The Specter of Fascism Returns To Haunt Europe

Adebayo Adeniran
4 min readApr 11, 2022

And why we should all be concerned.

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Europe is seriously coming apart.

Far more than any other part of the world, Europe is going through something of an identity crisis, which is almost likely to have profound global ramifications.

When you think of the fact that the last century ended the way it began — with war and genocide — then you start to realize that this particular continent, more than anywhere else, is on the brink of another seismic shift in the twenty-first century.

And what exactly might this be?


For a brief period in the aftermath of the second world war, it seemed that the continent which gave the world philosophy, socialism, free market capitalism had awoken to the damage that it had wrought on the rest of the globe and seriously sought to make amends; Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer created the EU, thus setting the template for greater integration among member states and the reduced possibility of military conflicts.

But this counted for very little when a number of countries in Eastern Europe began to engage in conflict in the 1990s. These wars led to the balkanization of the nation states which came into being at the end of the first world war in 1918 and America, once again, was forced to intervene, when it ousted Slobodan Milosevic from power and helped birth a new nation state.

But I must state that the events of the late 1990s was only a dress rehearsal for what was to come in the new millennium.

Major European nations have been battling the surge of fascism for the last twenty-two years.

Britain, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy and Spain have all been grappling with the rise of the far right in one way or another.

In Britain, the vote to leave the European Union was partly successful due to the outsize influence of the far right United Kingdom Independence party, on mainstream British politicians. The naked appeal of Nigel Farrage, Boris Johnson to the base instincts of the closet racialists in my birth country proved quite successful in getting the Brexit vote, in 2016.

Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible