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The Right divide along the Danube

Merkel stands against strident nationalists; respectable Austria is more relaxed

In September’s German elections, the centre-right made clear its opposition to the far-right, as Angela Merkel’s campaign celebrated Germany as a liberal, tolerant nation welcoming of outsiders. Next door in Austria, which goes to the polls in October, the centre-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), led by 31-year-old foreign minister Sebastian Kurz, is following a different path, aping the language and policies of the far-right Freedom Party—which was founded by former Nazis after the Second World War—and even considering joining them in coalition.

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In Prospect’s November issue: Joris Luyendijk and Stuart Ward try to uncover the way Britain is perceived by Europe and the rest of the world. Luyendijk—who lived in Britain for six years before recently moving back to his native Netherlands—explains that the Brexit vote has shown Europe that Britain needs time alone to find its identity again, while Ward—a native Australian—argues that its Britain’s imperial backstory that stops it from truly understanding what the world thinks of it. Elsewhere in the issue Jeffrey Lewis argues that US foreign policy has helped North Korea develop the nuclear bomb and we explore the effect that the Palestinian museum near Ramallah is having on the creation of a national identity. Also in this issue: Sameer Rahim profiles Armando Iannucci, Joseph Stiglitz on Britain’s tricky political situation.