The left-wing German news magazine Der Spiegel has an article today lamenting the rise in Europe of “right-wing populist parties” aka, the Tea Party movement. Imagine that. After decades of failed socialist doctrine, imposed by the one-ideology-fits-all European Union and the euro, the citizens of member countries across the continent have had enough.
Typical of the upheaval is the situation in Finland, which the article notes “until now … was seen as a model member of the European Union.” Not any more. In elections that took place on April 17, the right-wing Perussuomalaiset, or “True Finns” Party, received one out of five votes, making it almost certain to become part of the new Finnish government. Der Spiegel calls the development “a political earthquake … that could have reverberations throughout Europe.”
It already has. In France, a similar movement is afoot in the ultra-conservative Front National party, whose membership has grown dramatically under the guidance of Marine Le Pen, daughter of the movement’s founder. In Germany, a Tea Party element has taken root within the German Free Democratic Party (FDP), and
[i]n the Netherlands, Prime Minister Mark Rutte is dependent on the goodwill of right-wing populist politician Geert Wilders, who, with his tirades against Islam and the EU, captured 15.5 percent of the vote in the country’s last parliamentary election.
Der Spiegel sounds a cautionary note about the impact of this trend on the future of the euro:
Tensions between the wealthy countries in the north, who are contributing most to the bailouts, and the ailing debtor nations in the periphery already threaten to destroy the monetary union. If a European version of the American Tea Party movement develops, it could very well become the kiss of death for the euro.
One person who should derive some satisfaction from these developments is President Obama. After his cataclysmic failure to make good on his promise to mend fences with our former allies, he should be delighted to see a meeting of the minds among the citizens of Europe and those here at home.
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