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Europe’s ‘multicultural problem’

  • July 21, 2011
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Multiculturalism is a concept that is often criticized – and rarely defined – by both mainstream conservatives and the extreme right.    But definitions are  usually less important than the visceral condemnations of a corrupting liberal ‘ideology’ that is supposedly paving the way for the downfall of ‘our’ national and cultural identity and permeating Europe with alien – especially Muslim – cultural enclaves.

More often than not, multiculturalism functions as a code word for certain forms of cultural and ethnic diversity that the right has always found unacceptable.   Where Enoch...

The non-people of Igoumenitsa

  • June 21, 2011
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Amid all the media attention directed towards the Greek debt crisis and the potential collapse of the eurozone that may result, little attention has been paid to the tens of thousands of undocumented migrants who are effectively trapped in Greece without any possibility of achieving legal status.

For the last few years now, the Greek-Turkish border...

Barbarians

  • June 16, 2011
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In the course of writing my book about borders and migration I’ve visited a lot of great European cities, including some that I’d never been to before, like Bratislava, Warsaw, Lublin, Brescia, and – strange as it may seem – Rome, where I am now.   It’s a vibrant and magnificent city, in which...

Los Indignados

  • May 21, 2011
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Astonishing events are unfolding in Spain, where anti-austerity protests have been taking place across the country  on the eve of regional and local elections. 20,000 people have turned the Puerta del Sol in Madrid into a mini Tahrir Square.

Last week there were protests in more than fifty cities, in what appears to be a spontaneous...

Will Hutton on the European Far-Right

  • May 15, 2011
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I’ve hardly ever bought the Observer since it supported the Iraq war,  but I made the mistake of reading it today and I wasn’t inclined to start buying it again.

First there was a soft three-page profile of Pamela Geller, a bigoted anti-Muslim harridan who surely doesn’t deserve any more attention than she has already received...

The End of Schengen?

  • May 07, 2011
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Is Europe’s horror of ‘immigration’  paving the way for the unravelling of one of the key components of European integration – the ‘borderless’ Schengen Area?   It’s certainly beginning to look that way. Last week the EU Home Office Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom announced forthcoming discussions to introduce a ‘temporary reintroduction of limited internal border controls...

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