Visegrad’s Fear of Diversity

The fight against multiculturalism is a backlash from the democratic transition

12 February 2019

“Multiculturalism has failed”. This sentence by Angela Merkel – without invoking the actual context of the utterance – tends to be cited when you ask in the region why migration is seen as an insurmountable problem.

It is understood as the ultimate argument behind the conviction that the “experiment” of distinct cultures living together has failed in Western countries.

And this is how multiculturalism tends to be understood; not as a set of policies which differ between countries and individual governments, but rather as a simple approval that yes, various cultures should live together.

It is seen as an ideological stance that prefers the cohabitation of various cultures, and thus destroys social ties in a “natural” society known as a nation state.

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Zuzana Kepplova

#DemocraCE Fellow. Columnist, writer and an editor of the opinion section at the leading Slovak newspaper, SME.

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