LONDON — SOLDIERS putting up kilometers of razor wire fencing to help keep away refugees. a child and mother stuck in a field of mud. a vehicle parked on the road between Budapest and Vienna containing the decomposing figures of 71 refugees.
The scenes over current months through the eastern boundaries of Europe have actually created revulsion and horror. “Have Eastern Europeans no feeling of shame?” asked the historian that is polish-American Gross. Another historian, the German-born Jan-Werner Mьller, demanded that the European Union “ostracize” Hungary, “a country no further observing its values,” by cutting down funding and suspending its voting liberties.
A fundamental “political and cultural gap” that divides the Continent for many, Eastern Europeans’ lack of generosity toward refugees reflects, in the words of one Guardian columnist. Eastern European countries tossed off the yoke that is soviet a quarter-century ago and they are a new comer to the values of liberal democracy. Ethnically homogeneous, these are generally unused to immigration. Thus, numerous recommend, this prejudice and insularity. Read more