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Europe’s alarming descent into extreme political acrimony and violence – POLITICO

As these assassinations unfolded, some reassured themselves that they were the bloody work of weirdos and wackos. “There are more types of fools than we can guard against,” remarks a character in Joseph Conrad’s historical novel, “The Secret Agent.”

Today, it’s just as hard not to categorize 71-year-old Cintula – politically fluid, sometime poet, coal miner, stonemason and, ironically, co-founder of the short-lived Movement Against Violence – as anything but imbalance. But cranks can often be canaries in coal mines.

Just as in recent years in Europe, the belle époque saw the development of political militias, movements prone to violence and aggressive nationalist thinking. Being an era of excess and scandalous income inequality, it was comparable to that of today, masking serious social and economic upheaval, which in turn fueled widespread resentment, with many seeking refuge in the big ” Fundamentalist -isms of the time – fascism, communism, anarchism and nationalism.

For scholars like Indian essayist Pankaj Mishra, the similarities between the so-called golden age and our own are clearly visible, because “much of our experience resonates with that of people in the 19th century.” However, in his book “Age of Anger,” Mishra warned that we are currently witnessing economic shocks of even greater magnitude, with “more diffuse and less predictable dangers.”

Historians in years to come may well view this attack on the life of a European head of government as another step in Europe’s alarming descent into extreme political acrimony and violence. | Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

The tremors happening beneath our feet today are harbingers of political earthquakes to come – likely including the outcome of the upcoming European Parliament elections, which are expected to see a surge in support for right-wing populist parties.

As fears grow over marginalization, mass migration, social injustice and being left behind, as expectations for the benefits of material well-being are dashed, rage boils – and populists take advantage, enthusiastically fanning the flames with incendiary winner-takes-all speeches. language. Where they thought we were unassailable after the West’s triumph over communism, voters now see around them mindless war, institutional incompetence, and the fact that their children will live poorer lives than they did. They also feel disenfranchised, as decisions increasingly seem to be made by global and supranational bodies that are not directly accountable to the electorate.


Sara Adm

Aimant les mots, Sara Smith a commencé à écrire dès son plus jeune âge. En tant qu'éditeur en chef de son journal scolaire, il met en valeur ses compétences en racontant des récits impactants. Smith a ensuite étudié le journalisme à l'université Columbia, où il est diplômé en tête de sa classe. Après avoir étudié au New York Times, Sara décroche un poste de journaliste de nouvelles. Depuis dix ans, il a couvert des événements majeurs tels que les élections présidentielles et les catastrophes naturelles. Il a été acclamé pour sa capacité à créer des récits captivants qui capturent l'expérience humaine.
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