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New war on terror?

More than 130 people have died in coordinated acts of terror in Paris. The IS terrorist organisation has claimed responsibility for the attacks. How should Europe react to the brutal assault?

Trouw - Netherlands | Monday, 7. December 2015

No rash decisions on Dutch Syria mission

At the request of the US the Dutch government is considering joining the international coalition in the fight against the IS in Syria. While the conservative liberal ruling party VVD backs the idea its social democratic junior partner in government rejects intervention. The Christian-social daily Trouw warns against premature decisions: » more

Le Monde - France | Wednesday, 2. December 2015

Negotiating table instead of bombs for Syria

As in Libya and Iraq, the conflict in Syria cannot be solved with weapons alone, political scientist Guillaume Devin writes in the daily Le Monde, and calls for renewed diplomatic efforts: » more

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 2. December 2015

London does have a strategy for Syria

After a heated debate on Wednesday the British House of Commons voted in favour of airstrikes against IS positions in Syria. The conservative paper the Daily Telegraph approves: » more

Právo - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 1. December 2015

Hollande following in George W. Bush's footsteps

With his resolute stance after the terror attacks in Paris French President François Hollande is reminiscent of former US president George W. Bush after 9/11, the left-leaning daily Právo writes: » more

Die Welt - Germany | Tuesday, 1. December 2015

Germany's Syria mission lacks clear mandate

The German cabinet approved a military mission with German troops in Syria on Tuesday. The Bundestag will start discussing the mandate on Wednesday. The government's mandate seeks support not only for France, but also for Iraq and the international alliance. The plan is faulty, the conservative daily Die Welt believes: » more

Expresso - Portugal | Saturday, 28. November 2015

Daniel Oliveira on terror hysteria in Europe

Since the Paris attacks a security hysteria has taken hold in Europe, columnist Daniel Oliveira observes in the liberal weekly Expresso and warns of the consequences: » more

L'Obs - France | Tuesday, 24. November 2015

France will abuse fight against terrorism

The French state will abuse the war on terror declared by President François Hollande for other ends, Alexis Poulin, director of the news website EurActiv France, and Dan Van Raemdonck, vice president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) warn in the centre-left weekly magazine L'Obs: » more

Nowaja Gaseta - Russia | Wednesday, 25. November 2015

Global perspectives: Moscow's careless dealings with Ankara

Putin has underestimated Turkey as a geopolitical player in the Syrian war, the Moscow-based government-critical daily Novaya Gazeta writes: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 25. November 2015

Turkey shoots down Russian fighter jet

After Turkish aircraft shot down a Russian fighter jet over the country's border region with Syria President Vladimir Putin has threatened Turkey, a Nato member, ... » more

Star - Turkey | Wednesday, 25. November 2015

Russia pushed Turkey too far

Russia has repeatedly violated Turkey's airspace in recent weeks despite being warned not to, so the latter shooting down a Russian fighter jet was an understandable reaction, the pro-government daily Star comments: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 25. November 2015

Russia finally put in its place

It's a good thing it was Turkey and not another country that has stopped Russia from flexing its military muscles, writes the conservative daily Lidové noviny: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Wednesday, 25. November 2015

Putin will stick with anti-terror coalition

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not risk breaking with the West despite Nato member Turkey's shooting down of a Russian fighter jet, the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger is convinced: » more

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Wednesday, 25. November 2015

Only IS benefits from downed Russian plane

The terrorist IS is the main beneficiary of this occurrence, comments the centre-left daily Frankfurter Rundschau: » more

Le Figaro - France | Tuesday, 24. November 2015

International alliance on shaky ground

Turkey's shooting down of the Russian fighter jet won't make it any easier for French President François Hollande to form an international alliance against the IS, the conservative daily Le Figaro concludes: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 24. November 2015

Europe in the grips of fear

In view of the tougher security measures in Europe after the Paris terror attacks, the press asks how much freedom states can sacrifice in the ... » more

L'Orient le Jour - Lebanon | Saturday, 21. November 2015

Global perspectives: Books rather than bombs against terror

The reactions to the terror attacks in Paris and Beirut should not be limited to military measures, the Lebanese daily L'Orient-Le Jour writes: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Tuesday, 24. November 2015

Ridiculous surveillance fears

Tougher controls won't turn the countries of Europe into police states from one day to the next, the liberal daily Sme is convinced: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Tuesday, 24. November 2015

Anti-IS alliance could pull Nato apart

The collaboration between Paris and Moscow in the fight against the IS in Syria could pose major problems for the Nato alliance, the conservative-liberal daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung comments: » more

Main focus of Monday, 23. November 2015

Brussels paralysed by terror warning

Public life has ground to a halt in Brussels after the city was put on the highest terror alert on Saturday. Sixteen people were arrested ... » more

La Tribune - France | Friday, 20. November 2015

How France can end the terror

France can't win the war against terrorism with air strikes against IS positions in Syria, the liberal daily La Tribune argues: » more

24 Sata - Croatia | Monday, 23. November 2015

Fear, panic and uncertainty

A "serious and imminent threat" justifies the highest level of terror alert in Belgium, according to Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel. After the attacks in Paris the mere suspicion of an attack is enough to paralyse an entire city, the conservative tabloid 24 Sata complains: » more

Main focus of Friday, 20. November 2015

France prolongs state of emergency

The French National Assembly on Thursday voted to prolong the state of emergency in the country for a period of three months. This step allows ... » more

La Libre Belgique - Belgium | Thursday, 19. November 2015

Exodus to Europe: Do not stigmatise migrants in wake of terror attacks

Two of the perpetrators of the Paris attacks may have been registered as refugees in Greece, according to news reports. But using that as an excuse to stop refugees coming to Europe would be overreacting in the extreme, magistrate Michel Claise writes in the liberal daily La Libre Belgique: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 19. November 2015

Paris and Moscow wage war on IS

Since the attacks in Paris, France has intensified its airstrikes against IS positions in Syria, in cooperation with Russia. But bombing alone will hardly ensure ... » more

El Mundo - Spain | Thursday, 19. November 2015

Trust police's counter-terrorism work

In the search for the suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks the French police on Wednesday carried out a major raid in the Paris suburb of St. Denis. Two suspected terrorists died and at least seven others were arrested. The best people can do to aid the fight against terror is to go about their business and put their trust in the police, the conservative daily El Mundo advises: » more

Trouw - Netherlands | Thursday, 19. November 2015

West must not be drawn into ground war

France and its allies must avoid war rhetoric and rushed decisions, the Christian-social daily Trouw believes: » more

Phileleftheros - Cyprus | Wednesday, 18. November 2015

Disenchanted youths find a home with IS

The perpetrators of the Paris attacks identified so far are young French and Belgian Muslims who grew up in the banlieues of Paris and Brussels. The liberal daily Phileleftheros analyses the factors that push these youths into the arms of jihadists: » more

Salzburger Nachrichten - Austria | Thursday, 19. November 2015

Cut IS's money supplies

The allies against the IS should finally take serious steps to cut off the jihadists' money and weapons supplies, demands the Christian-liberal daily Salzburger Nachrichten: » more

Le Monde - France | Wednesday, 18. November 2015

Don't sacrifice all for alliance with Russia

The West must not let itself be fooled by Russia in the fight against the jihadists, the centre-left daily Le Monde warns: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 18. November 2015

France invokes mutual defence clause

Paris called for military support from the EU states and invoked the Treaty of Lisbon on Tuesday evening to counter the terrorist threat. New methods ... » more

La Stampa - Italy | Wednesday, 18. November 2015

Hollande gives himself a free hand with EU

By having the mutual defence clause activated Hollande has secured a lot of room for manoeuvre, the liberal daily La Stampa observes: » more

ABC - Spain | Wednesday, 18. November 2015

Europe facing a new kind of war

Paris was right to invoke the mutual defence clause because Europe needs new answers to respond to the IS threat, writes the conservative daily ABC: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Wednesday, 18. November 2015

Mutual defence "light" a symbolic gesture

The centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger compares the advantages of an EU alliance with those of a Nato alliance: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 18. November 2015

A risky call for assistance

France's appeal to the EU for military aid is understandable but unwise, the centre-left daily Süddeutsche Zeitung argues: » more

Neatkarīgā - Latvia | Tuesday, 17. November 2015

Latvia safe from terrorists and refugees

The danger of a terrorist attack similar to the one in Paris taking place in Latvia is minimal, the national-conservative daily Neatkarīgā believes: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 17. November 2015

Counterterrorism raids in Molenbeek

Special units have arrested several suspects in the course of large-scale raids in the Brussels district of Molenbeek. A trail left by the Paris attackers ... » more

De Standaard - Belgium | Tuesday, 17. November 2015

Mutual recriminations in Belgium are pointless

The trail left by those who carried out the attacks in Paris has led to the Brussels district of Molenbeek. A dispute has now broken out in Belgium over who was responsible for the district's decline and the ensuing radicalisation of its predominantly Muslim youth. There's no point shuffling the blame back and forth, the liberal daily De Standaard warns: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Tuesday, 17. November 2015

Only integration can counter radicalisation

Ghettos in Europe like the Brussels district of Molenbeek are a hotbed for the IS terrorist organisation, the centre-left daily De Volkskrant warns, calling on both the government and the Muslim communities to do more to foster integration: » more

Zaman - Turkey | Tuesday, 17. November 2015

Imams must distance themselves from terror

Muslims across the world have not been critical enough of terrorist attacks committed in the name of Islam, the Islamic-conservative daily Zaman criticises: » more

Politiken - Denmark | Tuesday, 17. November 2015

Fight against terror starts in the ghettos

The war on terror can only be successful in cooperation with Muslim communities, the centre-left daily Politiken stresses: » more

Svenska Dagbladet - Sweden | Tuesday, 17. November 2015

Sweden's Muslims silent on radicalism

Based on population, after Belgium Sweden is the European country from which the most people have been recruited by the IS. But this problem is not being openly addressed by the Muslims living in the country, the conservative daily Svenska Dagbladet comments: » more

Newsweek Polska - Poland | Monday, 16. November 2015

Exodus to Europe: Poland's government abusing tragedy in Paris

In response to the attacks in Paris, Poland's new European Affairs Minister Konrad Szymański has said the country will not accept the EU quotas for the distribution of refugees. Such behaviour will only harm the country, the liberal news magazine Newsweek Polska writes in dismay: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 16. November 2015

Exodus to Europe: Today's migrants are tomorrow's terrorists

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has understood nothing if even after the Paris attacks he still insists on the redistribution of refugees across Europe, writes the conservative daily Lidové noviny, drawing a direct parallel between the terror and the migrants: » more

The Irish Times - Ireland | Sunday, 15. November 2015

More surveillance will lead to more terror

Building up a surveillance state in Western societies will only make it easier for the Islamists to recruit young people as fighters, the centre-left daily The Irish Times observes: » more

Yeni Şafak - Turkey | Monday, 16. November 2015

West's anti-IS strategy was wrong

The Western powers have only themselves to blame for the growing power of the IS, writes the pro-government Islamic conservative daily Yeni Şafak: » more

Spiegel Online - Germany | Sunday, 15. November 2015

Exodus to Europe: Asylum seekers and Europeans have the same enemy

Bavaria's Minister of Finance Markus Söder (CSU) and journalists in Germany are calling for a crackdown on illegal and uncontrolled immigration after the attacks in Paris. This way of thinking will deepen the chasms between the Muslim world and the predominantly Christian West, the news website Spiegel Online criticises: » more - Hungary | Sunday, 15. November 2015

There's no winning a war against an ideology

The war on terrorism can't be won because it's a fight against an ideology, Márton Bede comments on news website » more

Jutarnji list - Croatia | Monday, 16. November 2015

Paris lifestyle a symbolic target

The attackers wanted to destroy the spirit of the city of Paris with their attack, the liberal daily Jutarnji list believes: » more

15min - Lithuania | Monday, 16. November 2015

Only war can help against this terror

The international community must finally wage war on the IS terrorist militia, writes journalist Paulius Gritėnas on the online portal 15min: » more

Salzburger Nachrichten - Austria | Monday, 16. November 2015

Exodus to Europe: Suspicions against migrants only help IS

Regarding all refugees as suspects will only help the IS terrorist group, the Christian liberal daily Salzburger Nachrichten comments: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Monday, 16. November 2015

Mobilise police, secret services and army against IS

The fight against Islamist terror in Europe requires more than just tighter surveillance, the centre-right daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung writes: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 16. November 2015

Role of Islam shouldn't be underestimated

Terrorism and Islam are inextricably tied up with each other and can't be separated, the conservative-liberal daily Corriere della Sera writes: » more

Libération - France | Sunday, 15. November 2015

Intolerance would not do justice to victims

We must do all we can to defend the culture of tolerance after the attacks, the centre-left daily Libération urges: » more


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