Washington siege a ‘wake-up name’ for democracy, high EU diplomat says – POLITICO

The “stunning occasions” in Washington “have to be a wake-up name” for democracy advocates world wide, the EU’s high diplomat Josep Borrell stated Sunday in response to the lethal siege of the Capitol constructing.

“Wednesday’s bewildering occasions present how broken and divided the American society is after 4 years of Trump administration,” Borrell wrote in a blog post.

The Spanish politician stated he was shocked by the “mob assaulting the Capitol Hill” in Washington final week, and recalled an tried coup in his house nation in 1981, when Lieutenant-Colonel Antonio Tejero led 200 armed Civil Guard officers into congress throughout a vote to elect a main minister.

Whereas noting that the occasions within the U.S. capital “can’t be in contrast with the assault on the Spanish Congress,” Borrell stated that “one can not underestimate the importance of what occurred and the potential catastrophe brought about if the matter had derailed even additional.”

“What we noticed on Wednesday was solely the climax of very worrying developments occurring globally lately,” Borrell stated.

To keep away from an additional erosion of democratic values and establishments, Borrell stated “we should rise up instantly to each violation of the independence of democratic establishments … to each inflammatory and hateful speech by demagogues, to each disinformation marketing campaign and pretend information.”

Borrell known as for reflection on “the basis causes” fueling such forces, citing the “dysfunctions of our economies,” together with tax evasion, the “weakening of the flexibility to manage massive multinational firms” and excessive unemployment, and known as for elevated international cooperation.

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