Growth of extreme right in Europe

French media gives glowing coverage of new National Front leader

By Olivier Laurent and Alex Lantier, 4 February 2011

Marine Le Pen, daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen, was elected president of the National Front on January 16. Her election and investiture speech have been the object of media coverage unsurpassed for the French far right.

Greece to build fortified border fence to deter refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 8 January 2011

The border fence not only symbolizes “Fortress Europe”, but is a model for the attacks of the European governments on the democratic rights of all the people.

Sarkozy’s right-wing policies bolster French neo-fascist

By Anthony Torres, 3 January 2011

Anti-Muslim statements by Marine Le Pen, daughter and heir apparent of Jean-Marie Le Pen as leader of the neo-fascist National Front, have stirred up a media firestorm.

The demolition of press freedom in Hungary

By Markus Salzmann and Peter Schwarz, 24 December 2010

Without any significant protest from the European Union or the European press, Hungary’s Fidesz party has won overwhelming parliamentary support to pass a new media law that will effectively deprive the country of freedom of the press.

Interior Minister de Mazière wants a “German FBI”

By Dietmar Henning, 17 December 2010

The creation of a new expanded federal police force would establish a huge, uncontrolled security apparatus in Germany.

The resurgence of nationalism in the European Union

By Stefan Steinberg, 14 December 2010

The rise of right-wing populism is closely linked to the offensive launched by the ruling elite against the living conditions of European workers and the welfare state system.

Switzerland approves reactionary “Deportation Initiative”

By Marianne Arens, 30 November 2010

Just one year after a referendum banning the construction of minarets, another referendum in Switzerland has sharply tightened the country’s immigration law.

German chancellor agitates against immigrants

By Peter Schwarz, 22 October 2010

Last weekend, in speech laced with anti-Islamic racism, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a conference of Christian Democratic youth that multiculturalism had failed in Germany.

Far-right party wins Hungarian municipal elections

By Markus Salzmann, 11 October 2010

Twenty years after the collapse of the Stalinist regime in Hungary, an extreme right-wing party is taking control of the state.

New government coalition in the Netherlands

By Dietmar Henning, 9 October 2010

The right-wing populist and racist politician Geert Wilders will play a major role in government policy in the Netherlands.

French National Assembly debates anti-immigration law

By Kumaran Ira, 7 October 2010

The immigration law being debated in the National Assembly is part of a wave of anti-democratic measures by President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is responding to rising social discontent with appeals to the neo-fascist vote.

The rise of the Sweden Democrats and the Swedish far right

By I.K. Karlsson and Jordan Shilton, 30 September 2010

In the September 19 election, the nationalist Sweden Democrats increased their support to nearly 6 percent of the vote and claimed 20 seats in parliament for the first time.

The lies of Thilo Sarrazin

Part two

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 29 September 2010

Official statistics and studies paint a picture of immigrant workers and families in Germany entirely at odds with the racist claims of Thilo Sarrazin.

The lies of Thilo Sarrazin

Part one

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 28 September 2010

Official statistics and studies paint a picture of immigrant workers and families in Germany entirely at odds with the racist claims of Thilo Sarrazin.

Right-wing Alliance inflicts defeat on Sweden’s social democrats

By Jordan Shilton, 22 September 2010

Swedish parliamentary elections saw the right-wing Alliance achieve victory, the first time a rightwing group has secured a second term in office in over 80 years. The Social Democrats dropped to an historic low, with just over 30 percent of the vote.

European leaders disavow criticism of France’s Roma deportations

By Alex Lantier, 17 September 2010

In the run-up to yesterday’s Brussels summit, European officials and heads of state disavowed criticisms of French President Sarkozy’s mass deportation of Roma.

Conflict erupts between EU and France over Roma expulsions

By Antoine Lerougetel and Peter Schwarz, 16 September 2010

The French government’s policy of mass expulsions of Roma has led to a sharp conflict between Brussels and Paris.

Far-right party emerges as power broker behind new Netherlands government

By Sven Heymann, 12 August 2010

The new Dutch government will be supported by the far-right Party for Freedom (PVV) of Gert Wilders.

Right-wing shift in Dutch elections

By Peter Schwarz, 12 June 2010

After Hungary and the UK, the Netherlands is the third significant European Union country where right-wing parties have emerged as election winners in the midst of the deepest economic crisis since the 1930s.

Hungary: Right-wing Fidesz wins two-thirds majority

By Markus Salzmann, 27 April 2010

The right-wing conservative Fidesz (Federation of Young Democrats), led by Victor Orban, won a more than two-thirds majority in the second round of the Hungarian parliamentary election.

German chancellor’s military adviser a sympathiser of Nazi jurist

By Justus Leicht, 16 April 2010

Erich Vad, the chief security policy adviser to the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, is a devotee of the most prominent jurist of the Third Reich, Carl Schmitt.

Right wing expected to win election in Hungary this weekend

By Markus Salzmann, 10 April 2010

Opinion polls are predicting a landslide victory for the right wing Federation of Young Democrats (Fidesz) in Sunday's election.

Germany: Who is behind the neo-Nazi march in Duisburg?

By Dietmar Henning, 31 March 2010

The following statement was produced for distribution to opponents of the neo-fascist march held in the German city of Duisburg last Saturday.

Massive bank scandal: Austrian right-winger Jörg Haider’s legacy

By Markus Salzmann and Peter Schwarz, 22 December 2009

A bank scandal in Bavaria reveals the close ties with extreme right-wing forces in Austria.

Germany: Leading SPD member Thilo Sarrazin (SPD) rallies the right wing

By Marius Heuser, 18 December 2009

Federal Bank executive member Thilo Sarrazin is once again stirring up Islamophobia and xenophobia.

Switzerland bans minarets

By Marianne Arens, 3 December 2009

Switzerland has banned the building of minarets in accordance with the result of a referendum held on November 29. The decision is a new high point in the European-wide campaign to stir up prejudices against Muslims and divide the working class.

Courtroom murderer sentenced to lifelong imprisonment in Germany

By Justus Leicht, 17 November 2009

Alex W, a German-Russian citizen was sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering a 31 year-old Egyptian woman in a courtroom.

The racist outburst of German Federal Bank executive member Thilo Sarrazin

By Justus Leicht, 13 October 2009

Using language usually associated with far-right parties, Federal Bank executive committee member Thilo Sarrazin (of the Social Democratic Party) denounced the most vulnerable layers of society.

Arab woman stabbed to death in German courtroom

By Justus Leicht, 24 July 2009

German political and media circles have reacted reservedly to the murder of an Arab woman by a neo-fascist in a German courtroom.

Hungary: Socialist Party establishes right-wing militias

By Markus Salzmann, 14 July 2009

The Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) is introducing so-called “village guards” throughout the countryside. These will be armed and will carry out the functions of the police.

UK Conservatives form new rightist bloc in European parliament

By Ann Talbot, 25 June 2009

The UK Conservative Party has broken from the European Peoples Party grouping in the European Parliament to form a new bloc with a number of right-wing anti-federalist parties.

Germany: Neo-Nazis attack May Day demonstration in Dortmund

By our correspondent, 9 May 2009

Neo-Nazis attacked a demonstration organised by the German trade union federation in Dortmund on May Day.

Austria: Socialist Party in free-fall in regional elections

By Markus Salzmann, 7 March 2009

Extreme-right parties are exploiting the growing political vacuum in Austria. Last weekend’s regional elections ended in a debacle for the social-democratic Austrian Socialist Party (SPÖ).

ISSE meeting in Frankfurt, Germany

A fierce response by Georgian nationalists

By our reporter, 1 November 2008

The presentation at an ISSE meeting in Frankfurt, Germany provoked a hostile response on the part of a group of Georgian nationalists.

Britain: Socialist Workers Party member becomes government adviser

By Chris Marsden, 28 October 2008

18-year-old Sabiha Iqbal has been nominated to serve on the Young Muslim Advisory Group, a Brown government think tank set up to combat Islamic extremist influence.

Letters from our readers

21 October 2008

The following is a selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site.

Austrian right-wing politician Jörg Haider dies in car crash

By Markus Salzmann, 16 October 2008

Jörg Haider, the governor of the Austrian province of Carinthia and chairman of the extreme right Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ) died in a car accident in Klagenfurt in the early hours of October 11.

Finland: Second school shooting in less than a year

Striking similarity

By Jordan Shilton, 29 September 2008

On Tuesday, September 23, at approximately 11a.m., Finland was hit by the second mass shooting episode in less than 12 months, this time at a college in the town of Kauhajoki.

Statement of the International Students for Social Equality (Britain)

The defence of democratic rights based on a socialist perspective

23 September 2008

The following statement is being distributed by the ISSE during Freshers’ Week at university campuses across the UK.

France: Union thugs threaten immigrants at a Communist Party fair

By Antoine Lerougetel, 23 September 2008

Members of the Coordination des sans Papiers 75 (CSP75), which organises some 2,000 undocumented workers and their families in Paris, are reported to have been told by CGT officials that they would do all in their power to prevent their applications for legal residence from being granted.