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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 05:33 AM


The rise of Europe's far-right voices

In the face of continued economic uncertainty, many European voters have increasingly rallied behind far-right nationalist ideas. Much of the ideological foundation rests on proud re-assertion of Western and Christian values that prioritise tradition and peoplehood.

Although crude racism has somewhat made way for more subtle emphasis on cultural integration, intolerance towards minority groups often dominates the increasingly sophisticated message. Geert Wilders in the Netherlands and Marine Le Pen in France are among Western Europe's most widely recognised faces from this political tendency. In Greece, Golden Dawn has demonstrated a violent streak in the throngs of an austerity crisis.

In Italy...Berlusconi's People of Freedom Party is running in alliance with the far-right Lega Nord in the February 24 elections, and hopes to beat outgoing technocratic PM Mario Monti's centrist bloc...Populist parties well to the right of the political spectrum hold about one-quarter of national parliamentary seats in Switzerland and in Norway, where Anders Behring Breivik's anti-multiculturalism crusade resulted in 77 deaths. Eastern Europe's far-right parties - in contrast to their western counterparts' focus on immigration - concentrate largely on Roma, Jews and other ethnic minority groups.

Explore what far-right means in Europe today by hovering over countries in the map or browsing through the chart below...


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JustAnotherGen Feb 2013 #1
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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 07:01 AM

1. I think

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The Al Jazeera app left out one significant religious group AND region . . . Muslims should be with Jews. North Africans in front of the Roma. And don't discount how Western Europeans sometime look down their noses at Eastern Europeans.

Why would Al Jazeera ignore the disgusting meme floating around Europe about "Eurabia".
How can it ignore the rising abject racism against brown people. I'm using "brown" for a reason. There are Algerians and Tunisians in France that are as dark as me with my hair texture.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 08:31 AM

2. I am also surprised they mentioned Jews but left out Muslims.

I am in europe right now. They must have forgotten it from the article while editing, because it seems clear that the most-complained-about groups in europe are Roma (gypsies) and Muslims.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 09:01 AM

3. "Far-right principles: Anti-immigration, Euroscepticism, nationalism"

Golden Dawn (Greece): Halt all immigration. Promoting the slogan "Greece for the Greeks". Install bombs at borders to keep illegal immigrants out - Don't let tea partiers hear about this idea.

Northern League (Italy): Supports immigration from non-Muslim countries to promote the Christianity. - LN is one of Berlusconi's coalition partners and helped him win the most seats in the Senate in yesterday's election.

National Front (France): ... xenophobia is still one of the FN's trademarks. During a recent visit to the US, Le Pen met with Tea Party Republican Congressman Joe Walsh and with Ron Paul ... - Thankfully the FN lost last year's election to the Socialist Party.

Nationalism is the common thread uniting far-right groups. Being anti-immigrant, anti-EU (or anti-UN and other international organizations that limit national 'sovereignty') are a product of their nationalism.

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