Recent times have witnessed massive immigration into
While nationalist ideas were a recurring theme in politics across Europe, increasing levels of support for far-right groups in politics is something that has been witnessed recently. In many cases, these groups are effectively asserting themselves in domestic politics, with their radical ideas being shared and taken into account in the political discourse of the state.
In Germany, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) enjoys wide support. Recent events in German politics have been prompted by the far-right response to the restrictions imposed due to Covid-19. The far right has gained momentum in recent years and many have been involved in a discussion of the various factors that could be responsible for it. The AfD has also been associated with anti-immigrant activities and
Other examples of far-right parties that have gained popular support in domestic politics across Europe include – the Swedish Democrats (SD) in Sweden, the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) in Estonia and the
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The rise of the RN in France, and that of other far-right and right-wing populist parties in Europe, demonstrates a pattern of changing opinions and political ideas. This change has often been attributed to large-scale immigration.
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The rise of far-right and right-wing populism could be linked to other related changes taking place across the world – particularly in Europe. While some changes can be attributed to massive immigration, they mark a new wave of nationalism for Europe and the world. The conflict, if it were to be characterized as such, is above all ideological. Throughout societies, one can observe marked divisions between those on the more ‘liberal’ side and those who actively oppose pluralism of any kind, namely the ‘social conservatives’. Such sentiments and ideas are perceived as opposing cultural and social pluralism. Modern structures and social processes are actively opposed by traditional ideas. The resulting domestic policy outcomes will determine the future of immigration to Europe and the future of the European economy as a whole.