The radical right-ward turn of politics, what many call as the ‘fascist’ turn is a key feature of the Greek crisis. Again here Greece is not alone, but follows long established European patterns. This turn has to be seen as the conjuncture of three interconnected currents: the rise of the New Right since the late 1970s (Makis Voridis is the most important figure here); the never-addressed continued existence of fascist sympathizing parties in postwar Europe that rise and fall depending on the economic and social conditions; and the keenness of the establishment to ally itself with the thugs of the Far Right in order to defend its privileges, as it was blatantly exhibited during the rise of the fist fascist movements between the two World Wars. The legalistic clampdown targeting the Golden Dawn in the autumn of 2013 must not distract us from the deep links between the establishment and the far right.
Of course, the question whether what is happening today is similar to what happened eighty years ago with the rise of fascism throughout Europe is key here, and it is one that dominates the public discourse. Connected to that, is the seemingly banal question of terminology: who are these people, and how should we call them?
Unfortunately, but very predictably, migration has become a key battleground, from where the politics of tension feeds its power. Keep up-to-date with the migrants’ voice by visiting the website of the Thessaloniki-based Clandestina network.
A key tool in the rise of tensions has been the legitimation of the Far Right by the establishment. Read Makis Voridis’ story to see how this has happened.