The im­por­tance of silent ma­jori­ties

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY NIKOS VATOPOULOS

joyed a his­toric mo­ment when Charles de Gaulle tri­umphed af­ter the May up­ris­ings in 1968) made a re­turn re­cently when it was used in re­la­tion to the mass demon­stra­tion in Barcelona in fa­vor of Span­ish unity. Some wanted to sug­gest that this was a mo­ment mark­ing the grad­ual ral­ly­ing of a Europe driven by com­mon sense. How­ever, even those who high­light this trend (if it is ac­tu­ally ac­cu­rate) are re­main­ing low-key. Those who are pin­ing for old Europe are also nos­tal­gic for those clear so­cial co­or­di­nates that, to a large ex­tent, sup­ported the Union’s con­struc­tion. There can be no doubt that the Euro­pean trend of re­spond­ing to pop­ulism, disobe­di­ence and apos­tasy from rep­re­sen­ta­tive democ­racy is grad­u­ally be­com­ing vis­i­ble. There is a clear sense that a new vi­sion is nec­es­sary and ev­ery­thing that French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron is try­ing to do, as a fer­vent sup­porter of a new Euro­pean ar­chi­tec­ture, is re­lated to th­ese needs and con­cerns. How­ever, the ex­pe­ri­ence in all Euro­pean coun­tries, from Greece to the United King­don and from Spain to Poland, proves that each ef­fort to dis­sect so­ci­ety and to pre­dict peo­ple’s po­lit­i­cal move­ments is un­likely to be ac­cu­rate, or at least runs the se­ri­ous risk of be­ing mis­lead­ing. On the other hand, democ­ra­cies also op­er­ate

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