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The Rise of Switzerland's Trump

Global Risk Insights | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Global Risk Insights

Xenophobia in Europe is not the product of the refugee crisis. What many observers forget is that strong xenophobic tendencies in otherwise liberal European polities is not a new phenomenon. It is wrong to solely attribute the current backlash to recent events. It is wise then to look at how migration, refugees and Islamophobia came to dominate political discourse on the continent, in particular with Switzerland and the rise of Christoph Blocher and the right.