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Is terror spurring on Europe's right?

Presumed Islamists have carried out a murderous attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Front National leader Le Pen is calling for the death penalty in France, and the German Pegida alliance sees its criticism of Islam as vindicated. Is a spiral of hatred in the offing?

La Stampa - Italy | Monday, 9. February 2015

France's new two-party system

In France the Socialists have won a narrow victory in the country's first election since the terrorist attack in Paris. In the department of Doubs the Socialist candidate Frédéric Barbier beat the Front National candidate Sophie Montel, securing 51.4 percent in a runoff vote on Sunday. The presidential election in 2017 may well produce similar results, the liberal daily La Stampa predicts: » more

Main focus of Monday, 19. January 2015

Police ban Pegida rally in Dresden

The police department in the German city of Dresden has banned all public gatherings in the city for today, Monday, owing to suspicions of a ... » more

Kapital - Bulgaria | Friday, 9. January 2015

Bolster secret service and moderate Muslims

Bulgaria is practically defenceless against terrorist attacks like that in Paris, the weekly Kapital comments and sees urgent need for action: » more

Berliner Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 14. January 2015

Germany joins forces with its Muslims

Some 10,000 people took part in a demonstration against Islamist terror and for interfaith understanding and tolerance in Berlin on Tuesday. The terrorist attacks in Paris have united German society instead of dividing it, the left-liberal daily Berliner Zeitung comments approvingly: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 13. January 2015

Fear follows mourning

Prompted by fears of new Islamist terrorism President François Hollande is mobilising 10,000 soldiers in France. The Ministry of the Interior has meanwhile registered an ... » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 12. January 2015

Radicalised France would spell the end of EU

If the terrorist attacks in Paris increase the polarisation in France this will have fatal consequences for the rest of Europe, the conservative daily Financial Times warns: » more

Blog Cink - Hungary | Monday, 12. January 2015

Orbán's Islamophobia a national embarrassment

"We do not want a significant minority with different cultural backgrounds living among us, we want to keep Hungary as Hungary," Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said to the Hungarian state television channel after the vigil of heads of state and government on Sunday in Paris. He couldn't have picked a worst time and place to make such comments, the left-liberal blog portal Cink criticises: » more

Main focus of Monday, 12. January 2015

Sadness and solidarity after Paris attacks

After the terrorist attacks in Paris almost four million people across France took to the streets on Sunday. Some 50 heads of state and government ... » more

Sabah - Turkey | Monday, 12. January 2015

Crossroads between Islamophobia and openness

European politicians must be careful not to fuel the widespread Islamophobia after the terrorist attacks in Paris, the pro-government daily Sabah warns: » more

Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Monday, 12. January 2015

"Je suis Charlie" slogan too restrictive

Je suis Charlie, the slogan adopted by millions of people in support of the victims of the Paris attacks, only results in further exclusion, the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino writes: » more

Der Spiegel - Germany | Saturday, 10. January 2015

War over resources, not religion

Since the Islamist motivated terrorist attacks in Paris there has been much debate about the extent to which they are related to Islam. The modern jihad has little to do with religion, the News magazine Der Spiegel points out: » more

Libération - France | Monday, 12. January 2015

The republic is back on its feet

Almost four million people demonstrated across France in support of the victims of the Paris attacks on Sunday. For the left-liberal daily Libération, the rallies were a milestone in the history of democracy: » more

The Press Project - Greece | Sunday, 11. January 2015

The brutal result of class war

The attacks in Paris and the reactions of Europe's politicians are not part of a battle over values between Europe and the Muslim world. Rather they mark the start of a new phase in the international class struggle, the web portal The Press Project argues: » more

Sözcü - Turkey | Friday, 9. January 2015

Muslim world has created terror

The attack in Paris is yet another example of the atrocities Muslims are capable of committing, the Kemalist daily Sözcü writes in anger: » more

Berliner Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 9. January 2015

Extremists united in hatred of media

The deputy chairman of the right-wing populist AfD party, Alexander Gauland, said after the attack in Paris that it showed that all those who have ignored the people's fears of Islam were liars. Never before have Islamists and Islamophobics been so close to each other, the left-liberal daily Berliner Zeitung comments: » more

Galamus - Hungary | Thursday, 8. January 2015

Allah would punish attackers without mercy

Allah would punish the murdering jihadists without mercy if he were alive, sociologist Ferenc Krémer writes on the left-liberal opinion portal Galamus: » more

Le Monde - France | Thursday, 8. January 2015

Declaration of war on modern Islam

The brutal attack on the editorial offices of Charlie Hebdo was also aimed at Islam, the Paris-based Moroccan author Tahar Ben Jelloun writes in the left-liberal daily Le Monde: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Friday, 9. January 2015

Le Pen hindering national unity in France

On the day after the attack on Charlie Hebdo, France's President François Hollande welcomed his rival Nicolas Sarkozy to the Elysée Palace in a gesture aimed at strengthening the country's unity. But that won't be easy, the left-liberal daily Tages-Anzeiger contends: » more

Blog Adevărul - Romania | Friday, 9. January 2015

No recipe against new forms of terrorism

The security measures that have been developed since 9/11 in the fight against terror couldn't prevent the Paris attack, columnist Obvidiu Nahoi writes on the blog of the liberal-conservative daily Adevărul: » more

Kurier - Austria | Thursday, 8. January 2015

Europe's Muslims must resist

Europe's Muslims must reject violence and show more tolerance after the attack in Paris, the daily Kurier urges: » more

De Standaard - Belgium | Thursday, 8. January 2015

Jokes must not be silenced by the attack

Europe must address the causes for the radicalisation of Muslims but it must not abandon satire in the process, the liberal daily De Standaard writes after the attack on Charlie Hebdo: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Thursday, 8. January 2015

Criticising Islam is a right

During their attack on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo the terrorists shouted "Allah is great" several times. In the way Islam presents itself it indeed poses a threat, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera writes: » more

Milliyet - Turkey | Thursday, 8. January 2015

Muhammad cartoons offend Muslims

Muslims find Muhammad cartoons like those published by Charlie Hebdo deeply offensive, the conservative daily Milliyet points out after the terrorist attack in Paris: » more

Dennik N - Slovakia | Thursday, 8. January 2015

Don't follow anti-Islam preachers now

The Paris attack could be grist to the mill of those who preach hatred of Islam, the independent daily Dennik N fears: » more

Le Figaro - France | Wednesday, 7. January 2015

War has reached France

With the attack on the editorial offices of Charlie Hebdo the war against terrorism in the Middle East and Africa has reached France, the conservative daily Le Figaro writes, stressing that France must strike back: » more

El País - Spain | Wednesday, 7. January 2015

EU must fight xenophobia hand in hand

The Pegida movement in Germany as well as the right-wing movements in France and Greece have the potential to destroy the EU, the left-liberal daily El País warns and proposes joint action against extremist stances: » more

NRC next - Netherlands | Wednesday, 7. January 2015

Houllebecq's Islam novel hits a nerve

Michel Houellebecq's new novel Soumission (submission) about France under Islamic domination is not a real provocation, the liberal daily writes: » more


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