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I hope you're right when it comes to Eastern Europe. But isn't there some difference between the internal struggle of shedding ideological/religious baggage and reversing the project of 'illiberal democracy' that is underpinned by xenophobia? The linchpin issue of immigration is one of the political areas where an itch will be scratched to the bone - no matter how irrational that is.

Insofar, I think the refugee crisis and the events of 2015 have been politically a catastrophe on the scale of 9/11. We all remember how meshugge the US became and still is. And now we're seeing how ugly we can be.

The governments can't let the xenophobia go - it's a major source of power and a surefire way to rile up the masses. Culturally, it's even more difficult to dislodge. I hope I'm wrong but I fear it's already split the EU too much. Though not too much when it comes to handling the UK.

Titanic approaching the iceberg. Of course it's the iceberg's fault.

Schengen is toast!

by epochepoque on Wed Jul 11th, 2018 at 12:48:11 AM EST
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Everyone keeps harping on about how Brexit was fuelled by xenophobia, and Labour is presumed to be running scared and therefore insisting on migration controls.

But...



It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Jul 11th, 2018 at 10:46:07 AM EST
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... It's not that I'm an optimist. It can always get worse. But it's never hopeless.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Jul 11th, 2018 at 10:52:24 AM EST
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Looks like the effects of 'natural churn'. A few years down the line and any Brexit referendum would have been remain just because of the differences between generations.

Anyway my comment wasn't really about Brexit.

Schengen is toast!

by epochepoque on Thu Jul 12th, 2018 at 06:29:25 PM EST
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No, your comment was about xenophobia. Such a rapid change in attitudes in the UK is remarkable -- perhaps comparable to the turnaround in attitudes to homosexuality, for example -- and requires analysis and explanation, because it runs counter to the prevailing narrative (which ostensibly promotes "tolerance" while condoning the weaponisation of xenophobia).

I don't know whether or not it can be seen as a hopeful sign for central Europe : quite likely, xenophobia lingers longer if you don't have many actual foreigners to measure it against. Just as fear and hatred of homosexuals works better while they stay in the closet.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Jul 13th, 2018 at 09:41:02 AM EST
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Don't forget 9/11 - well, the offical US narrative around 9/11 - provided the foundation for all the subsequent Islamophobia and the xenophobia it spread out into.

If you attack a dog and starve it, it becomes anxious and vicious.

Voting populations are no different.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Jul 11th, 2018 at 07:04:47 PM EST
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9/11 and Binyamin Netanyahu rejoicing ... the threat of terror has now hit the American homefront.

Using FEAR to equate the Saudi attack on the twin towers as sourced by all Muslims, especially the Palestinians in occupied territories of West Bank and Gaza. Misinformation and propaganda, plus the necessary funding by Israel or one of the many NGOs established to support populist right-wing parties fearing a "Clash of Civilizations".

Xenophobia and Islamophobia

This has been a main theme of my diaries during the past decade.

From my recent diary - EU Takes Measures to Protect Business with Iran.

Creation of chaos has been a tough lesson for Europe where Islamophobia and Xenophobia give rise to populist right-wing parties. These undermine the long-time status quo between conservatives, centrists and socialist oriented political parties.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri Jul 13th, 2018 at 06:25:19 AM EST
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