The nationalist reaction to the refugee crisis of 2015 casts a shadow over the opening of the House of European History in Brussels this month. Will the new institution’s role be merely to display the vestiges of a common European cultural heritage?
Belarusians and Lithuanians have scarcely been affected by Europe’s handling of the migration crisis. Yet they too are rediscovering “the Other” in the Muslim refugee, writes historian Felix Ackermann.
Donald Trump is the apogee of a reactionary populism that has been a constant presence throughout modern US history. The opposition must respond by detaching white nationalism from Trump’s false promise of economic justice.
‘It was as if the notoriously elusive European identity had finally come into existence, but as a nightmarish vision.’ Claudia Ciobanu, a Romanian living in Poland, describes the dilemmas and mixed feelings of ‘the voluntary migrant’, caught between revulsion at xenophobia and sympathy for the ‘losers of transition’.
Emmanuel Macron has won over the electorate with his vision of a ‘new republic’. However, the honeymoon will be brief unless he follows up on his campaign promise to restore social justice. France’s anti-globalist opposition is still split: but for how long?
A Europe of intolerance or social justice?
Gender has long been applied as a measure of social justice, economic equality and political openness. In the current constellation, however, it is also being deployed as a weapon, wielded by illiberal politicians to attack human rights and the fundamental values of an open, democratic society.
Shocked liberals have cast Trump as an ideological novelty appealing to a new electoral majority: the white working class. This overlooks his conventionality and mistakes rhetoric for reality, argues Michael Kinnucan.
Living in diversity
The ‘community of communities’ approach is responsible for the emergence of a tribal sense of identity among third-generation Muslims in Europe, argues Kenan Malik. The reaction to diversity must be political dialogue rather than indifference disguised as respect.
Making the market
Exemplary urban renewal project or just another hipster hang out? A historical market hall in Berlin now hosting regular farmers’ markets enjoys massive popularity. Except among the locals, that is.