Former US vice-president compares situation with 1930s as migration convulses politics

The former US vice-president Joe Biden has accused “demagogues and charlatans” of stirring up voters’ fears just as they did in the 1930s, as the issue of migration convulses politics on both sides of the Atlantic.

Biden, seen as a potential Democratic party candidate against Donald Trump in 2020, did not mention the US president by name but linked his anti-immigrant drive and that of European populists and the far right with pre-war fascists who were willing to create scapegoats to retain their grip on power.

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