Archive for December 17th, 2015

17/12/2015

Of Democracy and Climate – Two Lessons from Paris

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roberto Savio*

Rome, 17 December 2015

In the space of just a few days, two fundamental lessons have come from Paris for the world about democracy and climate. The media have been dealing with them as separate issues, but they are, in fact, linked by the same problem that can no longer be ignored: democracy is on the wane.

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Roberto Savio

While all media have reported the defeat of the Front National in the French administrative elections, and while few have made the old observation that to win a battle is not to win a war, there is no doubt that the FN is becoming a mainstream party.

In these elections, the traditional political system – the centre-right under former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and the socialists under current president François Hollande – again joined forces to keep the FN under Marine Le Pen out.

But it is time to consider that the right wing in Europe (as well as in the United States), is going beyond nostalgia and xenophobia.

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