Marine Le Pen’s euroskeptic National Rally have topped the European election vote in France, early results published Monday showed, narrowly beating the centrist alliance of President Emmanuel Macron. National Rally, a re-branding of Le Pen’s National Front has taken 22 seats, beating Macron’s party by just one seat.
In the aftermath of a devastating attack in Nice, France, Poland’s interior minister told reporters that the blame lay with the embrace of multiculturalism. Link To Article
When asked if diversity makes their country a “better place to live”, only a minority of Europeans now agreed.
The data from Pew Research warns Europe’s political elites about the growing strength of grassroots sentiment over the migration issue.
The parties have disparate motivations and sit on both sides of the political spectrum, but they share a common sense of discontent about EU austerity and a nationalist bent that often favours Islamophobic and anti-immigrant rhetoric.
Merkel stressed that “Germany has a special interest and a special responsibility in European unity succeeding” as she voiced regret Friday at Britain’s departure, citing Europe’s 20th century history of wars.
Every propaganda gimmick was rolled out. Brexit was dismissed, mocked and ridiculed. It was for lunatics and madmen. Anyone who voted to leave the benevolent bosom of the European Union was an ignorant xenophobe who had no place in the modern world.
Opinion polls in other EU countries show majorities in favour of leaving. Ominously, the British vote galvanized far-right and anti-EU movements in France and Germany, the EU’s last two remaining powers, which will have tricky national elections in 2017 due to the rise in anti-establishment sentiment.
“Victory for Freedom! As I have been asking for years we must now have the same referendum in France and EU countries,” the National Front (FN) leader tweeted.
U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, in a closely watched visit to Scotland on Friday, hailed Britain’s Leave vote, drawing parallels to the anger driving his own presidential campaign.