LONDON — SOLDIERS putting up miles of razor cable 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 days through the eastern boundaries of European countries have produced horror and revulsion. “Have Eastern Europeans no feeling of pity?” asked the Polish-American historian Jan 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 nations tossed off the yoke that is soviet a quarter-century ago and therefore are a new comer to the values of liberal democracy. Ethnically homogeneous, these are generally unused to immigration. Ergo, numerous recommend, this prejudice and insularity.
Current history has truly shaped the smoothness of Eastern European communities. But will they be actually more xenophobic or aggressive to migrants compared to those for the western?
Just by the papers recently, one could be forgiven for convinced that until Hungary began setting up fences, europe had available boundaries and welcomed migrants with kindness and gentleness. (más…)