The World from Berlin 'Dictatorships Never Change'

Election violence in Belarus on Sunday surprised Europeans, who expected Alexander Lukashenko to introduce limited democratic reform. Opponents were allowed to run against the incumbent. But his dictatorship, German commentators conclude, seems to be in fine fettle.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, center, delivers a speech in Minsk in early December.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, center, delivers a speech in Minsk in early December.

Foto: Maxim Guchek/ AP
-- SPIEGEL ONLINE Staff
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