March 15, 2017 – Corriere della Sera published an editorial by SEP Senior Fellow Maurizio Ferrera, in which he comments on the Dutch elections and the rise of Islamophobia in Europe. One of the effects of globalization is that the electoral results of such a small country now has relevant consequences for the entire world, and above all for EU member states. The Netherlands’ elections will influence two central questions in European politics—the relationship with Islam and the EU’s future. Geert Wilders not only fomented protests against a group of immigrants, he also expressly attacked their religion, denouncing the Quran as a book full of hate and violence. His writings are also arguably more anti-Semitic than Hitler’s Mein Kampf. He has also taken aim at the EU, which, in his opinion, has put the physical and social security of Dutch citizens at risk.
- The original article (in Italian) is available from Corriere della Sera.