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Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Tuesday, October 15, 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: "The European elections take place in May 2014 and you don't have to be a prophet to predict that there will be one big winner: right-wing populism. Several factors point to this: the success of the FPÖ in Austria, the rise of the anti-EU Ukip party in the UK and also to a certain extent the hopes that the German party 'Alternative für Deutschland', which only just failed to get into the Bundestag, associates with this vote. ... Modern right-wing populism has become more flexible, overcome a certain cultural guilelessness, and is making use of modern media and methods. So in this light the fact that the Front National is more successful under the more moderate leadership of Le Pen's daughter Marine than under her rustic and reactionary father Jean-Marie is hardly surprising. But above all the criticism of the mistakes in the construction of the euro and the EU have provided populism with a vehicle that has given it access to the social centre."

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