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 Pope Francis warns of dangers of new European populism

The head of the Roman Catholic Church compared the current strengthening of the populist positions in Europe and events in Germany in the early 1930s.

Pope Francis gave an interview to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, Censor.NET reports.

''The most obvious example of European populism is Germany in 1933. After the crisis of 1930, Germany is broken, it needs to get up, to find its identity, a leader, someone capable of restoring its character, and there is a young man named Adolf Hitler who says: "I can, I can." And all Germans vote for Hitler. Hitler didn't steal the power, his people voted for him, and then he destroyed his people,'' he said.

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''The case of Germany in 1933 is typical, a people that was immersed in a crisis, that was looking for its identity until this charismatic leader came and promised to give its identity back, and he gave them a distorted identity, and we all know what happened,'' Pope Francis said.

The head of the Roman Catholic Church urged Europe to do more to integrate refugees. Otherwise the European Community may endanger the creation of new ghettos, like Molenbeek municipality in Brussels, populated mainly by immigrants from African countries.

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''Each country has the right to control its borders, who comes and who goes, and those countries at risk - from terrorism or such things - have even more the right to control them more, but no country has the right to deprive its citizens of the possibility to talk with their neighbors,'' Pope Francis said.
 
 
 
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