In Germany, the Nazi-founded extreme right is still taboo for government coalition-building. In Austria, heading to the polls on Sunday, it’s now routine
Farid Hafez is a Senior Research Scholar at Georgetown University’s ‘Bridge Initiative’ www.bridge.georgetown.edu and Senior Scholar at Salzburg University, Department of Political Science and Sociology. He is the editor of the Islamophobia Studies Yearbook www.jahrbuch-islamophobie.de and co-editor of the European Islamophobia Report www.islamophobiaeurope.com.Twitter: @ferithafez
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