In a crisis-swept Europe, where strict policies seem to gather all governments in a path already traced by rating agencies and addicted to a phantom post-ideology where numbers govern, there are few fields in which politics he can still wallow in the media hunt of souls that we still continue to call democracy.
Security and immigration are the topics. You love the votes.
The process is not new, indeed more or less since the nineties, these issues are arrogant in the political debate, increasingly grinding election ground for election.
And with the debate the words: foreigner, delinquent, clandestine, immigration, irregular, illegality, nationality and citizenship.
If the accent has so far been set on negative conceptions in a mixture of meaning where immigration and insecurity become synonymous, to the integration perched in defensive positions, only the whispers remained.
The attacks are repeated on a regular basis and a new thrust these days comes from France.
It is a heavy blow because it affects what can be called the key to integration, the main theme, the one to which it is necessary to hope.
Citizenship. For now, aggression is "only" in words, but these are also important.
It also worries where, France, one of the heads of Europe, home of the modern concept of citizenship (Locke, Rousseau and Montesquieu and the declaration of human rights and of the citizen 1789) and the only European country adopting the ius soli from the distant sixteenth century.
New theories on the horizon but that stink of old thirties anathemas updated to Europe 2010.
In a press conference following the clashes of Grenoble in mid-July, Nicholas Sarkozy theorizes to remove citizenship from foreigners who commit crimes.
In the viewfinder, the president puts the whole French community of foreign origins (in theory also himself). "We cannot hesitate to review the reasons that can lead to the loss of French nationality" assuming that the acquisition of nationality is no longer a right for minors born in France to foreign parents and thundering "Nationality must be deserved. We must show ourselves worthy of it. When you pull yourself against a law enforcement officer, you are no longer worthy of being French. " The thought of revoking the acquired nationality is not entirely a novelty in France, only a pity that initiatives of this type are small outrages to two principles considered inviolable by the Liberation, that is, the right to nationality and the refusal of any distinction between French 'of origin' and those who have recently acquired nationality.
Strong phrases, with a slightly racist flavor, thrown on the belly of discouraged voters who are beginning to become the practice in several European countries.
If the continent's social temperature is constantly rising it is not said that bitter medicines of repression and "struggle without immigration" are healing.
Perhaps we are only in the presence of a poison already experienced.
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