We know that far more interesting/exciting/dramatic/terrifying things are happening all around the world, and that other parts of the world are going through political upheaval right now.
But right now the results of the European Parliament elections are being announced and shit is being shaken up.
Some seriously Right Wing members are being announce. And I don’t mean your normal, run-of-the-mill, reasonable right wing party member who has conservative values but is a fully functioning member of society who is willing to debate policy and show up to legislation discussions and act like responsible members of parliament.
Some are just really against immigration from across Europe (though specifically Eastern Europe former soviet states) and against cooperating with other European member states in the Parliament. But some are racist, misogynistic, anti-semitic, anti-islamic refusing to take part in european parliament discussions, expense abusing, seriously worrying individuals.
France’s Front National has made serious gains, Denmark’s Danish People’s party is making serious gains, Greece’s Golden Dawn Party has jumped up in the polls, Hungary’s Neo-Facists Jobbik has taken 15% of the vote, UKIP is making serious gains in the UK, and Germany might be sending it’s first ever Neo-Nazi member.
There seems to be a huge swing to the right where fringe party’s members have been galvanised to go out an vote whilst overwhelming apathy from the middle ground has meant the traditional parties across Europe have lost a huge amount of seats in Parliament. In many countries less than 50% of the electorate showed up as they believed their vote wasn’t important.
Please watch this developing story as there is about to be a big shake up in European politics. These results combined with recent acts such as the shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels seem to show a worrying trend in European politics.
I am rather disappointed at France. 25% of the population were in favor of the FN, the far-right wing. Voting far-right wing at the European elections is such a paradox, and I can’t believe that some people actually believed what Marine LePen (the party’s president) said.
Also, did you know that she refused to participate to a debate with Martin Schultz, the president of the European Parliament? She knew that he was more than able to deconstruct all her arguments.
Moreover, should I remind you what the former party’s president, Mrs LePen’s dad declared over the years?
He admitted to have tortured criminals.
He said that people who suffered AIDS were lepers.
He thinks that the Holocaust is a small part, a detail of WWII, that has never been proved.
He treated the LGBT+ community of deviants.
He met Karadzic when he was seeked for Genocide in Yougoslavia and declared that “it was not his duty to look after war criminals”.
In 2012, he declared that the French people was to be “white, from greek and latine culture and christians”.
He is a racist and an anti-Semite. Now 25% of France voted for this party, that is his heritage.
Well this is so sad and I am so fucking angry!
Now, just a little reminder, in 1929 the world experienced a global financial crisis, Hitler became Chancellor in 1933. Now, when did we experienced a global financial crisis? In 2008, we are 6 years after and guess what? Nationalists parties are winning elections or rising all over Europe. Can’t we learn a little bit from the past? Just for once?!
Edit: I know it is not 25% of the France population, but 25% of the people who voted. However, people who didn’t vote are not even part of the system for me. And anyway it is even more alarming since the majority of the population don’t even care about Europe and won’t even move their ass to vote, which is a privilege that not all the countries in the world have by the way.