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Right-wing populists on the rise

Anti-European and far-right parties have gained ground in recent elections in several countries. Will the populists benefit in the 2014 European elections from austerity dictates, economic hardship and the waning popularity of the traditional parties?

Blog euinside - Bulgaria | Monday, 24. November 2014

Eurosceptics raising their profile with scandals

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker must face a no-confidence vote in the EU Parliament on Thursday in the wake of the Luxembourg Leaks affair. Although none of the large parliamentary groups are behind the motion tabled by far-right groups, they must be more wary of the Eurosceptics, the online portal euinside warns: » more

Main focus of Friday, 21. November 2014

Ukip clinches second seat in parliament

The Eurosceptic Ukip party won a second seat in the British House of Commons on Thursday in a by-election in the southern English town of ... » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Friday, 21. November 2014

Voters are punishing London

The success of the right-wing populist Ukip in the southern English town of Rochester is in the view of the left-liberal daily The Guardian just as much a result of immoral protest votes as a failure on the part of the established parties: » more

Pravda - Slovakia | Friday, 21. November 2014

Migration is top topic in elections

The fact that the Eurosceptic Ukip won another parliamentary seat in a byelection in Rochester on Thursday doesn't surprise the left-leaning daily Pravda: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Friday, 21. November 2014

Cameron pushes party colleagues to desert

Ukip candidate Mark Reckless is already the second Tory MP to have defected to Ukip and secured re-election to a parliamentary seat. Prime Minister David Cameron triggered this trend himself with his anti-EU rhetoric, the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore criticises: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, 22. October 2014

Socially oriented policy is top priority now

In his farewell speech in Strasbourg on Tuesday, the parting EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso warned of the growth of nationalist populism in Europe. Unfortunately in the midst of the economic crisis he was unable to put forward a policy that could oppose that trend, the left-liberal daily Der Standard sighs, pinning its hopes on the new Commission president: » more

Libération - France | Monday, 29. September 2014

Victorious UMP must fear Front National

In the French senate election on Sunday, two representatives of the far-right Front National (FN) won seats in the French upper house for the first time. That should give the conservatives pause for thought, the left-liberal daily Libération believes: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Tuesday, 16. September 2014

Advance of the Eurosceptics continues

The success of the Sweden Democrats, like that of the Alternative for Germany party on the same day, shows that Eurosceptics continue to gain ground in Europe, the liberal daily Il Sole 24 Ore warns: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Tuesday, 16. September 2014

Inequality biggest challenge for Löfven

The new Swedish government led by the Social Democratic election winner Stefan Löfven must take action to balance out the growing inequality of recent years and create a fairer country, the left-liberal daily Der Standard's believes: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Tuesday, 16. September 2014

Moderate parties must join forces

All of Sweden's political camps must join forces to counteract the new strength of the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung urges: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 15. September 2014

Fear drives voters to Alternative for Germany

The Eurosceptical party Alternative for Germany (AfD) topped the ten percent mark in Sunday's elections to regional parliaments in the German states of Brandenburg and Thuringia off the cuff. Fear and anger on the part of voters was decisive for this success, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung comments: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 1. September 2014

AfD luring Saxony's right-wing conservatives

Sunday's the right-wing conservative Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has won parliamentary seats for the first time in state parliament elections in the German state of Saxony. Those who follow the AfD are travelling back in time to the old Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of 30 years ago, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung comments: » more

The Independent - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 29. July 2014

Cameron fishing in far-right waters

British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged on Tuesday to tighten the immigration laws, cut social benefits for immigrants and introduce an "immigration system that puts Britain first". The left-liberal daily The Independent sees this as a coldly calculated sharpening of his rhetoric: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 25. June 2014

Le Pen and Wilders fail to form a bloc

The French Front National and the Dutch PVV have failed to meet Tuesday's deadline for forming a far-right group in the European Parliament. That comes ... » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Wednesday, 25. June 2014

Take advantage of Le Pen's defeat

The fact that Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders have failed for the time being in their bid to form a group in the EU Parliament is good news and a chance for the moderate parties, the liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias believes: » more

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Wednesday, 25. June 2014

Wilders' Europe revolution has fizzled out

PVV chief Geert Wilders only has himself to blame for the failed bid to form a Eurosceptic bloc in the European Parliament, the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad comments, not without a touch of regret: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Wednesday, 25. June 2014

Incapable of cooperation

The liberal daily Sme is not at all surprised that the right-wing populists failed in their attempt to form a group in the European Parliament: » more

The Sunday Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 22. June 2014

Ukip benefits from London's powerlessness

The inability of the government to represent Britain's interests on the EU level will only strengthen the Eurosceptics in the UK, the conservative paper The Sunday Times fears: » more

El País - Spain | Tuesday, 27. May 2014

Juncker embodies the ancien régime

Despite the conservatives' victory the election of Jean-Claude Juncker to Commission President would be the wrong response to the election results, historian Timothy Garton Ash comments in the left-liberal daily El País: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Tuesday, 27. May 2014

Renzi must unite Europe

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's Social Democrats achieved a historic victory in Italy with 40.8 percent of the vote while the populist parties suffered a crushing defeat. Nonetheless Renzi now faces a difficult task, the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore comments: » more

Basler Zeitung - Switzerland | Tuesday, 27. May 2014

A transnational peasant uprising

The election victory for the Eurosceptics resembles the peasant uprisings in 14th century France, the right-wing conservative daily Basler Zeitung writes, commenting that the protests ... » more

Jutarnji list - Croatia | Tuesday, 27. May 2014

Clear visions can stop far right

A revitalised left must put a stop to the rise of the far right in Europe, the liberal daily Jutarnji List writes, and points the way forward: » more

Radikal - Turkey | Tuesday, 27. May 2014

Shift to the right a threat for Europe's Muslims

The success of the right-wing populists leaves the liberal daily Radikal fearing for the safety of Europe's Muslims: » more

Main focus of Monday, 26. May 2014

European elections: triumph of the Eurosceptics

Despite a loss of votes the conservatives remain the strongest force in the EU Parliament, while right-wing populist and Eurosceptic parties made massive gains. Ukip ... » more

El Huffington Post - Spain | Monday, 26. May 2014

Old rules no longer valid

The results of the European election rock the very foundations of European politics, the chief editor of the left-liberal Huffington Post, Montserrat Domínguez, writes in her blog: » more

Libération - France | Monday, 26. May 2014

Front National virus spreading

The right-wing populist Front National outshone the traditional parties in France, winning almost 25 percent of the vote. For the left-liberal daily Libération, only a dialogue between politicians and citizens can renew people's belief in democracy: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 25. May 2014

Only Brexit can stop Ukip now

The Eurosceptic Ukip party won the European elections in the UK with around 29.5 percent of the vote. Now the other parties will only be able to beat Ukip by adopting its goals, columnist Melanie Phillips fears in the conservative daily The Times: » more

RTE News - Ireland | Tuesday, 20. May 2014

European elections: Blockade policy would help EU opponents

According to the latest surveys on the European elections, Eurosceptic parties may make major advances in several countries and secure additional seats in the European Parliament. But if the major parliamentary groups form an alliance to curb the influence of the populists, this strategy could backfire, columnist Tom Connelly warns on the blog of the Irish state broadcaster RTE: » more

Libération - France | Friday, 16. May 2014

François Sergent calls for a people's Europe

Brussels should slow the rise of the anti-European parties by making the EU more democratic and closer to the people, writes François Sergent, deputy editor of the left-liberal daily Libération: » more

Jutarnji list - Croatia | Thursday, 15. May 2014

Europe's far-right populists lack common ground

The Eurosceptic alliance of Dutch politician Geert Wilders, which hopes to gain the status of a group in the European Parliament, could fail as a result of unbridgeable gaps between the right-wing populist parties in Western and Eastern Europe, the liberal daily Jutarnji List believes: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 14. May 2014

Europe needs more left-wing populism

British Prime Minister David Cameron won't be able to stop the rise of the Eurosceptic Ukip party in the UK with his proposals for EU reform, the left-liberal daily The Guardian writes, recommending a different course: » more

El Periódico de Catalunya - Spain | Friday, 9. May 2014

European elections: Eurosceptics have achieved their goal

The campaign for the European elections begins today, Friday, in Spain. Regardless how many votes the Eurosceptic parties win, they have already achieved their main goal, the left-liberal daily El Periódico de Catalunya complains: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Friday, 9. May 2014

European elections: Wilders abandons all scruples

Jewish organisations in the Netherlands have harshly condemned Geert Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV), for joining forces with other right-wing populist parties in a European election alliance. He has thus broken the Dutch taboo against pursuing anti-Semitic policies, the organisations claim. The left-liberal daily De Volkskrant also sees an opportunistic reorientation: » more

Le Quotidien - Luxembourg | Monday, 28. April 2014

European elections: EU critics lead back to Middle Ages

The right-wing populist Ukip could well become the strongest British party in the European Parliament. To slow the rise of anti-European parties, the liberal daily Le Quotidien harks back to the beginnings of the EU: » more

Daily Mail - United Kingdom | Monday, 28. April 2014

European elections: Tirades won't stop Ukip

According to a poll put out on Sunday the Eurosceptic Ukip party is now the most popular in Britain, at 31 percent. In response, Health Minister Jeremy Hunt called the views of Ukip's candidates "disgusting" and "un-British". But that won't slow the party down, the conservative paper The Daily Mail contends: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 23. April 2014

Accusing Ukip of racism is counterproductive

EU election posters for the anti-European Ukip party claim that 26 million unemployed Europeans want nothing more than to steal jobs from the British. Media and political opponents have called the campaign racist. But that only helps Ukip, because most British people believe what the party is saying, political scientists Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin argue in the left-liberal daily The Guardian: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 15. April 2014

European elections: Putin's fifth column in the EU Parliament

The leader of the far right Front National, Marine Le Pen, visited Moscow for the second time in ten months on the weekend. If the results of Europe's right-wing parties in the European elections are as good as expected this will play right into Putin's hands, the conservative daily Lidové noviny comments: » more

Dnevnik - Slovenia | Tuesday, 8. April 2014

Is Fidesz poised to swing to the right?

Hungary's right-wing conservative ruling party Fidesz won a clear victory in parliamentary elections on Sunday. But while Fidesz won around eight percentage points less of the vote than in 2010, the right-wing extremist Jobbik party increased its share by around four percentage points. The left-liberal daily Dnevnik asks how much to the right Fidesz will shift to lure voters away from Jobbik: » more

Dilema Veche - Romania | Tuesday, 8. April 2014

Avignon: Culture triumphs over Front National

In the French municipal elections at the end of March, the candidate of the far-right Front National failed in his bid to become mayor of Avignon. The head of the prominent theatre festival in the city, Olivier Py, helped prevent the victory by saying he'd try to relocate the festival if the FN won. The Romanian weekly Dilema Veche feels he made the right move: » more

Main focus of Monday, 7. April 2014

Clear victory for Orbán

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán won a clear victory in the parliamentary elections on Sunday. With almost all the votes counted his right-wing nationalist Fidesz ... » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, 7. April 2014

Jobbik is the true election winner

The clear victory for Fidesz comes as no surprise but the number of votes for the far-right Jobbik party is striking, the daily Tages-Anzeiger comments: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 6. April 2014

Ridicule not enough against Ukip

According to polls the leader of the Eurosceptic United Kingdom Independence Party (Ukip), Nigel Farage, won two TV debates hands down against the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg. The mainstream parties need to change their tactics in dealing with Ukip, the conservative daily the Financial Times writes: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, 2. April 2014

Lega Nord exploiting anti-euro mood

Italy's right-wing populist Lega Nord party has redesigned its logo in anticipation of the European elections. The term "Padania", which describes the Po Valley, has been replaced with the slogan "No Euro". The party is jumping on the anti-Europe train in a bid to avert its impending demise, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera concludes: » more

ABC - Spain | Monday, 31. March 2014

A lesson for the Socialists

Above all Hollande's indecision in the fight against the economic crisis has disappointed the Socialists' voter base and strengthened the far right, the conservative daily ABC is convinced: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Monday, 31. March 2014

Front National's success shouldn't be overrated

The Front National's success in France's mayoral elections shouldn't be overrated, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung believes: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 31. March 2014

Fresh impetus for EU opponents

Front National leader Marine Le Pen paradoxically also cooperates with separatist movements at the European level, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera observes: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Thursday, 27. March 2014

France's thinkers silent on Le Pen

The triumph of Marine Le Pen's far-right Front National in the municipal elections in France has unsettled all Europe. Only the French intellectuals are not too worried, the liberal daily La Stampa comments mockingly: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Friday, 21. March 2014

Tolerance allows Wilders' hate speeches

The right-wing populist Geert Wilders triggered a wave of indignation in the Netherlands with a hate speech against Moroccans he made at a party after local elections on Wednesday. Writing in the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant, columnist Sheila Sitalsing blames such incidents on years of passivity among politicians: » more

Libération - France | Friday, 21. March 2014

Voter abstention benefits Front National

The French will elect new mayors in 36,000 municipalities across the country on Sunday. According to the most recent polls, over 40 percent of voters will stay away from the ballot boxes. But non-voters play into the hands of the Front National, the left-liberal daily Libération warns: » more

Népszava - Hungary | Wednesday, 19. February 2014

Euroscepticism a threat to modern Hungary

In the tenth year of Hungary's membership of the EU, Euroscepticism is still gaining ground in the right-wing conservative ruling camp, the left-leaning daily Népszava comments, and warns of the consequences: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Tuesday, 11. February 2014

Swiss referendum opens up dangerous path

The Swiss vote in favour of the "Against Mass Immigration" initiative will pave the way for more xenophobia and nationalism in Europe, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica warns: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Friday, 7. February 2014

Wilders leading the Dutch to euro-free bliss

Dutch right-wing populist Geert Wilders presented a study on Thursday according to which his country would benefit from exiting the EU. Wilders is going to turn the Netherlands into a paradise, columnist Sheila Sitalsing jokes in the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: » more

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Wednesday, 8. January 2014

Wilders can dominate European elections

In its current cover story, the British business magazine The Economist compares Europe's right-wing populist parties, including Dutch politician Geert Wilders' PVV, with the US Tea Party. A lame comparison, columnist Rene Moerland writes in the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad: » more

The Economist - United Kingdom | Saturday, 4. January 2014

What the Tea Party teaches Europe

Only with good arguments will Europe's mainstream parties manage to stop the rise of the populists, the liberal business weekly The Economist writes: » more

The Irish Times - Ireland | Sunday, 15. December 2013

Paul Gillespie on how to deal with populists

Europe's established parties must do more to counter populist and anti-EU forces if they want to prevent their rise to power, columnist Paul Gillespie urges in the left-liberal daily The Irish Times: » more

La Libre Belgique - Belgium | Monday, 9. December 2013

Advance social Europe

After a meeting on Monday at which the EU labour ministers agreed on measures to prevent wage dumping, the conservative daily La Libre Belgique writes that Europe is in urgent need of common social legislation: » more

El País - Spain | Monday, 9. December 2013

Elections turn Europeans against Europeans

The British government wants to continue restricting the free movement of workers from Bulgaria and Romania, which is supposed to apply as of January 1, 2014. With such steps Europe is shooting itself in the foot, the left-liberal daily El País comments: » more

Blog EUROPP - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 3. December 2013

EU populists could taint mainstream parties

Populist and Eurosceptic parties are set to win additional seats in the European elections in May 2014, according to recent polls. But the acid test will be whether the mainstream parties change their policies as a result, EU experts Yves Bertoncini and Valentin Kreilinger write on the blog EUROPP of the London School of Economics: » more

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Sunday, 17. November 2013

Cash injection for Ukip weakens Eurosceptics

The British businessman and EU sceptic Paul Sykes announced on the weekend that he would provide massive financial support to the right-wing populist Ukip party to ensure that it triumphs in the upcoming elections to the European Parliament. But the move could do more harm than good to British Eurosceptics, the conservative newspaper The Daily Telegraph writes: » more

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Thursday, 14. November 2013

Dissenters also belong in European Parliament

Alliances such as that between the right-wing populists Marine Le Pen from France and Geert Wilders from the Netherlands are a normal feature of democratic systems, the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad argues: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 14. November 2013

EU opponents forge an alliance

The right-wing populists Marine Le Pen from France and Geert Wilders from the Netherlands announced on Wednesday in the Hague that they would forge an ... » more

Deutschlandfunk - Germany | Thursday, 14. November 2013

Explaining EU helps fight pied pipers

The new right-wing alliance is nothing to panic about, but to reduce the risk it poses EU advocates must bring Europe closer to its citizens, the public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk reasons: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Thursday, 14. November 2013

The fight for Europe has begun

Marine Le Pen's much publicised visit to The Hague has kicked off the campaign for the European Parliament elections, comments the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Thursday, 14. November 2013

Don't underestimate right-wing nationalists

Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen share a dangerous aptitude for politics, the liberal daily Sme writes: » more

Joop - Netherlands | Monday, 11. November 2013

Don't give anti-EU parties any leeway

The leader of the Front National in France, Marine Le Pen, and the Dutch right-wing populist Geert Wilders are to hold a joint press conference on Tuesday at which they will explain their plans for the 2014 European elections. The anti-Europeans are joining forces, EU correspondent Paul Sneijder warns on the online platform » more

Le Point - France | Thursday, 7. November 2013

Paranoid Le Pen shows her true face

Four French hostages were released in Niger last week after spending three years in the Sahara in the hands of the terror organisation Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Marine Le Pen, head of the extreme-right Front National, commented first of all on the long beards of the returned hostages. With these words she has shown her own cards, philosopher and commentator Bernard-Henri Lévy writes in the liberal-conservative weekly magazine Le Point: » more

Veidas - Lithuania | Wednesday, 6. November 2013

Laurynas Kasčiūnas on the causes of Europe's right-wing populism

In the run-up to next year's European elections the right-wing populist parties are gaining traction in many European countries, with polls predicting that they will win a substantial proportion of the vote. Political analyst Laurynas Kasčiūnas examines the reasons behind the rise of radicalism: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 6. November 2013

Martin Kettle sees no dangerous shift to the right in Europe

Voter support for right-wing populist parties has risen in several EU states recently. However there is no sign of a dangerous pan-European shift to the right, writes columnist Martin Kettle in the left-liberal daily The Guardian: » more

El País - Spain | Tuesday, 29. October 2013

Xenophobia from the heart of Europe

The British government has presented a new immigration law foreseeing a series of tougher measures against irregular immigration, which is to go into force in the spring of 2014. Xenophobia is becoming acceptable in Europe, the left-liberal daily El País fears: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Monday, 21. October 2013

Jan-Werner Müller warns of a European Tea Party scenario

Right-wing populist parties like the French Front National could be the big winners of the European elections next year, according to opinion polls. In such a case Europe would face a political paralysis similar to that of the US in the budget dispute, political analyst Jan-Werner Müller warns in the left-liberal daily The Guardian: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 21. October 2013

Massimo Nava distinguishes between self-determination and populism

The people's desire for self-determination and the defence of national interests must not be carelessly brushed off as populism, writes the Paris correspondent for the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera, Massimo Nava: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Friday, 18. October 2013

Jean-Marie Colombani criticises hysteria over Front National

Instead of spreading panic France's media and politicians should focus on the reasons for the success of Front National leader Marine Le Pen, the former editor of Le Monde Jean-Marie Colombani writes in the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more

Ta Nea - Greece | Thursday, 17. October 2013

Greece stands up to neo-Nazis

The Greek parliament voted by a large majority on Wednesday to lift the immunity of six MPs belonging to the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn. Finally Greece's parties are joining forces to fight against the extreme right, the left-liberal daily Ta Nea comments: » more

Le Monde - France | Thursday, 17. October 2013

The EU has too little power

Right-wing populists and opponents of the euro look set to have a strong showing in the European elections in May 2014, according to opinion polls. Europe is unpopular and not very successful because the nation states retain too much decision-making power, the left-liberal daily Le Monde comments: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 15. October 2013

Nationalism won't solve Europe's problems

Marine Le Pen, president of the French Front National, and the Dutch right-wing populist Geert Wilders plan to meet in The Hague in November to discuss cooperation in the 2014 European elections. The conservative daily The Times warns of an unholy alliance: » more

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Tuesday, 15. October 2013

Adroit right-wing populists exploit euro crisis

The right-wing populists in Europe have renewed themselves and are successfully exploiting the euro crisis for their own ends, the liberal daily Tagesspiegel concludes: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 14. October 2013

The Front National can still be stopped

Marine Le Pen's party can be stopped if the Conservatives and Socialists put up a joint fight against it, the conservative daily Financial Times writes: » more

Libération - France | Monday, 14. October 2013

Front National poison for France

The candidate of the far-right Front National party (FN) won the second round of the local elections in the southern French town of Brignoles on Sunday with 53.9 percent of the vote. The weak left is also to blame for the strength of the FN, the left-liberal daily Libération writes: » more

El País - Spain | Friday, 11. October 2013

Le Pen could spark rightward shift in Europe

The current strength of the French far right could set an example for other countries and increase the anti-European parties' share of the vote in the EU Parliament, the left-liberal daily El País fears: » more

Le Point - France | Friday, 11. October 2013

Only growth can stop the Front National

The Front National could become the strongest force in France in the 2014 European elections, current polls in the country show. The candidate of the far-right party received 46 percent of the vote in a local by-election in Southern France on Sunday. Strategies to curb the party's growth have failed, the liberal-conservative weekly Le Point regrets: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Friday, 11. October 2013

Euro foes menace European cohesion

The success of the French right-wing populists poses a serious threat to the EU, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica warns: » more

Handelsblatt - Germany | Wednesday, 9. October 2013

Right-wing populism threatens France

The far right Front National (FN) emerged as the strongest party by far in a by-election in the Brignoles constituency in southern France on Sunday. The hitherto unknown FN candidate won just over 40 percent of the vote and will run against the candidate of the conservative UMP in the runoff vote. In the hunt for votes France's moderate parties are resorting to the rhetoric of the far right, the liberal business daily Handelsblatt fears: » more

Newsweek Polska - Poland | Tuesday, 8. October 2013

Tomasz Lis compares Polish right with the Tea Party

The Republicans in the US and the largest right-wing party in Poland, the PiS, are both allowing ideological extremists to dominate them, the chief editor of weekly magazine Newsweek Polska, Tomasz Lis, warns after the Tea Party blocked the US budget: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Friday, 4. October 2013

Europe's nationalists united against Brussels

Several parliamentarians belonging to the right-wing populist PVV party led by Geert Wilders demonstratively wore buttons with the Dutch-nationalist Orange-white-blue flag in Parliament last week. This is more than a purely symbolic provocation, political analyst Meindert Fennema stresses in the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Tuesday, 1. October 2013

Right-wing ethos in Oslo's cabinet

Following the parliamentary election in September a minority government made up of conservatives and right-wing populists has taken office in Norway. Anders Breivik, who kiled 77 people in the Oslo and Utøya attacks, was also for a time a member of the right-wing populist Progress Party. The causes of the mass murder must not be ignored, the left-leaning daily taz demands: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Monday, 30. September 2013

Austrians again prey to right-wing populists

Austria's right-wing populist Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) gained 21.4 percent of the vote in Austria's parliamentary elections, boosting its share by 3.9 percentage points and reaffirming its position as the third-largest party. The liberal business daily Hospodárske noviny takes a critical stance: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Thursday, 26. September 2013

Fascist nightmare returns to Greece

Thousands of people have demonstrated against racism and right-wing extremism in numerous Greek cities in the last few days. The trigger for the protests was the violent death of a leftist rapper. Right-wing extremism is becoming a serious threat for Greek society, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera warns: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Monday, 23. September 2013

Take euro critics seriously

The eurosceptic Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party won 4.7 percent of the vote in the German elections, its first ever. This means that although it won't be sitting in parliament it will be able to influence Germany's EU policy, the liberal daily La Stampa comments: » more

Aftonbladet - Sweden | Tuesday, 10. September 2013

A dubious power changeover in Norway

The Norwegians voted out the red-red-green government of Jens Stoltenberg in Monday's parliamentary elections. A conservative alliance is now emerging as the most likely new coalition, in which right-wing populists will also have a place. A questionable prospect, the social democratic daily Aftonbladet writes: » more

Göteborgs-Posten - Sweden | Monday, 9. September 2013

No marriage with right-wing populists in Norway

As the Norwegians head to the polls today to elect a new parliament, everything points to a change of government in favour of the conservative coalition under Erna Solberg of the Høyre party. The liberal daily Göteborgs-Posten laments that by the looks of things the right-wing populist Fremskrittspartiet will be part of the coalition: » more


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