Fringe Parties Tilting Europe Left and Right

Stuart Braun, Washington Times, May 3, 2012

Elections across Europe this spring are giving former fringe political parties a boost, as voter anger in Greece, Germany and France translates into bigger gains for the far left and far right.

“What these populist extremists in the left and the right try to exploit is a lack of community, cohesion and [sense of] belonging in people,” said Henning Meyer, a political scientist at the London School of Economics.

“They try to address the disaffected, the people who feel desperate.”

Economic turmoil in Europe is bringing political upheaval in its wake, analysts say.

The significant turnout for Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front in the first round of the French presidential election April 22 has been read as a protest against French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s complicity in the ongoing eurozone sovereign debt crisis. Ms. Le Pen won about 18 percent on a platform of scrapping the euro currency and quashing “Islamization” in France.

Meanwhile, the anti-European Union far left won about 11 percent of the French vote.

In Greece, three extreme right-wing parties are predicted to win as much as 15 percent of the national vote Sunday as reaction to growing poverty and unemployment blamed on severe austerity measures imposed by the EU, analysts say.


Analysts say it is not clear whether the rise of these minor parties amounts to a long-term challenge to the political mainstream.

“[It’s] globalization, and the fact that people feel detached from what’s happening [politically and economically],” said Roman Gerodimos, a senior lecturer in international current affairs at Bournemouth University in Britain.

“They feel powerless, and when they feel powerless, they tend to rally for the extremist parties.”

The far right has made tremendous political gains in Switzerland and Austria in the past decade.


The far left and right also are affecting the campaigns of mainstream candidates.

Since the first round in the French presidential election, Mr. Sarkozy has tilted even more to the right to try to win over Ms. Le Pen‘s voters. Socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande said last week that he would not revoke France‘s law banning full-face veils worn by some Muslim women, long an issue for the right.


This could be bad news for the EU, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank. Those institutions want to be sure that any ruling coalition in Greece has the political support to comply with stringent loan requirements.


Meanwhile, the EU is worried that the success of minor parties is linked to rising anti-EU sentiment, according to European Commission spokesman Olivier Bailly.

Pro-EU forces are alarmed that this trend means more nationalism and protectionism, not a united Europe.


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  • Boereseun

    Pro-EU forces are alarmed that this trend means more nationalism and protectionism, not a united Europe.

    The EU has done nothing to unify Europe. It’s a bunch of ‘intellectuals’ deciding the fates of sovereign nations. It’s a slap in the face of a nation’s democracy. Europe needs its white nations to work together but that doesn’t mean they need to use the same currency or have a bunch of political crackpots holding a sword of Damocles over their collective heads. A single currency undermines economies and weakens their ability to protect themselves from global markets. 

    The EU also has highly unrealistic ideals of ‘human dignity’ and ‘human rights’. The EU bureaucrats have left countries paying huge sums of tax payers money to house and support millions of immigrants and refugees because if these countries did not, they would be guilty of human rights abuses. It’s a mockery of the ideals of sovereign nations who should have the absolute right to determine who comes in and who must stay out. 

    A nation needs to have its identity in tact. If that’s undermined and the nation’s identity nothing more than a collection of liberalistic ideals rather than concrete definitions of culture, ethnicity, common religion and a sense of belonging, the nation no longer exists. People in Europe are hopefully starting to understand this and fighting for their nations. It’s not about hate, it’s about who they are and their right to exist in THEIR country.

    The EU can take a hike!

    • KenelmDigby

      Hopefully, this present economic crisis, and the EU’s cack-handed handling of it, will destroy the EU.

  • Hunter Morrow

    Good. Tilt it far right. National Front, Jobbik, Golden Dawn and all those nationalist parties are great things.

  • loyalwhitebriton

    There will never be “unity” in Europe.
    National patriotisms run too deep, thankfully!
    The EU is nothing more than an excercise in international socialism
    Many of the intellectual elitist proponents of EU ‘solidarity’ dream of a ‘United states of Europe’ for no other reason than it is perceived that such a union will act as a ‘counterbalance’ to the United States of America.
    What is meant by a ‘counterbalance’ to the USA? 
    What is meant is that some left wing European superpower will eventually replace a US ‘capitalistic’  superpower. And that’s it!
    Personally, I don’t care about US capitalism. I care about Britain. And I want our sovereignty back!.
    I don’t want to be part of some Euro elitist, socialist, anti-capitalist, anti-American agenda.
    I only care about British sovereignty.

  • Pro-EU forces are alarmed that this trend means more nationalism and protectionism, not a united Europe.


    In related news, Colonel Sanders is worried about the spread of allergies to chicken.

  • Church_of_Jed

    These types of political and social trends never die away in times of economic stress. They grow and harden, and move toward something big and bloody, after which nothing is ever the same again.

    Let’s go with the Glen Beck theory: our elites want chaos and big bang, because they use it to consolidate power and neutralize competitors.

    Never forget, they print the money that pays the salaries of the cops, soldiers, and mercenaries, and the poll workers and ballot counters. They also print the money that finds its way into the pockets of the black bloc and anarchists, none of whom seem to have real jobs. Weird, isn’t it.

    And the print the money that pays of the mortgages of the dead beat Diversity who “integrated too White neighborhoods,” and they print the money that will bail out the student loans.

    It’s actually a wonder that the first party to ever get into power didn’t keep it forever. But we know Obama will figure a way to make sure there are no more swings.

  • StivD

    If there is a next big clash in Europe it looks like it could be between Far Left and Far Right parties first; mostly whites waging war or skirmishing.. again. If the Right gains the advantage, the next conflicts will have to be against Muslims. If the Left is the majority,  so long to Europe as you know it.

  • It’s good to see that the nationalist parties are doing well in Europe, though I don’t think their stand necessarily means being anti-EU. The EU has been a mixed bag but in some ways beneficial to the ethnic preservation of Europe. For example the unification of eastern with western Europe allowed the big European economies to fill there labor needs with workers from eastern Europe, and by extension Russia and Belarussia, instead of traditional sources like North Africa or Turkey.

    Germany has taken in so many eastern Europeans that it’s Turkish population has fallen drastically, pushed out of by competition from the eastern Europeans and encouraged (or forced) to return home. France, Belgium, Sweden and the Netherlands have both gone in this direction too- far more Moroccans and other North Africans leave than come in, and it’s since these countries are filling up with eastern Europeans (and also many Russians) rather than North Africans these days. Britain had been benefitting from Polish migrants, but most Polish workers and famiies are leaving with the British economy in such dreary state, and being replaced with South Asians and Caribbeans again. A shame, though they’re often going to Norway or Sweden rather than back to Poland.

    Too, I’m not sure if you can really call the nationalist parties “far-right,” this is just media-speak for “defending their countries and the interests of their traditional populations.” In most cases they support the safety net and broader societal protections, which is totally consistent with old-fashioned conservative support for a country’s homeland. It’s mainly the US Republicans and British Tories who are confused about the real meaning of conservatism, replacing traditional conservatism with false neoconservatism and the cheap labor-ism that there venal business lobby just loves, inviting in the big immigration and poorly thought-out economic policies that are damaging European-Americans more then helping us.

    • KenelmDigby

      You’ve got the EU entirely wrong.
      At its core it is anti-White.
      It is the EU that is the main force stopping racial discrimination and racial based expulsions and citizenship stripping (let’s not beat about the bush here, if Whites are to survive both will have to be done with absolutely no mercy or pity on White’s behalf), from occurring in the European states.
      God Damn the EU!

  • ageofknowledge

    Swing to the Right

  • KenelmDigby

    Because the people who run it are filth and trash.
    It’s as low and as simple as that.
    I was going to use some pithy, Anglo-Saxon expletives  to describe the eurocrats, but alas the moderator wouldn’t let me, and it would grieve me to cause offence to Amren readers, but I apologise only the power of  thousands of years of pent-up rage and contempt embodied in those words, can adequately express my hatred of the eurocrats.

  • JohnEngelman

    It is a lot easier to call someone an “extremist” than it is to explain how most people in first world countries benefit from third world immigration and global capitalism. If mainstream parties restricted immigration and imposed better regulations on finance these “fringe parties” would be as insignificant as the American Communist Party and the Progressive Labor Party. 

  • JackKrak

    “They try to address the disaffected, the people who feel desperate.”

    Typical. They always try to explain support for “extreme” parties on the left or right – but almost always right – by casting it in terms of a response to psychological distress. Only people who are somehow a little mentally unbalanced or not in control of their senses vote for “fringe” parties, right? Only someone crazy enough to not see the wonderful benefits of leftism could possibly vote for anyone to the right of Stalin…

    And since when does winning 18% of the vote still make you a “fringe” party???

  • KenelmDigby

    I will go as far as saying that the EU is the biggest, most dangerous and mortal enemy of the White race in existence. Doubt me if you will, I’m sure you’ve got your own contenders for the title, but studying and observing the EU over the years, I’m fairly convinced in my opinion.
    I will go further and state this – If the EU isn’t destroyed sometime in this century, then the White race in Europe, its homeland, will be dealt such a mortal blow that it will go into extinction. This extinction will be irreversible and absolute, in the same way the dinosaurs vanished.
    If hopefully, the EU is utterly destroyed, the Whites will still have a slim chance, but a chance nonetheless.

  • Boereseun

    The day their heads are forced to retire from their shoulders will indeed be good.

    • loyalwhitebriton

      It will certainly put a 🙂 on my face.

  • MissBonnie123

    “Pro-EU forces are alarmed that this trend means more nationalism and protectionism, not a united Europe.”

    You will NEVER have a united Europe if you keep on allowing non-white immigrants to move into the European countries of the EU. But I firmly believe that the pro-EU forces knew this all along. They created division so that their economic and political schemes would go unnoticed, at least temporarily.

    Fight back Europeans! Take back your respective countries!