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Bitter awakening for the EU / Growing trend of populism

2023-11-27 07:51:00, Kosova & Bota CNA

Bitter awakening for the EU / Growing trend of populism

The victory of right-wing populist Geert Wilders has sent shockwaves across Europe, casting a shadow over next year's European elections.

Could Eurosceptic and right-wing populist parties become even more powerful in the next European Parliament? For European politicians in Brussels, the victory last week of right-wing populist Geert Wilders in the Netherlands is a wake-up call. With concern for the consequences of the election of the Dutch populist, Wilders in the European elections next year, the German liberal politician, FDP and the chairman of the Bundestag's defense committee, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, expressed.

She calls "GeertWilders a serious danger for a Europe open to the world, which makes it clear to us that the European elections risk turning into protest elections of extreme voters, but also that the topic of uncontrolled migration is rightly preoccupying people." According to Zimmermann, all the democrats should unite to solve this problem "together and quickly", in order to prevent the growth of those small parties that want to enter the EU to destroy it from within.

The head of the parliamentary group of the European People's Parties, Manfred Weber, said that whoever will fight the radicals and extremists must listen to the people, take them seriously and solve their problems. According to Weber "if EU states do not get the migration crisis under control, Wilders and others like him will rise." He criticized the statements of the Dutchman Frans Timmermass, vice-president of the EC, who expressed shock after Wilders' victory. According to Weber, whoever insults women voters as anti-democrats, as Frans Timmermans does, he deepens the division in society.

Hartleb: Right-wing populists in European trend

For Florian Hartleb, director of the European Research Institute for Combating Terrorism and Conflicts in Vienna, EICTP, it is not new that the European elections are protest elections, the question is whether it is possible to start counter-projects to right-wing populism. We need a strong Europe in times of great shocks to the world order. There are many opportunities for action here for politicians from other parties to raise their voices. According to Hartleb "it is a European trend, because the decisive topic and this should concern us is the unresolved migration policy... this is an alarm bell for us, the topic of migration, it must be resolved" he said to German radio, ed .

The vice-president of the European Parliament, and nominated candidate of the SPD, Katarina Barley sees the normalization of the phenomenon of right-wing nationalists in Europe as a point of concern. "We have to learn that politics fueled by hatred and exclusion must never be normalized," Barley told the Rheinische Post.

Cheers to the populists

Right-wing populist parties in Europe that immediately congratulated Wilders are in euphoria at the moment. At the congress of Germany's right-wing populist party AfD in Magdeburg, it was made clear that "no one can ignore us in the European Parliament anymore". In Germany, this party has been showing significant growth in the polls for weeks. Even in Sweden and Finland, the right-wing populist parties are coalition partners in government with the Christian Democrats. In Italy even at the head of the government is a Giorgia Meloni from a post-fascist party, Frattelli d'Italia.

The rise of right-wing populist parties has been at the center of media debates over the past week. With concern in an analysis of the Spanish newspaper "El Pais" on Friday it is noted that the consequences of Wilders' victory will be felt next year.

"Europe is slipping towards right-wing extremism. In many governments that are currently led or co-led by parties that focus on fear, intolerance, aversion to foreigners, such as in Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Italy, victory is now added of the Freedom Party...

Its leader Geer Wilders is anti-European and anti-sovereignist, an enemy of migration and Islam and a climate change denier. So the embodiment of the extreme right ideology in Europe. "The rise of the ultra-right in Europe will undoubtedly have an impact on the European elections in June," analyzes "El Pais"./ DW

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