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Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | 05/12/2015

Exodus to Europe: Richard Swartz on the capitulation of morals in Sweden

Sweden tightened its asylum laws around two weeks ago. The country's romanticised self-image played a significant role in the failure of its "policy of open hearts", writes Richard Swartz in the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter: "Our project is to make the world a better place. ... What resembles classical nationalism in other European countries, we in Sweden have transformed into a super-modern social construct in which experiments go on around the clock and where national interests take a back seat to universal values. ... We see ourselves as a 'humanitarian superpower', and are convinced that sooner or later everyone else will follow suit. ... The task at hand isn't to save the world, however, but our own welfare state. ... Our government continues to blame the rest of Europe for the refugee crisis, arguing that it lacks solidarity. But we have still not realised what consequences this collapse will have on our society. It's true that Europe lacks solidarity. ... But perhaps it would have been better to face up to reality from the start instead of believing in a utopia."

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | 06/07/2014

Richard Swartz on fascism Russian style

Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the government in Kiev as 'fascists' but he should be careful with his name-calling because there are far more fascists in Russia than in Ukraine, writes Richard Schwartz in the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter: "They just don't call them that in Russia because the fascist stamp is reserved for the enemy who, by definition, is only to be found abroad and belongs to a nation other than Russia. ... Looking for the term National Socialism in Soviet-era documents is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Because that kind of terminology could have become embarrassing. ... Less dangerous terms like fascism or Hitlerism came in handy there. ... They have also outlived communism, because Russia - unlike Germany - has not faced up to its past. ... The past has therefore become a kind of storage cellar from which Putinism roots out terms, slogans and labels as it sees fit, without anyone really knowing what they mean. And that's because Russia skipped the big European lesson in history."

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 24/05/2006

Richard Swartz on the fragmentisation of the Balkans

Following Montenegro's decision in favour of independence, author and journalist Richard Swartz criticises the EU's lack of strategy regarding South Eastern Europe. "Sometimes it almost seems as if Brussels were simply content that there's no more shooting going on down there. Meanwhile, the process of fragmentation of the Balkans, as defined by Woodrow Wilson, is continuing – soon Kosovo, too, will become independent. Yet there is reason to hope that the divorce of Podgorica and Belgrade will help Serbia to finally come to terms with its recent past, instead of projecting its own problems onto its neighbours. But we can't be certain that this will be the case; Serbian nationalism is far from dead... Following the events of last Sunday, Serbia has now lost its access to the sea and perhaps later this year it will lose Kosovo, the 'cradle' of the Serbian nation."

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 13/03/2006

The death of Slobodan Milosevic

According to author Richard Swartz, the symbiotic relationship between Milosevic and his wife was a Balkan speciality. "Slobodan Milosevic and Mira Markovic were the Serb counterparts of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu in Romania, Enver and Nexhmije Hoxha in Albania, Todor Zhivkov and his daughter Ludmilla in Bulgaria. We see a man in power, but behind him stands a woman, and she's the one who really rules. Bonds of blood take precedence over all other loyalties, whether to people or ideas. This profound alliance of power is characterised by a slight madness, nepotism, and all kinds of bizarre and extravagant projects; by astrology and occultism and, if necessary, a fanaticism that does not shy away from violence."

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 12/01/2006

Patience with Europe

"Instead of trying to create a utopia, Europeans must learn to accept their Union as something imperfect; as a provisional arrangement," the two Swedish authors Richard Swartz und Rolf Gustavsson tell Europeans, asking them to be patient. "Europe has no soul, no heart, no fixed form. Just as Europeans cannot be defined according to religion, language, or even culture, Europe can't be defined in geographical terms. Europe consists of nothing more than smaller or larger minorities, and for now all it can offer is a sophisticated form of cooperation with certain supranational features. No more and no less. Anything more than this would be presumptuous and dangerous. Presumptuous, because the disasters it brought on itself in the 20th century should make it humble, and it must remember the miseries of the past. Dangerous, because the idea of a united Europe – a kind of United States of Europe – is based on the idea of fulfilling a utopian dream, and all utopias are prone to totalitarianism."

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