21 May 2012 /TAHA AKYOL
The rise of far-left and, more importantly, of far-right politics in Europe has led to the weakening of center-right and center-left politics, which are the anchors of the parliamentary system.
The Achilles’ heels of parliamentary systems are the polarization of politics towards the far right and the far left and the emergence of unstable coalitions. It is called immobilism in political science. And isn’t this why Hitler came to power in 1930 when the Weimar regime, which had a multi-party parliament, could not solve the economic crisis? For now, the Hitlers in Europe are far smaller and less dangerous; yet as long as immobilism and solutionlessness go on, Europe’s problems with the economic crisis and the rise in racism will become even more critical. And we should stand strong in the middle of these. What I suggest is that we should go on with a parliamentary system. But no matter what system we adopt, true democracy can be maintained only if the center-right and center-left politics remain powerful.