In recent years, especially after Covid-19, Europe has seen a rise in far-right attitudes and change in the internal political systems of single states. Some far-right parties have encountered more support from the citizens, some governments changed directions altogether. Can this phenomenon be considered a consequence of the health crisis and to what extent was this development already apparent before the pandemic?
2015 brought an unprecedented challenge to EU leaders and governments when they had to develop political solutions to the so-called “migration crisis”. For lack of quick fixes or better alternatives, they rushed to negotiate a deal with Turkey, which came to be known as EU-Turkey Statement. The “deal”, however, not only lacks any long-term sustainable solution to the challenge and made the EU cut a deal with an unreliable, authoritarian “partner” but, more importantly, outright violates refugees’ human rights.