Right to Worry?

Catherine Mayer's commendable article takes up the issue of the far right and how it is splitting societies in Europe [Aug. 10]. Unfortunately, by describing this development as "feeding off the economic crisis and the loss of trust in mainstream parties," she is missing the point. Phenomena such as xenophobia and fascism have historic roots and surface regularly with the help of opportunistic politicians. Unfortunately, the European media is as guilty as politicians — far-right or mainstream — for instigating and giving extensive coverage to racist parties under freedom of expression rules and with no regard for the protection of minorities....

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