A sca­ry po­li­ti­cal cli­ma­te

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> “Pa­ris chan­ges ever­y­thing,“said Ba­va­ri­an Fi­nan­ce Mi­nis­ter Mar­kus Sö­der (of the CSU, the con­ser­va­ti­ve Christian So­ci­al Uni­on par­ty) in an in­ter­view with the Welt­amSonn­tag short­ly af­ter the de­va­s­ta­ting ter­ro­rist attacks of No­vem­ber 13, when IS clai­med re­s­pon­si­bi­li­ty for the mas­sa­cre of well over 100 people in the French ca­pi­tal. The fact that he sug­ges­tive­ly re­fer­red to Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­ge­la Mer­kel’s re­fu­gee po­li­cies pro­bab­ly does not need an ad­di­tio­nal men­ti­on. Un­for­t­u­n­a­te­ly, in a way, he is pro­bab­ly right, sin­ce the Pa­ris attacks – which, un­li­ke the Be­ruit attacks short­ly be­fo­re, took place in our coun­try’s im­me­dia­te vicini­ty and the­re­fo­re re­pre­sent a stron­ger th­re­at – could re­al­ly crea­te a big shift. But a chan­ge in cour­se by Mer­kel, which Sö­der and CSU boss See­ho­her ha­ve long be­en ho­ping for, is not what we should most wor­ry about, as it’s un­li­kely to hap­pen at the mo­ment. It’s much mo­re the fact that the attacks oc­cur­red in a so­ci­al cli­ma­te that has hard­ly be­en mo­re re­cep­ti­ve to con­ser­va­ti­ve hard­li­ners than it is to­day. They could be what fi­nal­ly tip the sca­les, as our cul­tu­re of wel­co­m­ing is al­re­a­dy crum­bling. Right-wing po­pu­lists li­ke Lutz Bach­mann (of the an­ti-Is­lam group Pe­gi­da) and Alex­an­der Gau­land (of AfD, the Al­ter­na­ti­ve for Ger­ma­ny par­ty) ha­ve jum­ped to join Sö­der in using pi­thy slo­gans to ex­ploit ter­ro­rism for their own cau­se, crea­ting fur­ther sen­ti­ment against re­fu­gees. Against people who are fle­eing the ve­ry ter­ror that is now ke­eping Eu­ro­peans on edge. The­re’s a sca­ry po­li­ti­cal cli­ma­te in Ger­ma­ny, sli­ding mo­re to the right af­ter the attacks in Pa­ris and Bei­rut. It’s not the droo­ling, yap­ping Na­zis that could be­co­me a pro­blem, as their nar­row-min­ded world­views ha­ve long be­en set in sto­ne. The is­sue is ra­ther the os­ten­si­bly re­a­sonable, mo­de­ra­te voices who could be mo­ved to the right in re­ac­tion to the attacks on “Eu­ro­pean va­lues,“chan­ging our po­li­ti­cal ba­lan­ce. The nor­mal­ly peace­ful, aver­a­ge ci­ti­zens who sud­den­ly feel the need to ta­ke a si­de, whe­re­as they wouldn’t ha­ve be­fo­re. For­mer vo­ters for CDU (the Christian De­mo­cra­tic Uni­on, Mer­kel’s par­ty) ha­ve be­en sway­ed by the AfD. If elec­tions we­re held now, the AfD would for the first ti­me get over 10% of vo­tes, ac­cor­ding to polls – which we­re con­duc­ted be­fo­re the­se attacks. This “re­a­sonable midd­le“, as they re­cent­ly ma­ni­fes­ted at a “con­cer­ned ci­ti­zens“de­mo in Plau­en, te­ars the Na­zi gri­mace off of right-wing men­ta­li­ty and puts the re­spec­ta­ble face of en­ligh­ten­ment in its place. Ger­ma­ny, I shud­der at the thought.< Trans­la­ti­on: Jo­ey Han­som

... Right-wing men­ta­li­ty with the face of en­ligh­ten­ment

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