June 3rd, 2014
03:31 PM ET

What I'm reading: End of right vs left in Europe?

By Fareed Zakaria

“If there is a single overarching tendency to emerge from the European polls it is…not the widely taunted ‘revival of fascism,’ but rather a withering of the traditional ‘left versus right’ distinction amongst political parties, coupled with a realignment along new political lines,” writes Carlo Invernizzi Accetti for Quartz. “This could be described as the emergence of a new axis of political opposition, between technocracy and populism.”

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“Last month, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the United States was charging members of the Chinese military with economic espionage,” writes James Surowiecki in the New Yorker. “Stealing trade secrets from American companies, he said, enabled China to ‘illegally sabotage’ foreign competitors and propel its own companies to ‘success in the international marketplace.’ The United States should know. That’s pretty much how we got our start as a manufacturing power, too.”

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“Many Germans, with their suspicion of anything that smacks of nationalism, find it hard to acknowledge the connection between democracy and the nation,” argues Gideon Rachman in the Financial Times. “But it is above all in nations – with their shared ties of language, history and political culture – that democracy can live and breathe. At a European level, you can replicate the forms of democracy – elections, political parties and so on – but what you cannot create is the underlying demos (the people) that is needed to bind democracy together. That is why you end up with the absurd situation in which voters are said to have “chosen” a leader they have never heard of.”

 


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  1. Peter mabas

    Economic espionage, what an irony, edward snowden can tell you better that a pot has no moral right to accuse a kettle of being black.

    June 3, 2014 at 4:27 pm | Reply

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