Europe's New Right

February 12, 1993 • Volume 3, Issue 6
Are right-wing extremists gaining a new foothold in Europe?
By Mary H. Cooper


Skinheads and other extremists instigated more than 2,000 incidents of violence against foreigners in Germany last year, killing 17 people. Some observers worry that swastika-wearing young thugs are a sign that newly unified Germany is falling once again into the hands of xenophobic nationalists. But even such traditionally tolerant societies as Sweden and Switzerland have seen an increase in hostility toward outsiders. Rather than a return to Nazi values, today's rightward shift reflects economic problems brought on by the breakdown in the old order that enabled hundreds of thousands of Eastern Europeans to flee ethnic strife and poverty. But their arrival in the West has coincided with a severe economic recession inGermany and elsewhere, causing resentment among many frustrated citizens.

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Jun. 2008  Anti-Semitism in Europe
Feb. 12, 1993  Europe's New Right
Apr. 12, 1967  Neo-Nazism in West Germany
Feb. 18, 1953  Neo-Nazism in Germany
Jan. 05, 1953  Communist Anti-Semitism
Nov. 14, 1941  Anti-Semitism in the United States
Aug. 02, 1935  Anti-Semitism in Germany
Feb. 24, 1926  The Protection of Minorities in Europe
Race and Hate Crimes
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