EU in CRISIS as Rightwing Victories Flood Europe!

In a stunning political earthquake, the so-called far right have officially arisen as the most powerful political force in Europe. We are going to look at what happened over the weekend, why it happened, and what it means for the rise of a new conservative age sweeping the globe!

– Europeans went to the polls for the European Parliament elections, with nearly 400 million citizens in 27 countries voting.

– Nationalist populist parties surged across Europe, causing a political earthquake and stunning the European political elite.

– The National Rally in France had a massive victory, receiving 32% of the vote and potentially becoming the largest political party in the European Parliament.

Over the weekend, Europeans across the continent went to the polls for the European Parliament elections. Nearly 400 million citizens in 27 countries cast their votes to elect representatives from their respective countries to serve as lawmakers in the European Parliament in the Belgian capital of Brussels. In many respects, the EU elections are seen as something akin to our midterm elections, where voters get to voice their approval or disapproval of their parties in power. The message voters sent in this election was heard loud and clear all over the continent!

When the exit polls were released throughout the night, each nation saw the nationalist populist right surge to heights never seen before in modern European politics. There was nothing short of a political earthquake over the weekend, and its aftershocks have left the European political elite absolutely stunned.

It all started in the Netherlands on Thursday night when the nationalist populist extraordinaire Geert Wilders and the Dutch Freedom Party went from 0 seats in the European Parliament to winning upwards of 20% of their seats. It was an ominous sign for the European establishment that the populist right was poised to surge throughout these elections. Germany’s populist party, the Alternative for Deutschland, crushed the liberal Green Party to become the second largest party in Germany.

In Italy, Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy swept their elections garnering 30% of the votes. In a multi-party system that amount is extraordinary. In Hungary, Victor Orban’s Fidesz Party continues to dominate Hungarian politics. Not only does he have a supermajority at home, but Fidesz won their elections with a commanding 44% of the vote in the European Parliament.

The huge news of the night was the massive victory for the National Rally in France. Macron wants to dissolve parliament and is calling for snap elections. In 1999, National Rally won only 5% of the vote. In 2004, they almost hit 10%. They went backwards in 2009 and fell to 6 percent, but in 2014 they surged to nearly 25% of the vote. In 2019, the last European election, they got around the same amount, just over 23%. This weekend National Rally received 32% of the vote.

This was an astonishing victory as National Rally is poised now to be the largest political party in the European Parliament. Politico is calling this ‘Europe’s Trump moment.’ This is a little shortsighted and it’s an ironic headline because, in many ways, Europe is ahead of the United States when it comes to the rise of nationalist populism. More people are asking what is so ‘far-right’ about protecting your borders, protecting your economy, and protecting what makes your national identity unique.

Nationalist populists have been on the rise in Europe since the late 1990s when the United States was being led by Bill Clinton. It’s just taken longer in Europe because the European Parliament exercises inordinate influence in member nations’ domestic politics and have thus far successfully quelled a number of the nationalist populist movements over the years.

Rich Baris of the People’s Pundit tweeted, ‘As @DrTurleyTalks has been discussing for a year, the populist right is ascendent in Europe. Huge wins. Globalists have failed at governing and refuse to acknowledge it, now suffer defeats.’What’s driving this nationalist populist surge is post-security politics, and this is becoming the dominant political paradigm in Europe.

Post-security politics describes the kind of political reactions that happen when the three basic securities that are supposed to be guaranteed by the nation-state erode under the pressures of globalism. These securities are border security, economic security and cultural security. Globalization has eroded border security primarily through getting rid of borders and opening up Europe to mass migration. Globalization has eroded economic security with a global division of labor where manufacturing and factory jobs are shipped out to third world nations while capital and finance are relocated to urban centers, leaving rural populations highly unemployed. Globalization has eroded cultural security by recasting a nation’s culture, customs, and traditions as now bigoted, racist, and all kinds of phobic, along with the radical demographic changes happening through globalism’s propensity towards open borders.

These post-security concerns form a loop. Border insecurity feeds economic insecurity which feeds cultural insecurity which in turn feeds more border insecurity. The three securities that we used to rely on with the nation-state project, border security, economic security, and cultural security, have all eroded under globalism. What we saw over the weekend was a massive backlash where more populations are once again reasserting their national and economic sovereignty and defending their customs, cultures, and traditions as mechanisms of resistance against the anti-cultural processes of globalization and its secular aristocracy.

Many are asking what will come of the EU. We are not seeing anyone openly advocating the dismantling of the EU, but many are calling for the restoration of national sovereignty for member nations. They want to reassert national sovereignty for the 27 individual member nations. One of the biggest points of contention that led to Britain leaving the EU has been the issue of national sovereignty. To what extent did member nations surrender their national sovereignty when they joined the EU? To what extent did they surrender control over their immigration standards, economic policies, and environmental policies when they joined the EU?

These questions promise to move radically in favor of limiting Brussel’s continent wide jurisdiction while maximizing the sovereignty of individual nations. Another thing that the new right is intent on doing is dismantling the radical green initiatives in the European Parliament and reversing the green-flation that has ravaged Europe. A lot of this stems from the European farmer revolt that has been sweeping throughout the continent, in protest against WEF-inspired rules, regulations and trade deals that are adversely affecting their livelihood and their ability to farm.

The protests have amassed in Brussels, the seat of the EU, where numerous tractors and trucks have sealed off streets close to the European Headquarters to pressure the EU’s agricultural ministers to back off from these draconian environmental regulations and they have been very successful in doing that. A major European Union plan to impose more radical climate restrictions on the farmers has been officially dropped. With this new European parliament, we can expect virtually all of these green initiatives to be dropped and dismantled as well.

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