March 20, 2012
European tolerance failing as crisis deepens divides
By David Gow.
French politicians have called a halt to campaigning in the presidential elections because of the horrific spate of “motorbike” murders in Toulouse. The political class is said to be in shock at the obviously racist – and anti-semitic, anti-muslim – motives behind the killings. It shouldn’t be; it helped poison the atmosphere that fed this cold hatred.
But this is not, as Denis MacShane, ex-Europe minister, points out on his twitter feed, a French problem alone; it’s a pan-European phenomenon as the financial crisis has morphed into a prolonged recession and the “Other” is blamed for the rising joblessness, poverty, crime… The Jews for running the banks, the Poles et al for stealing jobs and the Muslims for being terrorists and, well, different.
In Europe we have tended to focus our warnings on the rise of neo-Nazis, open espousers of the Hitlerian agenda, such as […]