Obama warns against ‘crude’ nationalism


ATHENS: US President Barack Obama issued a warning against “crude” nationalism as he kicked off his last foreign tour on Tuesday with allied nations on edge after Donald Trump’s shock election win. Speaking in Greece, Obama called the NATO alliance “absolutely vital” to US interests and stressed a strong, unified Europe was good for America, in comments directed at nations jittery over Trump’s campaign comments about transatlantic ties. After a year of populist shocks, from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union to Trump’s surprise win last week and the rise of anti-migrant movements in Europe, Obama cautioned against succumbing to divisive instincts. “We are going to have to guard against a rise in a crude sort of nationalism or ethnic identity or tribalism that is built around an ‘us’ and a ‘them’,” Obama said in Athens.



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