Episode 9: The End of the Middle East Peace Process?

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Has John Kerry hit an irresolvable impasse in the Middle East?

This week, host Richard Aldous welcomes Aaron David Miller, Distinguished Scholar at the Wilson Center, to discuss perceptions and realities of the current incarnation of the Arab-Israeli peace process.

Then Richard talks to Walter Russell Mead about the politics of Obamacare after the big enrollment number success, and the rise of the far right in Europe.

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Published on: April 7, 2014
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  • Curious Mayhem

    The so-called “far right” parties in Europe are a very heterogeneous mix. They represent resurgence in pre-EU, or even prewar, national identities, themselves quite heterogeneous. They’re only called “far right” because that suits the interests of entrenched incumbents in finance and politics that the major media outlets are allied with and depend on.

    The UKIP wants to take Britain back to “splendid isolation,” while moving in a free-market, free-trade direction — economically laissez-faire, politically aloof.

    Marine Le Pen expresses the rage of the French elite (when that elite itself is not yet willing to) that expected the EU to work as a vehicle for French political power yoked to Germany economic prowess. Obviously, it hasn’t worked out that way, and France is in a bad economic position. Her FN party is rightly suspected of fascist tendencies, although she’s carefully rebuilt the party to erase anything too obviously like that. But it remains hostile to immigrants, protectionist, and populist.

    The German anti-euro party (whose name I can’t remember) isn’t “far right” at all, just opposed to Germany paying the bill for its profligate southern neighbors, while not admitting the role that German banks played in lending all that money in the first place.

    The ruling party in Hungary can be fairly called populist with fascist tendencies.

    These leaders are all noticeably non-critical of Putin. Will they play the role that far-right leaders of the 1930s played in aiding in abetting Hitler and Mussolini, this time vis-a-vis Putin? That is, what determines their political views — are they patriotic and willing to oppose Putin’s neoimperialism (which the EU will have a hard time opposing) — or are they shaped more by their hatred of the EU and ready to express admiration for Putin?

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