The prediction of catalysts has been made over and over.
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The events have unfolded and now, in reaction, the predicted right-wing movement has begun to take shape.
What’s next after the right-wing movement? A unified right-wing Europe, in one form or another, looking to protect its culture and borders by means of war against infiltrating nation-states when pushed too far (i.e. a major terrorist attack on a 9/11 level).
Enter the King of the North versus the King of the South.
France went to the polls on Sunday in regional elections and the far-right National Front party, formerly known for its anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant stances but now known for its support of Israel and opposition to radical Islam, came out as a winner across the country.
Though some have pinned the party’s success on its occurrence so soon after the November 13 terror attacks in Paris, one Israeli expert told The Jerusalem Post on Monday that France has been moving to the right for years and is part of an overall trend in Europe of far-right parties becoming the mainstream.
Dr. Esther Lopatin, director of the European Studies program at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, said that Europeans are frustrated by leaders who have ignored their concerns about rapid immigration and radical Islam on the continent.
So while National Front leader Marine Le Pen has gone to great lengths to show that her party is no longer anti-Semitic (even to the point of saying she is a Zionist and kicking out the party’s founder, her own father, Jean-Marie Le Pen), Lopatin was careful to note that the party’s fairly-recent rejection of anti-Semitism has not come from a sudden love of Jews, but rather from a realization that they share with the Jewish community a common enemy in radical Islam.
Lopatin said that other far-right parties in other parts of Europe that used to view the Jews as an enemy are now some of the most supportive of Israel as well.
“Europe is going through a makeover,” she said, noting that overall voters are moving to the right politically because “the public is not happy.” The voters for far-right parties, Lopatin said, used to be only racists but now include the average French voter “the type that would have voted for [former French president Nicolas] Sarkozy”
“They have the feeling that they have been deserted by the leadership who didn’t take their concerns [about immigration and radical Islam] seriously,” she said.
Another factor contributing to the rise of the far-right is that the parties are becoming more sophisticated, Lopatin said. Wheras the senior Le Pen was an outright racist with unrealistic platforms, Lopatin described Marie Le Pen as being more diplomatic, realistic and reserved.
Full article: A far-right, pro-Israel France? Expert says this is where all of Europe is heading (The Jerusalem Post)