Europe is facing a rising tide of right-wing extremism. Extremist parties — whether called right-wing or far-right or ultra-nationalists — are in government in Finland, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland. So far, those groups are in government just as coalition partners but indicators are that Europe is experiencing a distinct move to the right amid rising rhetoric against migration and the idea of open borders. This is something that could become a threat to European unity, particularly given Britain’s decision to leave the European Union following a referendum in which the main issue was migration. In light of what is the worst refugee crisis since the end of World War II, a number of EU governments have taken stances that seem to go against the stated objectives and values of the union, particularly in terms of human rights and freedom of movement. The European Parliament has seen the rise of right-wing extremist parties, with 23% of the members of the body belonging to far-right-wing parties.
Courtesy : The Arab Weekly