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A Burning Question : Explaining the Rise of Racist and Extreme Right Violence in Western Europe

  title={A Burning Question : Explaining the Rise of Racist and Extreme Right Violence in Western Europe},
  author={Ruud Kooprnans and Ruud Koopmans},
This paper investigates the causes of the recent rise in extreme right and racist violence in Western Europe. In the first part, the available data on extreme right and racist violence in eight Western European countries-and Norway-are discussed. Contrary to the image presented in the media, Germany is no "Sonderfall" as regards the level of violence. Germany belongs to the countries with the highest levels of violence, but Switzerland and Great Britain are roughly comparable in this regard… Expand

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