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Tom Junes: Mass Migration and Fringes Today

tom junes: Ever since WWII, such views were taboo in Europe, confined to the far-right fringes, according to The Chronicle Herald. Today they are openly expressed by mainstream political leaders in parts of Central and Eastern Europe, part of a populist surge in the face of globalization and mass migration. And Hungary's prime minister declares the colour of Europeans should not mix with that of Africans or Arabs. There is something broader going on in the region which has produced a patriotic, nativist, conservative discourse through which far-right ideas managed to become mainstream, said Tom Junes, a historian with the Human and Social Studies Foundation in Sofia, Bulgaria. In Hungary and Poland, governments are also eroding the independence of courts and the media, prompting human rights groups to warn that democracy is threatened in parts of a region that threw off Moscow-backed dictatorships in 1989. In many places, the shift to the right has included the rehabilitation of Nazi collaborators, often fighters or groups celebrated as anti-communists or defenders of national liberation. ( As reported in the news.