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How Europe’s far right is marching steadily into the mainstream

By Jon Henley

30 Jun 2023 · 6 min read

informed Summary

  1. Far-right parties are gaining ground across Western Europe, with increasing influence in polls, policy shaping, and government roles, The Guardian reports.

Almost 25 years ago, when Jörg Haider’s far-right populist Freedom party (FPÖ) won just under 27% of the vote and entered government in Austria, the shock waves reverberated around Europe. Diplomatic visits were cancelled and punitive measures imposed.

Not long after, when Jean-Marie Le Pen of France’s National Front (now National Rally or RN) reached the presidential runoff, the eventual winner, Jacques Chirac, refused even to debate with the far-right leader, so abhorrent – and abnormal – were his views.

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