis, the left-liberal daily Der Standard writes: » more

Le Soir - Belgium | Friday, 22. August 2014

Sunnis must also fight the IS

Qatar's Foreign Minister Khalid Al Attiyah rejected accusations on Sunday that the emirate supports the Sunni terrorist militia the IS. Western experts have complained for years that financial aid from private accounts in Arab countries flows into the IS's coffers. The liberal daily Le Soir calls above all on the predominantly Sunni states to take action against the IS: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Thursday, 21. August 2014

West must finally negotiate with Assad

James Foley was kidnapped in Syria in 2012. The West must finally revise its Syria policy if it wants to stop the advance of the jihadists, the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore urges: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 21. August 2014

Kurds need food not weapons

The German government agreed on Wednesday to weapons deliveries in Northern Iraq to support the Kurds in the fight against the terrorist group Islamic State. But what the people there really need are other forms of aid, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 19. August 2014

Arab world must fight IS

Only if Iraq's neighbouring states lead the fight against the Islamic State (IS) can its militias be driven back, political analyst Shashank Joshi writes in the conservative daily Financial Times: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, 19. August 2014

Antonio Armellini on Germany's leading role in Europe

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier's efforts to mediate in the conflict in Iraq are proof of Germany's enhanced role in foreign policy, Italian diplomat Antonio Armellini comments in the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more

Svenska Dagbladet - Sweden | Monday, 18. August 2014

Common EU foreign policy remains an illusion

The EU's late reaction to the crisis in Iraq and the spread of the Islamic State's terrorist militia highlights once more the vital importance of a common foreign policy, the conservative daily Svenska Dagbladet admonishes: » more

WOZ - Die Wochenzeitung - Switzerland | Monday, 18. August 2014

US can't bomb Iraq into peace

The US military has been carrying out airstrikes against the militias of the Islamic State (IS) for over a week. According to military reports, the terrorist group has been slowed but not stopped. US bombs have never brought peace to the region, the left-leaning weekly paper WOZ writes: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 18. August 2014

Weapons miss their target

The EU shouldn't fall into the trap of seeing weapons deliveries as the true solution to the conflict in Iraq, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera warns: » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Saturday, 16. August 2014

Important consensus in EU

The EU foreign ministers have sent an important signal with their decision, the liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias applauds: » more

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Monday, 18. August 2014

Germany must finally take action

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has promised Iraq's prime minister designate Haider al-Abadi support in preventing the Islamists from advancing further. However the German government is still discussing whether or not to supply weapons to the Kurds. The time for deliberation is over, the liberal-conservative daily Tagesspiegel admonishes: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Friday, 15. August 2014

Supplying weapons to Kurds a risky business

The US and European states supplying weapons to the Kurdish forces in Iraq to help them combat the IS militias is the right approach but there are risks involved, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant writes: » more

The Independent - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 13. August 2014

Without Kurds Iraq would fall apart

The West needs the Kurds in the fight against the terrorist Islamic State but refuses to acknowledge the ethnic group's right to independence, legal expert Catherine Philps writes in the left-liberal daily The Independent: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Thursday, 14. August 2014

West prefers to commemorate past genocides

Despite the acute risk of genocide the Yazidi minority in Iraq is facing, the Western world prefers to commemorate the genocides of the past, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera complains: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, 14. August 2014

Use weapons to impose peace

The EU has learned from its failure in the Syria conflict, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung notes approvingly: » more

Die Zeit - Germany | Thursday, 14. August 2014

Foreign policy values turned upside down

The current conflicts in Iraq, Ukraine and Gaza are showing that the convictions that prevailed in foreign policy no longer apply, the liberal weekly Die Zeit comments: » more

Avvenire - Italy | Wednesday, 13. August 2014

Protect Iraq from Maliki

Iraq's president has tasked deputy speaker Haider al-Abadi with forming a new government. Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq's incumbent prime minister, has fiercely criticised the move. Maliki is clinging to power and bringing disaster on the country, the Catholic daily Avvenire comments: » more

Libération - France | Tuesday, 12. August 2014

The onus is on the international community

The international community must take action in Iraq because it bears the responsibility for the war, the left-liberal daily Libération believes: » more

Reflex - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 12. August 2014

Ground troops not an option

Use of airstrikes is justified in view of the situation in Iraq but the deployment of ground troops is not, the liberal weekly Reflex believes: » more

Kristeligt Dagbladet - Denmark | Tuesday, 12. August 2014

Military intervention necessary and right

Christians are said to have been crucified by the Islamic State In the north of Iraq, the Christian-oriented daily Kristeligt Dagblad writes, and sees the military offensive and weapons from the US as absolutely justified: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Tuesday, 12. August 2014

Iraq needs Europe's commitment

Europe must show more commitment in Iraq, the conservative daily Die Presse urges: » more

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Saturday, 9. August 2014

US intervention can be counterproductive

The US runs the risk of strengthening the jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) with its military intervention, the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad warns: » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Monday, 11. August 2014

Prevent genocide in Iraq

With the support of US air strikes, Kurdish fighters reinforced their counterattacks against the terrorist militant group the Islamic State (IS) on the weekend. Meanwhile according to UN reports around 200,000 mostly Yazidi civilians are trapped in the Mount Sinjar area and up to 100,000 Christians have fled the Mosul area. The international community has a duty to prevent genocide in Iraq, the liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias stresses: » more


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