How populist and xenophobic movements in the EU tear apart European businesses and startups

bienkowska-nato

Participation of Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Member of the EC, in the NATO-Industry Forum 2016. Date: 09/11/2016 Reference: P-032867/00-05 Location: Brussels – Palais d’Egmont, © European Union , 2016 / Source: EC – Audiovisual Service / Photo: Lukasz Kobus

Exclusively written for the Sting by Mr João Malhadeiro, a young entrepreneur affiliated to the European Confederation of Junior Entreprises (JADE). The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue.

Europe’s values and ideologies are under serious threat. Everyday, they are being challenged by the rise of intolerance, racism, xenophobia and violence all across Europe. Speeches and polices of hatred that would have been unacceptable a few years ago, are becoming more and more uninhibited and popular in the political debate.

When we look at the problem, one name arises at the surface: the right wing popularism and extremist parties and movements. Although they may demonstrate different degrees of aggressiveness, the main similarity between all this ideologies is the racist and xenophobic rethoric. Far right populists and extremists try to present themselves as the real representatives of the people, voicing the problems that citizens face and expressing their dissatisfaction with the current state of play.

The main target of the racist and xenophobic speech: the migration flows and refugees that arrive to Europe every day, trying to escape to the horrors of the war in their countries. However, they end up in another horror show. We have reached a stage where dissimulation is no longer necessary and xenophobic, discriminatory and even racist ideas can be expressed freely and without being reprehended.

Issues such as the economic crisis, migration, globalisation and ultimately the idea of a united  Europe  are  used,  misused  and  misrepresented. Recently, Brexit was the main proof that it’s easy to blame the migration flows and that this kind of advertising receives attention from the population. However, when we look on the other side, we can also see that European businesses and startups got scared of Brexit.

Once London was considered one of the most important centers of business in Europe. Today, we can see the end of the Entrepreneurial London. The city was seen as the ideal place to be in contact with global talent and global markets, mainly because of its vibrancy and that was partly due to the variety of people from different nationalities that mix ideas and skills there.

However, Brexit was just the beginning, but it can create a colossal domino effect. When you look around Europe, we can see that the extreme parties are starting to control the politics in countries like France, the Netherlands, Sweden or Austria. So what’s next? How can entrepreneurs and startups grow up in countries where they are suffocated by the racist and xenophobic propaganda? Every day, these ideas are getting more and more supporters and at the same time we have an European (Dis)Union that is not capable of dealing with the migration crisis, as well as, the growth of the erupean right wing.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the European Sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Prevent future crises and empower youth – now!

New energy security framework will help meet growing needs in East Africa, sustainably – UN economic wing

UN chief condemns suspected Boko Haram attacks targeting Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Nigeria

Does the world have strong enough institutions to handle risks like Trump and Brexit?

Refugee crisis update: EU seeks now close cooperation with Africa while Schulz is shocked to witness live one single wreck full of immigrants

EU: Divided they stand on immigration and Trump hurricanes

What changes in the EU as from today

Violent disorder is on the rise. Is inequality to blame?

The EU sides with China against the US; but has Germany capitulated to America?

The EU lets the bankers go on rigging the benchmarks

Here’s how to build energy infrastructures fit for the future

The European Parliament rewrites the EU budget in a bright day for the Union

Human Rights Council election: 5 things you need to know about it

Visa liberalisation: Commission reports on fulfilment of visa-free requirements by Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries

MWC 2016 LIVE: Xiaomi looks to revive growth with flagships

EU-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement sees the light as Moscow’s reaction once more looms

High internet taxes are restricting access and slowing economic growth

Opening – Parliament expresses support for victims of Fuego volcano in Guatemala

European Youth Forum welcomes establishment of new Youth Intergroup in the European Parliament

This woman solved one of the biggest problems facing green energy

Angola’s President João Lourenço calls for stronger EU-Africa cooperation

Why Eurozone urgently needs the ECB to print and distribute at least €500 billion

A Sting Exclusive: “Climate Change needs to be demystified”, Anneli Jättenmäki Vice President of European Parliament underscores from Brussels

Is Eurozone heading for disinflation?

Pharmaceuticals conceal drug side effects with the EU’s Court blessing

EU presses India for a free trade agreement

UN agency ramps up effort to counter growing nuclear threat from cyberspace

Hunger and obesity in Latin America and the Caribbean compounded by inequality: UN report

UN ‘stands in solidarity’ with cyclone-hit India – Secretary-General Guterres

Caravan of Mothers of Missing Migrants kick off a global migration search movement

UN rights chief welcomes new text to protect rights of peasants and other rural workers

MEPs agree on new rules to tax digital companies’ revenues

Why press freedom should be at the top of everyone’s agenda

How China raised the stakes for electric vehicles

Ceasefire holds in Tripoli, but core problems remain, says UN Libya mission chief

The hidden cost of the electric car boom – child labour

UN welcomes progress in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia naming dispute

2014 budget: The EU may prove unable to agree on own resources

EU27 leaders unite on Brexit Guidelines ahead of “tough negotiations” with Theresa May

Nigeria floods: Guterres ‘deeply saddened’ by loss of life and rising need

Plastic Oceans: MEPs back EU ban on throwaway plastics by 2021

What options the new President of Ukraine has?

“BEUC cautions against TTIP that would seek to align EU and US chemicals management frameworks”

Sustainable development demands a broader vision, says new OECD Development Centre report

UN police officer recognized for protecting vulnerable Somali women from abuse

What the next 20 years will mean for jobs – and how to prepare

‘Historic’ moment: Palestine takes reins of UN coalition of developing countries

Saudi woman seeking asylum in Thailand ‘now in a secure place’ says UNHCR

MEPs to prioritise environment and climate action in next long-term budget

Global Citizen-Volunteer Internships

Human rights chief calls for international probe on Venezuela, following ‘shocking accounts of extrajudicial killings’

Tackling the toxic norms that hold women back in Asia

Eurozone at risk of home-made deflation and recession

Appalling overall unemployment in Eurozone at 20.6%

Eurozone and Britain heading in different directions

South Sudanese refugees need $2.7 billion, as safe return remains elusive

Better air pollution data is helping us all breathe easier. Here’s how

Further reforms will promote a more inclusive and resilient Indonesian economy

Germany loves a strong euro; the new Fiscal Councils can deliver despite the Greek chaos and a wider questioning of austerity

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s