What is behind the COVID protests across Europe? 09.12.2021

Deutsche Welle | Dec 9, 2021 at 1:00 AM
  • As the number of COVID-19 cases rises across the European Union, many member states are implementing stricter rules to curb the pandemic.
  • On German public broadcaster ZDF, political science professor Marc Hooghe at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium compared the demonstrations in Belgium with France’s ‘yellow vest’ movement, seeing a “combination of very different social groups which all have their own motivations.”
  • There are also huge differences even within countries: According to a University of Basel study the roots of the protests in southwest Germany are in the left-wing alternative movement, whereas in east Germany, the demonstrators often are members of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD).