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Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 24/08/2007

Racist outbursts in Europe

Since last weekend's racist attack against a group of Indians in the Saxon town of Mügeln, Germany, the German press has focused on the subject of right-wing extremism and racism. Christoph Seils examines the causes of such violence in Eastern Germany. "After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany failed to build up new civil society structures while at the same time old social structures were destroyed. The transformation of East Germany was defined by West Germany, and the latter's principle of social consensus still hasn't taken root in Eastern Germany. The NPD and many other militant organisations have stepped in to fill these gaps... But those who want to combat right-wing extremism and violence in Eastern Germany must finally start to take the fragile worlds of those who have successfully mobilised the NPD into account and take their fears seriously. They must talk to these people in their own language and show them social and democratic perspectives. Ultimately this means reintegrating these people into society."

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 12/10/2006

Christoph Seils on new political trends

Germany's current 'grand coalition' model is no longer politically viable, writes the German political scientist Christoph Seils. He takes a look at what could come next. "Many European countries have had similar experiences. Long-standing parties fall and new political movements emerge. It's no longer the old established parties that integrate new social developments but the new political movements. I can discern three main trends in Europe at present. Right-wing populists are gaining popularity, the prosperous, chauvinistic regional parties are tipping the scales and liberal civil rights parties have gained increasing support. Realignments in party systems have gone hand in hand with unstable political systems characterised by major shifts in voting patterns and frequent changes of government. Perhaps Germany will soon experience these shifts which are part of the European norm. Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden, in particular, could serve as models."

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