Reading Europes Fault Lines

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1635 ... July 4, 2018
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Reading Europe’s Fault Lines:
Notes from Europe as hard-Right populism enters Queen’s Park

Parastou Saberi

The rapid marching of the right in electoral politics, intellectual circles, and on the streets has become an undeniable feature of European politics. Once believed to be relegated to the dustbin of history, the electoral success of figures such as Marine Le Pen in France, Matteo Salvini in Italy, and Viktor Orbán in Hungary has once again brought extreme-right forces to the centre of political life in Europe. How are we to make sense of this revengeful comeback of the right in the early 21st century? This is the question that Liz Fekete engages with in her new book, Europe’s Fault Lines: Racism and the Rise of the Right (Verso... 2018).

Fekete provides an accessible and stimulating discussion on the roles of the state, intellectuals, the media, and uneven development in the triumph of the right in our age of crisis and rage. In this regard, she "eschews a boxed-in, academic study of fascism, which almost invariably divorces the study of the far right from a simultaneous study of the state, and the study of fascism from popular and state racism" (p. 6). Director of the Institute of Race Relations in London (the UK) and the head of its European research programme, Fekete has worked on far-right politics, racism, and refugee rights across Europe for 30 years now. Her latest book builds upon and expands her earlier work, A Suitable Enemy: Racism, Migration and Islamophobia in Europe (2009), in which she looked at the institutionalization of xeno-racism (anti-foreign racism) and anti-Muslim racism within European immigration, asylum, and national security laws in the 2000s.

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