Weimar back in the News

Bildschirmfoto 2016-06-01 um 18.45.29Over the last few years, Weimar Germany has been the go-to horror scenario for journalists and scholars the world over, as a historical precedent to the 2008 financial crisis, a symbol for the situation in Greece, or an explanation for German fiscal policy.

Now, the New York Times has predicted a “Weimar moment” for the whole of the Western world, arguing that “Germany’s slide into a popular embrace of authoritarianism in the 1930s offers a frame for understanding how liberal democracies can suddenly turn toward anti-liberalism.”

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