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.
Crowds of people descended outside the official residence of the embattled German leader claiming they were there to protect the country’s ‘culture, identity and heritage”.
Almost two-thirds of the poll’s respondents in France also said that Islam had become too “influential and visible”, whereas just under half of participants said the same in Germany.
The AfD has loudly protested against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s liberal migration policy but also channelled popular anger against established political parties and the mainstream press.
When asked whether they agree with the statement “I see myself more as a global citizen than a citizen of Germany”, only a total of 30 per cent agreed, and of those only 4 per cent strongly agreed. In contrast 57 per cent disagreed, of whom 18 per cent disagreed strongly.
“Europe is disintegrating as we speak,” said Sophia in ‘t Veld, a Dutch liberal member of the European Parliament. “It’s a risk everywhere.”
Pope Francis referred to an “Arab invasion” during a speech to a French Christian group this week, adding that Europe has been enhanced by previous influxes of people.
Fico, a leftist whose anti-immigration views are in line with neighbours Poland and Hungary, took 28.7 percent of the vote, far ahead of others but less than around 35 percent predicted in opinion surveys, results from 91 percent of voting districts showed.
In 2009, the American journalist Christopher Caldwell famouslycharacterized the changes that a massive non-European, non-Judeo-Christian, immigration was forcing over Europe as a “revolution.” We may now be on the brink of a counter-revolution, and that can be as violent and far-reaching as revolution itself.
Prior to the mass invasion of Europe, liberals controlled debate by means of crude stop-words (bigot, racist, etc.) or accusations of a lack of compassion (with themselves as the arbiters of compassion, naturally). But there is a sea change occurring.