German media practices an enormous amount of self-censorship and policing of content to ensure viewpoints that do not breach the established boundaries of political correctness are not widely propagated.
There are now some that see this model of political correctness, which has served as the foundation of democratic political culture in Germany, has been taken to far and backfired.
The result? Mainstream parties in Germany are hemorrhaging support, resulting in a dissolution of what has served as Germany’s political system for decades.
In a sign that some journalists and papers are beginning to challenge this policing model, one of Germany’s major papers, Die Welt, published a long interview with Matteo Salvini, the former Italian deputy prime minister, who is often seen in the European Union and Germany as the personification of populist evil due to his views and policy on the migration crisis and the eurozone.
His dismissal from power in 2019, a result of a coalition party political game in Rome, was viewed with relief in Brussels.
Despite their success at removing Salvini from power, the current political atmosphere in Europe is rapidly shifting, especially since a second migration wave crashed on Greece and the threat of an epidemic hit Europe’s economies, leading many to reevaluate just how useful borders truly are.
That is why the more figures like Salvini are heard, the more Europeans may start to warm to his viewpoints. In the interview, Salvini presented his evaluation of the situation in Italy, praised Putin and Orbán, defended his migration policy, called for the protection of Italian borders, and pointed to the need to reform the eurozone in face of a looming recession.
The most interesting part of the interview came down to Salvini’s unambiguous message that current events will lead to Europe to return to the old formula of nation states for its basic political and economic structure.
The times of optimistic faith in the domination of international structures and the overarching role of European integration are now behind us.
Undoubtedly, what is happening in Europe today has uncovered tremendous layers of fear and instability which will weaken the faith in the durability or even purpose of centralized and globalist structures such as the EU.
Naturally, people searching for security will hide behind their traditional nation states, especially if those states can better provide it.
While hiding behind their closed borders, will they also come to the conclusion, that further European integration is useless to them? The answer to that will come in the near future.