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Part 5: Can Liberal Democracy Survive in Europe?

Part 5: Can Liberal Democracy Survive in Europe?

Update: 2019-06-1458
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Across Europe, populists are saying that it’s not democracy they aim to discard, but liberalism. To end our series, we returned to Germany, the country at the heart of a liberal Europe, to see if the rejection of liberalism had also taken hold there.

Guests: Katrin Bennhold, the Berlin bureau chief for The New York Times, and Clare Toeniskoetter and Lynsea Garrison, producers for “The Daily,” went to an election party in Berlin for the far-right party Alternative for Germany. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.

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Rev. Vincent O. Holland-Gonzalez, Sr.

Just finished the series and reading the previous comments. I agree, well done, and I realize constraints would prevent you from visiting every country/region. My concern is one that was highlighted in the piece and is a growing concern in the US with the rise of right-wing nationalism and that's the plight of minorities. I am a part of so many different minority groups that are under attack, in my opinion. I am Hispanic of Puerto Rican descent with many relatives on the island as well as on the US mainland. I am gay, legally married to another gentleman. I was hopeful that LGBTQIA protections and considerations were growing post Obergefell but that optimisim is waning greatly. I am disabled and on SSD which I paid into for decades yet now there is an attack on SS and I am being labeled a moocher by those who would cut or take away altogether my benefits. I am a veteran who lives with horrible pain not from combat but from a severe auto accident which left me in a wheelchair. I have been stable on narcotic pain medication for decades which manages my pain but in no way eliminates. I have played by the rules, take it as prescribed, never OD on it, sold it, given it away, and now it's arbitrarily being taken away because of the "opioid crisis." I am being punished for what others have done and that puts me in that minority. The VA's drive to push ALL veterans off pain medication is driving the opioid crisis because it forces them to seek street drugs with no guarantees of what's in it or how strong (or weak) it is. The media is so focused on the deaths by street drugs they completely ignore what's driving responsible people like me to have to seek them. I am in that ignored group, a minority. Yes, America is governed by the majority but it behooves the majority to respect and preserve the rights of the minorities and that's not happening. Many on the right believe it's their responsibility to force everyone else to abide by their religious and political beliefs and that is not the kind of America I swore to defend with, if need be, my very life. I served during the Vietnam War but was stateside for my tour of duty. I swore to defend and protect the Constitution which I believe is a living document, not any subset of certain politicians! - Rev. Vincent O. Gonzalez, Sr. North Fort Myers FL

Jun 17th
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Gemma

The liberal democracy series has educated me on how the EU is currently operating and how delicate democracy really is for us all. Thank you for opening my eyes this week.

Jun 17th
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ye naing myo

Can I get transcripts of this series ?

Jun 16th
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John Ortiz

Loved this series, how you personalized each country's people's perspectives. I wish you could do a piece on Spain and the Catalonia independence movement. realize it's tangential to nationalism and the populist movements, but another example of the fragility of the EU. Love this podcast and yes I'm a NYT subscriber.

Jun 15th
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Carson Chiu

you guys make it sound like the swastika is banned outright when it's not (one of your presenters for this episode is German so how did she not know this?) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strafgesetzbuch_section_86a for example Subsection (1) shall not be applicable if the means of propaganda or the act serves to further civil enlightenment, to avert unconstitutional aims, to promote art or science, research or teaching, reporting about current historical events or similar purposes. and of the criteria for prosecution is means of propaganda, the contents of which are intended to further the aims of a former National Socialist organization

Jun 15th
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Meeae Dienemann

I highly enjoyed this series, but I wished you had visited one of the smaller countries like Denmark or Sweden

Jun 14th
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Mateus Oliveira

Liberal Democracy in its original sense of the word as in democracy, freedom of speech etc will survive just fine but the modern leftist liberal-democracy where you agree with them on every policy like mass immigration or or an evil racist fascist will not.

Jun 14th
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Part 5: Can Liberal Democracy Survive in Europe?

Part 5: Can Liberal Democracy Survive in Europe?