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No peace without Assad?

In view of the refugee crisis the war in Syria is once more the focus of public debate. While some countries are considering airstrikes against IS positions, others call for cooperation with the Assad regime. How can the mass exodus of Syrians be tackled at its roots?

Le Monde - France | Tuesday, 8. December 2015

Negotiate with Assad as with Milošević in the past

The West's strategy for resolving the Syria crisis should be guided by its diplomatic strategy for ending the war in Bosnia, the centre-left daily Le Monde believes: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Monday, 30. November 2015

British bombs over Syria will only help IS

British Prime Minister David Cameron is putting UK participation in airstrikes against the IS militants in Syria to the vote in the House of Commons today. The MPs are widely expected to vote in favour but the centre-left daily The Guardian opposes the move, arguing that there is still no agreement on what should be done about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad: » more

Main focus of Friday, 30. October 2015

Syria talks in Vienna

A new round of international talks on a solution to the Syria crisis starts today in Vienna. For the first time Iran - alongside Russia, ... » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Thursday, 22. October 2015

Putin displaying his power

In welcoming Assad to Moscow Putin is demonstrating power and strength vis-à-vis the West, writes the leftist daily taz: » more

Libération - France | Thursday, 15. October 2015

Is Assad the enemy or isn't he?

The EU heads of state and government agreed on a refugee action plan with Turkey at the EU summit in Brussels on Wednesday. But they are having a considerably harder time reaching agreement regarding Moscow and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the centre-left daily Libération complains: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Friday, 2. October 2015

Russian bombs no solution for Syria

A solution to the Syria conflict is further away than ever, warns the centre-left daily De Volkskrant after the start of the Russian airstrikes: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 1. October 2015

Russia bombs targets in Syria

Russian fighter jets attacked targets in Syria on Wednesday. The Defence Ministry in Moscow has said the attacks were aimed at IS positions. According to ... » more

Népszava - Hungary | Wednesday, 30. September 2015

Putin's Syria mission helps Obama

Russia's military intervention in Syria works in Obama's favour even if the US president is putting a different spin on things, the left-leaning daily Népszava posits: » more

Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Thursday, 1. October 2015

Putin's resolve better than Obama's dithering

The West's anti-Assad strategy is unwise, writes Marcello Foa, journalist and CEO of Media TI-Holding, in the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Thursday, 1. October 2015

Battle not against IS but for Assad

The Russian airstrikes in Syria mark the beginning of a new phase in the Syrian war, comments the centre-left daily Der Standard: » more

Die Welt - Germany | Thursday, 1. October 2015

Moscow's offensive will result in more refugees

By providing air support for Syrian troops in the fight against the opposition, Russian President Vladimir Putin is maintaining in power a government that suits his interests with disastrous consequences, the conservative daily Die Welt believes: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 30. September 2015

Row over Syria policy

The presidents of Russia and the United States met to discuss a policy on Syria at the start of the week. Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad ... » more

Salzburger Nachrichten - Austria | Wednesday, 30. September 2015

Fire-raiser now a fire fighter

Putin can cast himself as a troubleshooter because Obama has been unable to bring peace to Syria, the Christian liberal daily Salzburger Nachrichten observes: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 29. September 2015

Obama and Putin at odds over Syria strategy

US President Obama and Russian President Putin presented opposing views on the fight against the IS terror group on Monday in New York. It's already ... » more

L'Echo - Belgium | Monday, 28. September 2015

Pact with Assad the most efficient solution

The presidents of Russia and the US, Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama, will meet today to discuss the possibility of an alliance with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. If the West wants to end the violence in Syria and stop the IS terrorist organisation, a pact with the Syrian despot is indeed advisable, the liberal business paper L'Echo believes: » more

Le Figaro - France | Monday, 28. September 2015

France can't defeat IS terrorists on its own

The French air force on Sunday bombed an IS training camp in Syria on the grounds that it represented a threat to France's security. But Paris won't be able to achieve much by going it alone, the conservative daily Le Figaro criticises: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Friday, 25. September 2015

Putin Europe's self-styled saviour in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with US President Barack Obama at the UN General Assembly in New York. With his military mission in Syria his strategy has paid off and he's positioned himself as an indispensable negotiating partner, the centre-left daily La Repubblica believes: » more

Welt am Sonntag - Germany | Sunday, 20. September 2015

West must defeat IS without Assad

The war in Syria can only be ended without Assad, not with him, the conservative weekly Welt am Sonntag concludes: » more

Lrt - Lithuania | Thursday, 17. September 2015

Putin using Syria to distract from Ukraine

A truce has been in force in eastern Ukraine since the start of September. But rather than offering a real chance for peace the move is just a diversionary tactic on the part of Russia, Ukrainian author Andrej Kurkov writes in a commentary for the website LRT: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 17. September 2015

Putin calls for cooperation with Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin appealed once again to the international community on Wednesday to forge an alliance with the Assad regime to fight the IS ... » more

24 Chasa - Bulgaria | Wednesday, 16. September 2015

Assad clearly the lesser evil

Europe must back Assad's war against the IS militarily if it wants to stop the flood of Syrian refugees, the daily 24 Chasa contends: » more

Berlingske - Denmark | Thursday, 17. September 2015

IS and Assad regime must go

Both the IS and the Assad regime must be defeated in order to tackle the evil that is causing the Syrians to flee at its root, the centre-left daily Berlingske urges: » more

Le Temps - Switzerland | Thursday, 17. September 2015

West can hardly refuse Russia's proposal

Moscow's proposal for an international alliance against the IS terrorist organisation that would include the Assad regime is dangerously tempting, the liberal daily Le Temps comments: » more

Público - Portugal | Wednesday, 16. September 2015

Nothing learned from past mistakes

With its indecisiveness Europe keeps failing in crisis situations and hasn't learned from its mistakes, the liberal daily Público criticises: » more

The Irish Independent - Ireland | Tuesday, 15. September 2015

Only defeat of IS can stop flood of refugees

In the refugee crisis Europe and the US must eliminate the evil at its roots, namely the IS terrorist organisation, the conservative daily Irish Independent urges: » more

Expresso - Portugal | Saturday, 12. September 2015

Putin using Syria to get back in the limelight

According to media reports Russia is giving Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad military support and calling for an anti-terror alliance against the IS that includes Damascus. The liberal weekly Expresso sees Vladimir Putin acting purely in his own interests: » more

Le Monde - France | Saturday, 12. September 2015

Take action against genocide in Middle East

To fight the IS terror militia effectively it will take more than the airstrikes announced last week by French President François Hollande, the chairman of the French centrist UDI party, Jean-Christophe Lagarde, writes in the centre-left daily Le Monde: » more

Main focus of Friday, 11. September 2015

Russian military assistance for Assad

Moscow confirmed on Thursday that it has been supplying weapons to the troops of Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad and sending military experts to train Syrian ... » more

Observador - Portugal | Thursday, 10. September 2015

West must choose between plague and cholera

Russia is no longer making a secret of its weapons deliveries to Damascus and this ups the pressure on the US and EU to reach a decision, the liberal online paper Observador comments: » more

Avvenire - Italy | Friday, 11. September 2015

Putin wants access to the Mediterranean

Moscow wants to do more than just support the Syrian ruler, the Catholic daily Avvenire warns: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Friday, 11. September 2015

No bombing Syria without a strategy

After a debate in the Dutch parliament on Thursday a majority of MPs are in favour of extending airstrikes to IS positions in Syria. So far the country has participated in attacks against the IS in Iraq only. But the decision would be premature, the centre-left daily De Volkskrant warns: » more - Germany | Thursday, 10. September 2015

With Moscow and Assad against the IS

Only a joint strategy with Moscow can lead to a solution to the Syria conflict, comments Middle East correspondent Peter Steffe on the website of public broadcaster » more

Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | Tuesday, 19. May 2015

US and Turkey lack anti-IS strategy

The Islamic State terrorist militia took complete control of the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Sunday. There can be no stopping the jihadists as long as Washington and Ankara are at odds about who poses the major threat in the region, the daily Hürriyet Daily News argues: » more

De Telegraaf - Netherlands | Thursday, 10. September 2015

No cooperation with cruel dictator

In view of the refugee crisis Spain and Austria have spoken out in favour of approaching Syrian dictator Assad for help. That would be unacceptable, the right-wing daily De Telegraaf argues: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, 9. September 2015

Let the arch-enemy step down with diginity

The French air force began its first reconnaissance flights over Syria to gather information about potential targets on Tuesday. The airstrikes must run parallel to negotiations with Assad for a political solution to the conflict, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera urges: » more

La Libre Belgique - Belgium | Tuesday, 8. September 2015

No getting around Assad

As long as the Syrian opposition is too weak to ensure the smooth running of society there is no avoiding negotiations with Assad, the liberal daily La Libre Belgique stresses: » more

Kurier - Austria | Wednesday, 9. September 2015

Humanitarian aid better than military strike

The decision as to whether to carry out a military operation in Syria or negotiate with Assad is basically a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea, writes the liberal daily Kurier, and recommends humanitarian measures instead: » more

Verslo žinios - Lithuania | Wednesday, 9. September 2015

Putin's ticket back to Europe

According to information gathered by US intelligence Moscow is stepping up its support for Assad's troops in Syria with tanks and aircraft. This could rehabilitate Putin as Europe's partner, the business paper Verslo žinios fears: » more

Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | Tuesday, 8. September 2015

Regional players preventing solution in Syria

The different interests of the players in the region are preventing a political solution in Syria, the liberal paper Hürriyet Daily News points out: » more

Le Figaro - France | Monday, 7. September 2015

West must follow Russia in fight against IS

According to the daily Le Monde, French President François Hollande is considering taking part in airstrikes against IS targets in Syria. But the West needs a new strategy if it wants to combat the organisation successfully, the conservative daily Le Figaro believes: » more

Le Monde - France | Wednesday, 19. August 2015

Security Council hiding its powerlessness

The only thing the UN Security Council's declaration does is hide the body's powerlessness in the Syria conflict, the centre-left daily Le Monde criticises: » more

La Croix - France | Monday, 16. March 2015

Negotiations with Assad unavoidable

After the allies' annoyed reaction to the statements by US Secretary of State John Kerry on negotiations with Bashar al-Assad, Washington explained on Monday how they are to be understood: » more

Yeni Şafak - Turkey | Monday, 16. March 2015

The alternative to IS is democracy, not Assad

On the fourth anniversary of the outbreak of the civil war in Syria US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that the US was considering negotiating with President Bashar al-Assad. All of a sudden the dictator is the lesser evil for the West, the Islamic-conservative daily Yeni Şafak notes with surprise: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 13. March 2015

World leaves Syria in the lurch

In a report published on Thursday, 21 relief organisations accused the United Nations of failing miserably in its response to the civil war in Syria. None of the three resolutions passed by the UN Security Council has achieved anything and the UN members' financing for humanitarian aid is inadequate, according to the report. The world has left Syria in the lurch, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung concurs: » more

La Croix - France | Tuesday, 10. March 2015

Assad remains enemy of the West

France must not view Bashar al-Assad as an ally in the fight against the Islamic State, the Catholic daily La Croix admonishes after the meeting between four French MPs and the Syrian leader: » more

Le Figaro - France | Tuesday, 3. March 2015

France must keep talking to Assad

Four French parliamentarians met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad last week in Damascus. Prime Minister Manuel Valls strongly criticised the move, but the conservative daily Le Figaro praises it: » more

El País - Spain | Monday, 2. March 2015

The world must strike deal with Iran and Syria, Lluís Bassets urges

The fight against the Islamic State presents the international community with a dilemma like the one it faced during the Second World War, namely that of joining forces with one dictatorship to fight another, Lluís Bassets observes in his blog for the left-liberal daily El País: » more

Phileleftheros - Cyprus | Thursday, 12. February 2015

Assad has nothing more to fear from West

Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's statement in a BBC interview that his government is in contact with the US-led anti-IS alliance through intermediaries leads the liberal daily Phileleftheros to conclude that Assad is still firmly in the saddle: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 10. February 2015

West must not partner up with Assad

In a BBC interview Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad said that his army receives information from third parties about anti-IS airstrikes carried out by the US forces and its allies. The West must not cooperate with Assad, the left-liberal daily The Guardian warns: » more


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