In the past, demolishing the dictator's residences created a void exploited by Nazi sympathizers.
Radical right populists are on the brink of power in Austria and making gains across the region. And the European leaders who once were willing to publicly condemn them are silent now.
This year's presidential campaign was dominated by panic over a far-right surge – but its real meaning is somewhat different.
The notorious Freedom Party is on the march again, and the country's moderates are crumbling in its path.
The far-right Front National leads after the first round of voting, leaving Hollande and Sarkozy with some thinking to do.
When they vote October 25 in parliamentary elections, Poles will be taking a dangerous step into the unknown, and the rest of Europe may not be far behind.