As Xenophobic Policies Sweep Central and Eastern Europe, Refugee Aid Is Criminalized

The political hysteria against refugees entering Europe is on the rise although migration in the region has decreased since 2017. Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orbán has taken the toughest anti-migrant stance, followed by politicians in the ‘Visegrád Four’ or V4 (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia).

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World Politics Explainer: Pinochet’s Chile

General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, a career military officer, was appointed Commander in Chief of the Chilean army by President Salvador Allende on August 1973. Eighteen days later, with the connivance, if not the assistance, of the US, he authorised a coup against Allende’s Socialist government. To be clear, Pinochet’s rule was not the first, last…

Braziliansplaining: Brazilian Far-Right Revision of Nazism

Over the past few years, it has become a trend in Brazil to assert that Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party were leftists. The idea is based on the simple—and quite literal—fact that the party’s full name translates as German Workers’ National Socialist Party. And “socialist” equals left, correct?

Austria’s Right-Wing Government Sets Sights On Restricting Press Freedom

When members of the conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) and radical right Freedom Party (FPÖ) were elected into power in 2017, there was little response. There were almost no protests, except for a few gatherings in the Austrian capital, Vienna. The now majority right-wing populist government has since tightened asylum laws, put migration on hold,…

Germany’s Heated Asylum Debate Has Dark Parallels To Events 30 Years Ago

It was a moment that has defined Angel Merkel’s chancellorship of Germany ever since. In early September 2015, she allowed thousands of refugees fleeing violence in Syria and Iraq to enter Germany. Merkel promised her people that Germany would be able to handle the growing influx of asylum seekers, but her decision provoked a storm…

Sweden Election: Yes, The Far Right Made Gains, But We’re Not Falling Apart

Sweden is recovering after a very tense election night. The centre-right and the centre-left blocs have effectively secured very similar shares of the vote, but neither have come away with quite enough leverage to form a strong government alone. The far-right Sweden Democrats, a niche party campaigning on a nationalist agenda, registered its highest electoral…

How The Right-Wing Press Has Weaponised The Ability To Speak English

Being able to speak English is considered by many to be an integral part of “being British”. Officially, it is a requirement for those applying for British citizenship. Yet the link between English and belonging is also clear in more everyday contexts, including, unfortunately, instances in which people are discriminated against – and even assaulted…