Published On: Tue, Oct 29th, 2019

Author exposes the failed liberalism project in Europe and the inevitable rise in populism | World | News

Political scientist Ivan Krastev claimed resentment in Eastern Europe has festered towards Western Europe and the Western world due to the failed liberalism project. Mr Krastev explained that as countries attempted to create their own identity after the end of the Soviet-Union, many took to imitating the West. This proved unsuccessful due to a global culture of an insistence on originality and in turn, has seen a growth in populism in Eastern Europe that has since spread to parts of the west.

While on Sky News Mr Krastev said: “There was one major misconception in 1989.

“This was that because communism failed, the east is going to change but the west is going to remain the same.

“The story was that the cold war liberal west was very much preconditioned on the cold war.

“It was preconditioned on the existence of the Soviet Union and the Soviet Bloc.

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“So what we saw was that the east was changing and there was major positive changes.

“For the last 30 years the GDP of Poland tripled.

“This is a country that has not had a recession since 1992, more than 70 percent of the people in Poland declared that they are satisfied with their lives.

“What was missing was the feeling of collective success.

“One is that of course in 1989 there was a keyword in the East and this was normality.

“We want to be normal and that means we want to be like the West.

“Everyone expected that these countries would imitate the West.

“But being an imitator is psychologically difficult particularly in an environment and culture that says be an original don’t be a copy.

“This kind of resentment of being an imitator is strong.”

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