Nationalism Is the New European Normal


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With the continued threat of a Greek default and an unstable future for the Eurozone, nationalism is the new norm in Europe, says, Mabel Berezin, professor of Sociology at Cornell University and author of “Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Cultures, Security, and Populism in a New Europe.”

Berezin says:

“Over the past weekend, the Danish People's Party, a right nationalist party came in second place in the Danish Parliamentary elections. This election forced the collapse of the center left government and made this party and its leader kingmakers in the center right government that is likely to form.

“During the same weekend, the Greek Prime Minister was frantically trying to come to some accord on the Greek debt crisis in advance of his Monday meeting with EU ministers. If Greece defaults, it would trigger a second Sarajevo moment with the potential to unleash an even more extreme nationalist response.

“Any way you look at it—from German citizens not willing to bail out their rule-breaking Greek compatriots to nations being unwilling to take in asylum seekers from Africa, nationalism is the new European normal and if Greece defaults, the worst of it may lie ahead.”

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