Standort: / Meldung: "Victory for democracy, but not the revolution"

Kate Farmer

Cutting to the chase

25. 5. 2012 - 14:22

Victory for democracy, but not the revolution

Reality Check: Egypt elections, project bonds, youth unemployment, Summer University for women, Euro 2012 and racism

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When Hosni Mubarak was finally ousted, millions of Egyptians looked forward to a free, democratic, more liberal future. As the votes are counted in the first round of the presidential elections, it seems they will be bitterly disappointed. While millions want change, even more millions appear to prefer the familiar. The two front runners with around 80% of the vote counted, are the former Prime Minister under Mubarak, Ahmed Shafiq and the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi. Unless this changes, they will go to a run-off vote in June.

While the voting process itself seems to have been free and fair, and Egyptians really are choosing their leader for the first time in their history, the clean sweep many were hoping for still seems a long way away. If Morsi wins, the Muslim Brotherhood will effectively have the parliament and the presidency - raising the spectre of conservative Islamism. If Shafiq wins, the question is whether he would represent and departure at all from the policies of the outsted regime.

Karim El Gawhary reports from Cairo on the results so far and the mood in Egypt at this historic milestone.

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Project bonds

With Germany showing huge resistance to the idea of Euro bonds to ease the Euro crisis, the idea of Project Bonds is now being discussed. ORF economist, Nadja Hahn, explains how such bonds would work.

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Youth Unemployment

The International Labour Oganisation's report on unemployment was released this week, and its findings are coming under the spotlight at the youth employment forum in Switzerland.

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Austria's Summer University for Women

Ulli Koch, one of the organisers of this year's Summer University for Women, previews the 2012 programme with Gennie Johnson.

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Racism at Euro 2012

What Poland is doing to combat racism at Euro 2012

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