Assessing key nationalist political parties across the continent, including Italy, which is voting for a new parliament – Published on AlJazeera, by Mohammed Haddad and Ben Piven, Feb 24, 2013.
In the face of continued economic uncertainty, many European voters have increasingly rallied behind far-right nationalist ideas.
Much of the ideological foundation rests on proud re-assertion of Western and Christian values that prioritise tradition and peoplehood.
Although crude racism has somewhat made way for more subtle emphasis on cultural integration, intolerance towards minority groups often dominates the increasingly sophisticated message. Geert Wilders in the Netherlands and Marine Le Pen in France are among Western Europe’s most widely recognised faces from this political tendency. In Greece, Golden Dawn has demonstrated a violent streak in the throngs of an austerity crisis.
In Italy, former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom Party is running in alliance with the far-right Lega Nord in the February 24 elections, and hopes to beat outgoing technocratic PM Mario Monti’s centrist bloc.
Well-established Lega Nord embraces regional anti-elitism and takes a hard stance on law-and-order issues. In addition to advocating an independent state in the north, the party also opposes construction of mosques.
Key right-wing parties and their beliefs are depicted … (see moving chart showing 12 European right-wing parties) …
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