April 17, 2024

Look for angry populist politics after Korean unification

Expect rising tide of resentment in unified society after initial euphoria wears off

What can the coming general election in the UK tell us about the prospects for Korean unification? More than you might expect.

UKIP – the United Kingdom Independence Party for non-Brits – is on the rise. It is not the only anti-establishment, anti-EU force in Europe to see its fortunes improve dramatically; whether it be the National Front in France, the Swedish Democrats, the far-rightists who have entered government in Hungary, or the ubiquitous specter of radical leftist Greek forces (commonly known as Syriza) now in power in Athens and haunting the dreams of EU commissioners and European Central Bank officials, there is something going on in Europe that many are talking about with considerable apprehension.

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