Addressing Rising Nationalism in Europe: Views from Germany’s Green Party
Far-right nationalism has emerged as a major force to contend with in European politics and debate. Political parties have found success by appealing to entrenched fears over increased migration and religious difference. The result has been a political climate that is being shaped by a suspicion of migrants and refugees, and even xenophobia.
Far-right nationalism poses a serious threat to pluralism by denying the myriad benefits of ethnic, cultural and religious diversity and seeking to reshape societies as homogenous and rooted in so-called “traditional” values. By valuing some groups over others, progress and potential are impeded.
On April 10th 2018, the Centre partnered with the Embassy of Germany to present a dialogue with leading member of Germany’s Green Party, Jürgen Trittin, and Heather Scoffield, Ottawa Bureau Chief at the Canadian Press, at the Global Centre for Pluralism on the topic of the challenges of rising nationalism and xenophobia across Europe.
Watch the video below and read the speech from MP Jürgen Trittin.
Heather Scoffield, Moderator
Ottawa Bureau Chief, Canadian Press
former German Federal Minister for the Environment