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Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, October 26, 2015

Democrats must wake up

The outcome of the election in Poland is a warning signal for the rest of Europe, writes the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger: "The voice of the Eastern Europeans in the EU is growing louder and more rebellious. Things may still turn out very differently in Warsaw to in Budapest. Kaczynski, who didn't run as the leading candidate, won't be able to rule the roost like Orbán. Moreover, Poland is in a far better state economically than Hungary. However that fact in particular is disturbing. How can it be that in such a successful country where the future should belong to the young a diffuse sense of discontent can swell so quickly into a wave of protest? Sociologists point to the harsh reform policy and the arrogance of the elites. It's also true that this mood is not confined to Eastern Europe. It can be observed in the Front National in France and the left-wing Podemos in Spain all the way to the right-wing Pegida agitators in Germany. In view of the constant crises on the continent it's high time the democrats in Europe woke up."

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