[Marxism] European Far Right Developing Closer Ties with Moscow - SPIEGEL ONLINE
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Wed Apr 16 08:19:10 MDT 2014
During the Cold War, left-wing parties were often viewed with no small
amount of suspicion in the West. Fear was rampant, if perhaps
overwrought, that they could act as a political beachhead for the Soviet
Union and the communist East Bloc in their presumed quest for global
Times have changed. While relations between Moscow and the West are once
again tense due to the ongoing tug-o'-war over Ukraine and the Crimea,
it is Europe's right-wing parties that are showing an affinity for
Russia. And with European Parliament elections quickly approaching in
late May, right-wing populists -- with parties in several countries well
positioned to make gains in the coming vote -- are being increasingly
open about their desire to act as an advocate for Moscow in Brussels.
"I think we can be a good partner for Russia in the European
Parliament," says Filip Dewinter, a senior member of the right-wing
Flemish party Vlaams Belang in Belgium. "And Russia sees us as a
Last week also saw the launch of a new right-wing youth network, the
Young European Alliance For Hope, between France’s National Front,
Austria’s Freedom Party, Belgium’s Vlaams Belang and the Sweden Democrats.
This network seems to embody the evolving spirit of co-operation amongst
European nationalists. But it also embodies the far right’s continued
inability to form a truly pan-European consensus.
UKIP, Geert Wilder’s Freedom Party and the Northern League have all
declined to join the YEAH. After an Austrian delegate at their launch
event described the EU as a “conglomerate of Negroes”, the Sweden
Democrats called into question the future of the alliance- just days
after it was publicly launched.
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