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Nationalists burn flares during a march to mark Poland’s Independence Day in Warsaw. Nationalists burn flares during a march to mark Poland’s Independence Day, Warsaw, Nov. 11, 2017 (AP photo by Czarek Sokolowski). The march suggests Poland is at risk of becoming the European capital of xenophobia.

Is Poland Becoming the European Capital of Xenophobia?

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

An annual march on Poland’s Independence Day has become a magnet for ultranationalists from across Europe. In 2017, the march drew 60,000 neo-fascists into the streets. If a major European country becomes a hub of far-right radicalism and xenophobia, the ramifications for Europe and the West would be damaging.

On Nov. 11, the anniversary of the end of World War I, Poland celebrates its national Independence Day. This year, the most popular of the many events held that day took on a shocking tone, capturing the world’s attention and raising a sense of alarm. ...

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