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Pope Francis says populism is a serious threat for Europe
14:35, 22 January 2017
Pope Francis says populism is a serious threat for Europe

Pontiff considers Germany in 30s a classic example of European populism

14:35, 22 January 2017

Reuters

Pope Francis said about serious danger of populist rhetoric for Europe. He stated this in an interview to El Pais.

"Of course, the crises provoke fears. For me, the most typical example of populism in the European sense is 1933 year in Germany. The country was in crisis and searching for its identity,” the pontiff said.

The head of the Catholic Church said that Adolf Hitler did not seize power. "He was elected by the people, and caused enormous damage to his people. In times of crisis we are unable to think clearly,” the Pope stressed.

The pontiff also called on Europeans to take more measures for the integration of refugees in order to prevent ghetto presence. According to him, border security during terrorist threat is especially important, but Francis condemned attempts to defend "with walls and barbed wire."

"The countries threatened by terrorism have reason for even stricter controls, but no country is authorized to take away their citizens' right to dialogue with the neighbors,” Pope Francis underlined.

It is important to note that EU Commission authorized Germany and four other countries to extend the border controls at its borders for another three months, until mid-May.

Parliamentary and presidential elections will be held in France, Germany and the Netherlands in 2017. During the election campaign, right-wing politicians actively use nationalist slogans and anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Also, the US president, Donald Trump, during his election campaign has repeatedly been subjected to accusations of populism, as well as negative statements regarding migrants, the disabled and black people.

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