Extreme Right Wing Crosses Atlantic
Extreme right-wing movements in Europe are linking up and even seeking association with rightist movements in America.
German-Foreign-Policy.com reports that “Several of the uttermost right-wing parties in Europe are proceeding—with the cooperation of German organizations—to forge international alliances” (December 22).
Of concern to those familiar with European history of the past century is the increasing tendency, as German-Foreign-Policy.com reports, of the “the strongest uttermost right-wing parties on the Continent [to be] profiting from the renewed German hegemony over Europe” (ibid.).
The Austrian Freedom Party, the Belgian Flemish Vlaams Belang and the Sweden Democrats, plus supporters of the Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders, are forging alliances that smack of the connection between the European extreme nationalist movements of the first half of the 20th century.
What ought to be of concern to the U.S. government is the prospect of these movements linking up with sympathizers in America.
As German-Foreign-Policy.com reports, “The Austrian Freedom Party (fpö) has announced its extension of relations to the rapidly developing U.S.-American Tea Party movement. fpö Chairman Heinz-Christian Strache announced his plans to visit the United States in the coming year for meetings with representatives of the movement.”
For the past 20 years this magazine has monitored the fluctuations of right-wing extremism in Europe, reporting on trends from time to time. Our real concern at this moment is the tendency for right-wing political movements in Europe increasing in popularity in tandem with the European monetary crisis and the increasing impact of Islam on European society.
Of greatest concern is the Nazi or pro-Nazi roots of some of the foremost rightist movements in Europe. As German-Foreign-Policy.com so rightly points out, “Right-wing extremist pro-German structures, some dating back to days of Nazi collaboration, are growing in Europe and are seeking acceptability to govern. Having become stronger over the years, German hegemony is providing them favorable conditions” (ibid.).
Currently there is a drive by far-right political groups in Germany to form a pan-European alliance of the most extreme right-wing parties. But Germany has no extremist right-wing party of any real political significance. Germany’s only far-right party of any significance, the National Democratic Party of Germany, does not hide its pro-Nazi orientation and could therefore not be a serious consideration. Any movement which shows such Nazi leanings could not prosper in a political culture that is constantly striving to publicly distance itself from the old Nazi regime while quietly supporting many of its political, economic, societal, policing and defense initiatives under the European Union cloak of “legitimacy.”
The current strategy of far-right organizations in Germany is to work to merge the various “pro-region” movements into a solid far-right political bloc. These “pro-region” movements include such entities as the “pro-Cologne” and “pro-North Rhine-Westphalia” movements. The Austrian fpö has announced the establishment of a common office in North Rhine-Westphalia to assist the process.
This is not an unfamiliar story to anyone who understands the conditions in Weimar Germany that created a similar right-wing surge in the 1930s. In this context there are simply too many situations converging right now in Europe for sharp observers not to be concerned about this spread of far-right political influence in Germany: the pressure of Islamic immigration, the euro crisis, the rise of the far-right political groups and their reaching out beyond their home nations, the reform of the German military forces, the weakness of the governing coalition in Germany, the prominence of a single populist personality in German politics in the form of Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the empowerment of the German economy through export dominance, the weakening of the Franco-German alliance. Add to this “right-wing extremist pro-German structures, some dating back to days of Nazi collaboration … growing in Europe and … seeking acceptability to govern” in a Germany “having become stronger over the years,” with “German hegemony … providing them favorable conditions,” and the German question is as alive today as it was in 1935.
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