EAPC, the European Association of Political Consultants, condemns this unprecedented action by a radical right-wing militant group which was also incited to act by an outgoing president, in the strongest possible terms.
This act shows where a policy leads that is permanently fueled by lies and agitation, and that breaks, questions and undermines all the rules of the game that has been respected by all sides for decades.
We, as European political consultants and advisors, share concern, our horror and our firm rejection of these practices with our US-American colleagues. That democracy is ultimately capable of defending its values convincingly was demonstrated by the smooth certification of the election results right after these devastating hours for democracy.
As is always the case with such painful events, the question is not only who is to blame, but especially about the cause. The quality of democracy has declined dramatically around the world in recent decades.
The deliberate spreading of lies and false reports, the permanent playing off of groups “we and the others”, agitation, the war of words, the loss of mutual respect, and the exclusion of groups with different opinions, has also led to a division of society in numerous European countries.