Barack Obama warns of risks from ‘crude’ nationalism

US President Barack Obama waits for a meeting with US President at the Maximos Mansion on November 15 in Athens. (AFP)

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday warned against succumbing to “crude” nationalism in the aftermath of populist shocks in the Brexit referendum and the American vote, and with a wave of European elections looming.

“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 as he embarked on a farewell trip to Europe.

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