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Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Morsi’s death continues to hold the attention of the foreign press

It’s still all about Morsi in the foreign press today: Shadi Hamid writes in The Atlantic that Morsi was “incompetent, polarizing and managed to alienate nearly everyone outside the Brotherhood.” Still, the instability of his reign was a product of a democratic transition rather than because of his failures as a leader, he argues. In the NYT Mona Eltahawy remembers Morsi as someone who “rarely wore [power] comfortably… looking like a man caught up in something much bigger than him,” while the FT’s Heba Saleh writes that the Ikhwani’s “swift rise and crashing fall exposed the faultlines in Egyptian society.”

“Morsi played his part in wrecking Egypt’s hopes,” reads an editorial in the Guardian, adding that the predictability of his death makes it a “truly shocking” event. Bobby Ghosh says in Bloomberg that Morsi’s incompetence in office will mean that he is relegated to “a footnote in Egypt’s history.” Jared Malsin meanwhile warns in the WSJ that his death may provoke renewed activism within the banned Islamist group.

Obituaries and opinion pieces aside, there was wide press coverage of the former president’s burial yesterday: Reuters | NYT | Washington Post | Time | BBC | The Guardian

Elsewhere, Deutsche Welle does a hatchet job on a Turkey-style migration pact between us and the EU: Egypt is using the presence of Syrian refugees in the country to further its own political agenda with Europe, migration expert Ramona Lenz tells Deutsche Welle. Egypt, she says, is capitalizing on the EU’s willingness to do anything to prevent refugees and migrants from making it to European soil, while the EU looks the other way in the face of allegations of human rights violations. This is referring to a plan championed by European leaders for a Turkey-style agreement that would see Egypt and other North African countries step up efforts to halt migration across the Mediterranean in return for aid.

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