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In democracy’s birthplace, pope warns of populist threats

By Nicole Winfield and Derek Gatopoulos | 3 December 2021

ASSOCIATED PRESS — Pope Francis warned Saturday that the “easy answers” of populism and authoritarianism are threatening democracy in Europe and called for fresh dedication to promoting the common good rather than narrow, nationalist interests.

Arriving in Greece, the birthplace of democracy, Francis used a speech to Greek political and cultural leaders to warn Europe at large about the threats facing the continent. He said only robust multilateralism can address the pressing issues of the day, from protecting the environment to fighting the pandemic and poverty.

“Politics needs this, in order to put common needs ahead of private interests,” Francis said. “Yet we cannot avoid noting with concern how today, and not only in Europe, we are witnessing a retreat from democracy.”

Francis, who lived through Argentina’s populist Peronist era as well as its military dictatorship, has frequently warned about the threat of authoritarianism and populism and the danger it poses to the European Union and democracy itself.

He didn’t name any specific countries or leaders during his speech. The EU, however, is locked in a feud with members Poland and Hungary over rule-of-law issues, with Warsaw insisting that Polish law takes precedence over EU policies and regulations. […]

2 Comments on In democracy’s birthplace, pope warns of populist threats

  1. Well thats another head that should find a fence pole to be displayed. Does anyone listen to the old poop eating pope anymore? I surely hope not. I feel so bad for European countries all controlled by the kosher nostra that hates ALL Europeans just like here in jewAmerica. Do they know what their problem ((infestation)) is? I think its going to take pitchforks in the streets to rid the world of satanic cabal whose rotten roots are strangling the world

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