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Voters turn against the populist right

Posted by hkarner - 5. Oktober 2019

Date: 03-10-2019
Source: The Economist

After a series of reverses, they are down, but certainly not out

Look back a year, and remember how disquieting European politics seemed. Matteo Salvini, by far the most popular politician in Italy, and France’s equally xenophobic Marine Le Pen had just teamed up with Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s former strategist, as part of what Mr Bannon called The Movement. This alliance of nativist parties of the right, soon to acquire a “gladiator school” based in a monastery near Rome, intended to sweep the forthcoming European elections and tilt the continent’s politics firmly away from the liberal centre ground. They had their difficulties, of course. The Eurosceptic and anti-migrant Alternative for Germany (afd) decided to steer clear of Mr Bannon, and other right-wingers were wary too. But, with or without the American Svengali, populists seemed in the ascendant. In France the gilets jaunes (yellow jackets), who drew support from the radical right and left, were about to explode onto the streets. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The EU’s New Headache: Skeptics Are Poised to Gain Power From Within

Posted by hkarner - 24. Mai 2019

Date: 23-05-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Burned by Brexit debacle, populist parties vie in European parliamentary elections to undermine the union without leaving it

As the U.K. stumbles on its way out of the European Union, a potentially greater disruption for the bloc is crystallizing: Other EU-skeptic movements want to stay in the EU and fight it from within.

This week’s elections to the European Parliament are expected to confirm such parties’ rising strength inside EU institutions, heralding an age in which Europe’s political establishment must find ways to cohabit with unruly rebels. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Europe’s hard-right is pitching voters a contradictory fantasy

Posted by hkarner - 21. Mai 2019

Date: 20-05-2019
Source: The Economist: Charlemagne’s notebook

“A Europe of nations” is an ideological muddle disguising unacknowledged trade-offs

EUROPE’S right-wing populists will take votes off an array of mainstream rivals at next weekend’s election to the European Parliament. But what exactly do they want? To that, the nationalists provided answers of sorts at their big end-of-campaign rally in Milan’s Piazza del Duomo today. Under sporadic rain showers in the shadow of the city’s cathedral, right-populist leaders from eleven EU countries demanded a “revolution” to overthrow the existing order in Brussels and build a “Europe of nations”. They were confident. They were loud. They reaped the applause of thousands of supporters of Italy’s hard-right Lega, the host party, gathered in the square waving giant flags in the drizzle.

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They were also incoherent to the point of parody. Europe’s hard right is going through something of a transformation. Time was, these people straightforwardly disliked the EU and often wanted to pull their member states out of it. But support for the union among voters has risen, common threats loom larger and Britain has made a terrible mess of Brexit, putting off would-be copycats. Meanwhile rising anti-establishment and anti-migrant sentiments in much of Europe have blurred the boundaries between the nationalists and the mainstream. A new, hybrid sort of European nationalist populism is emerging that attempts to be subtler than the old “yah boo to Europe” sort. Matteo Salvini, the League’s leader and Italy’s deputy prime minister, wants to organise a new group around this idea in the next European Parliament. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Austria and the Plot Against Europe

Posted by hkarner - 21. Mai 2019

Date: 20-05-2019
Source: by Charles Tannock

Charles Tannock is a member of the foreign affairs committee of the European Parliament. He is British citizen and member of the conservative party.

The collapse of Austria’s government has revealed how extensive Russian manipulation of Europe’s politics has become. The question every European democrat of the left, right, and center must now ask is whether the true scope and scale of the political, moral, and material corruption of Europe’s far-right parties has been exposed in time.

LONDON – Across Europe, the looming European Parliament elections have long been viewed as the biggest showdown yet between populism and Europe’s established democratic parties. The collapse of Austria’s government has now revealed just how high the stakes are. The question every European democrat of the left, right, and center must now ask themselves is whether the true scope and scale of the political, moral, and material corruption of Europe’s far-right parties, as revealed in Austria, have been discovered in time.

Austria has been ruled since 2017 by a coalition government comprising the Austrian Peoples’ Party (dubbed the Sebastian Kurz list, after the party leader and current chancellor) and the Freedom Party (FPÖ), founded by ex-SS officers in the 1950s. The release of a video by two of Germany’s leading news outlets, Der Spiegel and Süddeutsche Zeitung, has ruptured the coalition, and a new election has been called for this September. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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