The Far Right in Europe (II)
Written by Alfonso Elizondo
In addition to Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigrant utterances are those of the British Nigel Farage of the UKIP, who said that many immigrants are forced into a life of crime, which is why he believes that Britain, whose doors are open to all Romanian citizens, should not be in political contact with Romania. Almost all these parties are anti-European and advocate abandoning the euro and a return to national currencies.
The Danish politician, Dahl, like other far-right leaders, sees the Muslim religion and foreigners as enemies. His ideological bases are the monarchy, the church and the family. And they think that their country should not remain in the European Union.
All these parties are homophobic because, as Marine Le Pen said, “marriage is reserved for a woman and a man. That is how our societies were built and how balance has been preserved in our civilization.”
For its part, the far-right group, Congress of the New Right, is already the third political force in Poland. And its leader, Korwin-Mikke, says women should not have the right to vote because they are less intelligent than men.
Then there are countries where the far right won between 10 and 20% of the votes: in Holland the Party for Freedom (PVV) of Geert Wilders earned 13.2% of the votes and 4 seats in the European Parliament. In his country he has 15 out of 150 seats in the European Parliament.
In Hungary on May 25 Jobbik (Movement for a Better Hungary) obtained 14.68% of the votes and 3 seats. Its leader, Gabor Vona, earned 27.7% of the votes in the 2014 elections.
In Russia, Vladimir Zhirinovsky’s Liberal Democratic Party had 12.5% in 2011 with 56 out of 450 seats. The Democrats in Sweden garnered 9.79% of the votes in the European Parliament on May 25, 2014 and this year they managed to get 13 %.
In Norway, the Progress Party (FrP) of Siv Jensen won 16% of the votes of the electorate in 2013 and got 29 out of 169 seats. And in Finland they earned 12.9% with 2 seats.
Finally, a third group consists of countries where the far-right did not exceed 10% of the votes in the last elections, such as Greece, Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria, Romania and Germany.
Addendum: There is no doubt that the far-right in Europe is on a winning path and will soon control the political life of much of the West.