A horde of far-right activists breaks through the police barriers. Cheering and waving flags, they prepare to storm the legislature. The mob broke out in Washington DC last week. In Berlin they were stopped on the steps of the Reichstag last August. If the demonstrators had broken into the building, they would have found carefully preserved graffiti on some of the walls from the storming of the Reichstag by Russian troops in 1945.
Germany’s near-scandal in the summer, the yellow vest demonstrations in France and the emotions that were sparked in Great Britain by Brexit and Covid-19 – they all illustrate the same fact. Europeans cannot assume