Opinion: Brexit will be a big mistake | Opinion | DW.COM

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This is an outstanding article by Barbara Wesel published by DW. She reports that in a few days’ time, Britain will vote on its future in the European Union and cautions that if they decide to leave, this might turn out to be the biggest mistake in recent European history.

Source: Opinion: Brexit will be a big mistake | Opinion | DW.COM | 17.06.2016

The conclusion is that hopefully voters will, at the last moment in the polling booth, shy away from destruction.

Whilst I agree with the thrust of the argument in this article, I think that Ms. Wesel misses an important point. David Cameron called the referendum after he returned from negotiations with EU partners. Had the EU, especially Germany, been more accommodating to the UK, then perhaps UK voters could have been assured. There is still room for major intervention from Germany and France. A last minute bonus on restricting immigration to the UK could sway the result of Brexit.



Hungary heads to the right | Europe | Deutsche Welle

This is a deeply worrying and must-read article from Deutsche Welle, the leading German news agency.

via Hungary heads to the right | Europe | DW.DE | 13.05.2015.

This article takes a hard-look at rapidly growing xenophobia, racism, and right-wing radicalism.

As I reflected on this article, my mind switched to the growing hatred of austerity policies and increasing rejection of the European integration experiment under the banner of the European Community. Across Europe, we are seeing increasing polarization towards the hard-left and the hard-right of the political spectrum. Here is a vivid example of right-wing populism in Hungary.

Let me ask an open question:

Why has the central ground of the political spectrum gone out of favor in Europe?