QUOTE OF THE DAY: Francis Fukuyama on Putin and Europe’s far right

by , under Migrant Tales

In an interview with the Washington Post, political scientist Francis Fukuyama, who authored The End of History and the Last Man (1992), gives his views on the Ukraine War and what it may imply for Russia and Vladimir Putin.

He argues that the rise of far-right parties in Europe and Donald Trump in the United States have received fuel from Putin. He mentioned a few of these politicians but leaves out Jussi Halla-aho and the Perussuomalaiset* party.

Francis Fukuyama: “I think Putin represents something very sinister in the minds of many people in the West.

A lot of people in Western democracies see that in their country, there’s a rightwing nationalist politician that is either supporting Putin or acts a lot like Putin. Matteo Salvini in Italy; Éric Zemmour, Marine Le Pen in France; Viktor Orban in Hungary. And Donald Trump.

So I do think there is a kind of awareness of more liberal-minded people that this alternative also exists in their country.”