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    It's not like that cancer was ever not there. It's just a bit more visible at the moment. The early 90s were a whole lot worse in this regard too compared to now, and yes, including political representation of the cancer.
    different milieu. early 90s was the fall of the USSR and the US as the triumphal hyper-power.

    now the US is in relative global retreat, asking Europe to shoulder more of the regional burden-- while China and Russia seek to compete aggressively with the US and undercut US influence. for parts of Europe to undergo democratic regression now represents a serious ideological challenge to the West vs a mere regional issue from earlier. Orban et al has said as much.

    and it can get much worse. if En Marche! stumbles or Merkel falls or another serious recession hits Europe, it will get ugly pretty fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by astralis View Post
    different milieu. early 90s was the fall of the USSR and the US as the triumphal hyper-power.
    Not from our perspective. The early 90s were the collapse of the established system with millions suddenly displaced (... all moving into Germany) and within Germany economic collapse with massive transfer payments amounting to trillions, while the political elite proved to be even less trustworthy than ever before. It was sorta a bit like the postwar period, although more in a post-WW1 sense with the rightwingers gaining traction as well.

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