April 28, 2016
Is Europe lurching to the far right?
A ripple of concern shivered across Europe this week in establishment circles after a right-wing populist candidate stormed to pole position in the first round of Austria’s presidential election.
“Triumph for the extreme right,” proclaimed Spain’s El Pais newspaper. Britain’s Guardian warned of “turmoil” ahead. Italy’s Corriere della Sera bemoaned a victory for the “anti-immigrant far right” while Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung called on traditional political parties to “listen to this wake-up call!”
Most publications identified some link between Norbert Hofer’s strong showingand Austria’s centre-stage role in the EU’s migrant crisis.
Extreme conditions – what explains the rise of right-wing populism in Europe, such as the success of Norbert Hofer in Austria? REUTERS