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LONDON — SOLDIERS putting up miles of razor cable fencing to help keep away refugees. a mom and child stuck in a field of mud. a vehicle parked on the highway between Budapest and Vienna containing the decomposing figures of 71 refugees.

The scenes over current days through the eastern boundaries of European countries have actually produced horror and revulsion. “Have Eastern Europeans no feeling of pity?” asked the Polish-American historian Jan Gross. Another historian, the German-born Jan-Werner Mьller, demanded that the European Union “ostracize” Hungary, “a country no further observing its values,” by cutting down funding and suspending its voting liberties.

For most, Eastern Europeans’ lack of generosity toward refugees reflects, when you look at the words of 1 Guardian columnist, a simple “political and social gap” that divides the Continent. Read more »