Rise Of The Far Right Is A 4Th Dimension Phenomenon

(MENAFN- Asia Times) To truly understand populism, we have to take the long view. In the 1960s, populist parties won, on average, 5.4% of the vote in Europe – while today, following the European Parliament elections on June 9, more than 20% of the electorate trusts them with their vote.

Not all populists are right wing, and indeed some populist parties fall on the left of the Political spectrum, including La France Insoumise and the German Sahra Wagenknecht Alliance . However, in today's political landscape those making an impact are right wing populist parties, who place the nation front and center, and pillory, scapegoat and discriminate against“others” defined in ethnic, national, social or religious terms.

Representatives from ultra-nationalist parties – such as the French National Rally , Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the Spanish Vox – have become significant forces in the Strasbourg parliament. The far right came top of the polls in France, Italy, Austria and Hungary, and second in Germany, Poland and the Netherlands.

With these parties calling for the return of sovereignty to individual states, the consequences could be existential for the European Union and, potentially, for humanity, given the urgent political need to slow and reverse climate change.

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Protesters against the AfD demonstrate down the road from an early 2024 meeting hosted by the populist party in Freiienthal, a tiny village in Brandenburg, northeastern Germany. The signs say: 'How many more Hitler documentaries do you need?' And: 'If the AfD is the answer, then how stupid was the question?' Photo: Chris Stern / CNN

While the the economic crisis of 2008 and the migratory crisis of 2015 marked turning points for populism in Europe, neither can fully account for how deeply it has become rooted in the continent's politics. There are, however, long term structural explanations that are closely linked to our relationship with time.


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