Will 2017 be the start of the end or end of the beginning
By Ingemar Pongratz
This is my first blog entry in 2017 so it will be more a general reflection. There have been a lot of news, for example there is a new president in the USA, the UK plans for Brexit are more clear, and a lot of scary news are floating around. It is certainly very difficult to try to predict what will happen next on the world stage and above all it is very difficult to predict how all the big news from the world will translate to a more personal and family level.
So if the leaders are concerned because there is a lot of uncertainty in the world of politics, well welcome to the club! We are very uncertain too at the family level!
It is rather strange at the same time to listen to the news. Apparently, according to our government everything is fine and they have the situation under control.
Well how very interesting. So if they know what will happen next and how they will solve the problems why don’t they come up with the news? Obviously, we are not that confident.
This is certainly a problem area. Lack of trust. If large parts of the population are not confident that there is a solution for problems and worse, if large part of the population feel that government is trying to hide something, this is a very good ground for populism. And we see the damage that populism can bring, for example in the USA or in the UK.
So what will happen next? The Austrian election was a ray of light where the extreme right wing candidate lost. But large parts of the population voted for him and they are still there.
What will happen in France? The extreme right is on the move in France as well? Will moderate views be able to repeat the example from Austria? Or was that just the exception?
And what will that translate to for us, as a family?
Again uncertainty, the concern that there is little control to manage and handle the future. Here is Sweden we also have the far right moving on, marching ahead and denying the tragedies of the past and shouting about race. How can they have missed the terrible European history? Really really scary.
Should we be hopeful?