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Yellow vests: protesters fight for ideological ownership

In France and Britain, gilets jaunes have mutated into symbols of anger against anything from austerity to IslamWhat is not in dispute is who came first. On the French side of the channel lie the original gilets jaunes (yellow vests), a grassroots, social media-based citizens’ movement with no formal structure, recognised leader or party or union backing, named after the hi-visibility jackets that French drivers are required by law to carry in their vehicles.As French yellow vests kicked off the...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Protest, France, Social Media, Austerity, UK News, Britain, The far right, Emmanuel Macron


AfD party votes to campaign for German exit from EU

Far-right nationalists decide for first time to seek ‘Dexit’ if bloc does not meet demands The German far-right party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has voted to campaign for the country’s exit from the European Union if its demand for reforms within the bloc are not met.The decision on Sunday marks the first time any party has called for “Dexit” – a German departure from the EU in the mould of Brexit. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Germany, Eu, European Union, The far right, Brexit, Brexit Continue


Grayling claim Brexit block could boost far right is 'gutter politics'

MPs accuse transport secretary of dangerous scaremongering in attempt to prop up PM’s dealChris Grayling’s claim that blocking Brexit could lead to a rise in far-right extremism is dangerous scaremongering and a desperate attempt to shore up the prime minister’s Brexit deal, campaigners and MPs have said.The transport secretary told the Daily Mail that Britain would become a less tolerant and more nationalistic society if it failed to leave the EU. He said reversing the referendum result would r...
Tags: Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Daily Mail, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Chris Grayling, The far right, Brexit


Grayling claim that no Brexit could boost far right is 'gutter politics'

MPs accuse transport secretary of dangerous scaremongering in attempt to prop up PM’s dealChris Grayling’s claim that blocking Brexit could lead to a rise in far-right extremism is dangerous scaremongering and a desperate attempt to shore up the prime minister’s Brexit deal, campaigners and MPs have said.The transport secretary told the Daily Mail that Britain would become a less tolerant and more nationalistic society if it failed to leave the EU. He said reversing the referendum result would r...
Tags: Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Daily Mail, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Chris Grayling, The far right, Brexit, Grayling


Grayling under fire for claim blocking Brexit could boost far right

Minister’s critics accuse him of ‘dangerous scaremongering’ to prop up PM’s dealChris Grayling’s claim that blocking Brexit could lead to a rise in far-right extremism is dangerous scaremongering and a desperate attempt to shore up the prime minister’s Brexit deal, campaigners and MPs have said.The transport secretary told the Daily Mail that Britain would become a less tolerant and more nationalistic society if it failed to leave the EU. He said reversing the referendum result would result in t...
Tags: Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Daily Mail, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Chris Grayling, The far right, Brexit


Facebook takes down homepage of activist over abuse of MPs

Police also promise more robust approach after Speaker urges Met chief to act• ‘The police are after all of us’: pro-Brexit protesters ditch yellow vestsFacebook has deleted the homepage of the most prominent member of a group of “yellow vest” protesters who have harassed and abused MPs and journalists, as police began a more concerted response to their activities.After the Speaker, John Bercow, wrote to the head of the Metropolitan police to urge action when the Conservative MP Anna Soubry was ...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Protest, Police, UK News, House Of Commons, John Bercow, The far right, Brexit, Anna Soubry


Police told to intervene after Met accused of ignoring abuse of MPs

Met takes action in wake of ‘Nazi’ slurs against Conservative Anna SoubryPolice officers around parliament have been told to “intervene appropriately” after the Conservative MP Anna Soubry accused them of ignoring abuse directed at politicians and journalists.The Met’s deputy assistant commissioner, Laurence Taylor, defended the way it polices parliament after Soubry accused the force of ignoring the targeting of politicians and journalists with abusive and racist chants on Abingdon Green, a gra...
Tags: Politics, Police, UK News, House Of Commons, The far right, Brexit, Anna Soubry, Soubry, Abingdon Green, Anna SoubryPolice, Laurence Taylor


Pressure grows on police to act over 'Nazi' slurs against Anna Soubry

Pro-remain MP claims same group also racially abused Sky political editor Faisal IslamThe Metropolitan police are coming under increasing pressure to take action against pro-Brexit supporters who repeatedly accused the remain-backing MP Anna Soubry of being a Nazi outside parliament and allegedly racially abused a journalist.On Tuesday, Soubry accused the police of ignoring the abuse and the racism directed at politicians and journalists on Abingdon Green, a grassed area outside parliament used ...
Tags: Politics, Police, UK News, House Of Commons, The far right, Brexit, Anna Soubry, FAISAL, Abingdon Green


MPs raise safety fears with police after Anna Soubry subjected to 'Nazi’ chants

Letter to Met police comes after Speaker expresses concern about protesters targeting MPs outside parliament Dozens of MPs have written to the UK’s most senior police officer to raise concerns about safety outside parliament after the Conservative MP Anna Soubry faced chants from protesters on Monday calling her a “Nazi”.At least 55 parliamentarians signed the letter to the Metropolitan police commissioner, Cressida Dick, after the Commons Speaker, John Bercow, urged officers to do more to prote...
Tags: Politics, UK, Protest, Police, UK News, House Of Commons, John Bercow, The far right, Brexit, Anna Soubry, Soubry, Cressida Dick


MPs raise safety fears with police after Anna Soubry subjected to 'Nazi’ taunts

Letter to Met police comes after Speaker expresses concern about protesters targeting MPs outside parliament Dozens of MPs have written to the UK’s most senior police officer to raise concerns about safety outside parliament after the Conservative MP Anna Soubry faced chants from protesters on Monday calling her a “Nazi”.At least 55 parliamentarians signed the letter to the Metropolitan police commissioner, Cressida Dick, after the Commons Speaker, John Bercow, urged officers to do more to prote...
Tags: Politics, UK, Protest, Police, UK News, House Of Commons, John Bercow, The far right, Brexit, Anna Soubry, Soubry, Cressida Dick


John Bercow urges police to do more after ‘Nazi’ taunts against Tory MP

Speaker concerned about number of protesters targeting female MPs outside parliamentThe Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has urged police to do more to protect MPs outside parliament from abusive protesters after they repeatedly shouted at Conservative MP Anna Soubry that she was a “Nazi” as she spoke on live TV.Soubry also criticised the lack of police response after chants of “Soubry is a Nazi” could clearly be heard during an interview with BBC News on Abingdon Green, a grassed a...
Tags: Politics, Protest, Police, Conservative, UK News, BBC News, House Of Commons, John Bercow, The far right, Brexit, Anna Soubry, Soubry, House of Commons John Bercow, Abingdon Green


Heinrich Brüning and a lesson for all the eager centrists | Letter

The German chancellor from 1930 to 1932 should be a warning to all who believe that centrist remedies are the answer in polarised times, writes Emma JonesLarry Elliott compares Macron to Angela Merkel’s predecessor, Schröder (as well as Blair, Clinton and De Gaulle), in his thoughtful piece on the French troubles (Macron’s vision belongs to the past. A backlash was inevitable, 6 December).A greater spectre must be another of Mrs Merkel’s predecessors, Heinrich Brüning (dubbed the “Hunger Chancel...
Tags: Europe, Politics, France, Germany, Angela Merkel, World news, Second world war, The far right, Politics past, Emmanuel Macron, Macron, Blair Clinton, Schroder, Bruning, Mrs Merkel, de Gaulle


It’s not just Europe – toxic imperial nostalgia has infected the world | Elif Shafak

Populism preys on rose-tinted memories of past glories and distorts it into something ugly“The Russians blame everything on their government, the Americans on their parents, and the Poles on history.” So said the Russian-born American poet Joseph Brodsky. If he were alive today, he might have added: “And the leading Brexiters blame everything on the loss of an imaginary past.” The seeds of this nostalgia were, of course, present in Britain long before the referendum, but years of austerity and i...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Germany, UK News, Turkey, Hungary, Britain, The far right, Boris Johnson, Europe Continue, Elif Shafak, Joseph Brodsky


Zuckerberg must end far right's fundraising on Facebook – Tom Watson

Labour’s deputy leader demands action after the Guardian’s investigationRevealed: the hidden global network behind Tommy RobinsonThe deputy Labour leader, Tom Watson, has demanded that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg never again allows far-right activists to fundraise on the network, criticising him for having a “contempt for social responsibility”.A Guardian investigation on Friday found that a hidden global network of US thinktanks, rightwing Australians and Russian trolls were providing financial,...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, Media, Social Networking, US, UK News, World news, Labour, Tom Watson, Guardian, The far right, Zuckerberg, Tommy Robinson, Tommy RobinsonThe


Revealed: the hidden global network behind Tommy Robinson

Guardian investigation shows how cash, legal support and millions of tweets underpin anti-Islam activist - but Facebook removes his ‘donate’ buttonThe British far-right activist Tommy Robinson is receiving financial, political and moral support from a broad array of non-British groups and individuals, including US thinktanks, rightwing Australians and Russian trolls, a Guardian investigation has discovered.Robinson, an anti-Islam campaigner who is leading a “Brexit betrayal” march in London on S...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, London, Russia, Religion, US, UK News, World news, US news, Islam, The far right, Philadelphia, Robinson, Tommy Robinson, UK Independence party (Ukip


The far right will try to exploit any Brexit outcome. We can’t let it happen | Owen Jones

The next chapter in this crisis will be ugly as Tommy Robinson casts himself as the leader of ‘betrayed’ leave votersBritain in 2018 has the feel of a Netflix drama approaching its season finale. It’s the classic “how on earth does anyone get out of this one?” kind of cliffhanger, with all of the key protagonists confronted by their nemesis. Despite the unpredictability inherent in one of Britain’s most severe peacetime political crises, there is one plotline guaranteed to feature when you next ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, Netflix, Britain, Foreign Policy, The far right, Article 50, Brexit, Owen Jones, Tommy Robinson


Liberals, learn the politics of emotion to beat right-wing populists | Paul Mason

Attachment to place and identity can be part of a radical democratic project that speaks to people’s heartsIn Europe, the United States and Brazil, authoritarian nationalism is sweeping to power through a mixture of negative emotion and elite connivance. But this is no mere re-run of the 1930s. In the first place, unlike in Germany, Italy and Spain at the incipient moments of their dictatorships, the existing elites neither want nor need fascism. Their problem is that they don’t know how to figh...
Tags: Europe, Politics, France, Economics, Spain, UK News, World news, United States, Netherlands, Brazil, The far right, Marine Le Pen, Podemos, Paul Mason, Germany Italy, Matteo Salvini


How populism became the concept that defines our age | Cas Mudde

The spread of this idea reflects a deep and lasting change in the way we view ‘the people’ and ‘the elites’“Populism” as a term was rarely used in the 20th century; it was limited to US historians describing, in highly specific terms, the original agrarian populists of the mid-19th century. Latin American social scientists (often Marxists) focused it primarily on the Peronists in Argentina. I only started to really engage with the term in the mid-1990s, while researching my dissertation on what ...
Tags: Politics, US, UK News, World news, Argentina, The far right, Silvio Berlusconi, Marine Le Pen, Syriza, Podemos


Steve Bannon: I want to drive a stake through the Brussels vampire

Former Trump adviser invites the Guardian to shadow him as he sets about his plan to forge a new populist ‘super-group’ in EuropeSteve Bannon was forecasting chaos. “It will be like the intensity of Brexit,” he said, “which came over like a summer storm.” It was a humid day in mid-July and in a Mayfair hotel room he was relaying his plan to support rightwing, populist parties in next year’s European parliament elections.“The beating heart of the globalist project is in Brussels,” he said. “If I ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, World news, US news, The far right, Mayfair, Brussels, European elections, Trump, Steve Bannon, EuropeSteve Bannon


Bannon's Europe plan: a look at the law in his 13 targeted countries

European electoral laws bar ex-Trump adviser operating in at least nine of his target statesSteve Bannon thought his offer to help nationalist, populist parties competing in the 2019 European elections would be irresistible. “I think we will get them all onboard,” he told the Guardian in July, shortly before his Brussels-based initiative, the Movement, was launched.But research by the Guardian has shown that electoral law prevents the former Donald Trump strategist from providing polling service...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Sweden, European Union, World news, US news, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Party funding, Guardian, Denmark, The far right, Brussels, Donald Trump, Trump


Why is populism suddenly all the rage?

In 1998, about 300 Guardian articles mentioned populism. In 2016, 2,000 did. What happened? • Revealed: how populists tripled their vote EuropePopulism is sexy. Particularly since 2016 – the year of the Brexit referendum and the election of Donald Trump – it seems as if journalists just cannot get enough of it. In 1998, the Guardian published about 300 articles that included the terms “populism” or “populist”. In 2015, these terms were used in about 1,000 articles, and one year later this number...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Sweden, Greece, France, Spain, European Union, World news, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Finland, Denmark, The far right, Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen


MPs demand Facebook and Twitter remove 'abhorrent' far-right video

Yvette Cooper writes to tech giants about illegal video supporting banned National Action groupMPs have written to Facebook and Twitter demanding they take down an “abhorrent” video supporting and promoting the banned far-right organisation National Action.Yvette Cooper, writing on behalf of the home affairs select committee, told the social media giants it was “completely unacceptable” that the video was still available on both platforms despite being taken down by YouTube. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, UK News, World news, Yvette Cooper, The far right, Jo Cox


Angela Merkel prepares for second electoral disaster in Hesse

Dip in support for Christian Democrats and Social Democrats could spell danger for chancellor’s grand coalitionGermany’s ruling parties are bracing for a second electoral disaster within a fortnight as polls for Sunday’s regional election in Hesse suggest that voters will punish Angela Merkel’s shaky coalition government.Sunday’s vote could plunge Germany’s grand coalition into a fresh crisis, with polls showing a nosedive in support for both Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and coalition part...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Germany, Angela Merkel, World news, Merkel, The far right, Christian Democrats, Christian Democrats CDU, Hesse, Social Democrats SPD


German parties prepare for second electoral shock in Hesse

Dip in support for Christian Democrats and Social Democrats could spell danger for chancellor’s grand coalitionGermany’s ruling parties are bracing for a second electoral disaster within a fortnight as polls for Sunday’s regional election in Hesse suggest that voters will punish Angela Merkel’s shaky coalition government.Sunday’s vote could plunge Germany’s grand coalition into a fresh crisis, with polls showing a nosedive in support for both Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and coalition part...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Germany, Angela Merkel, World news, Merkel, The far right, Christian Democrats, Christian Democrats CDU, Hesse, Social Democrats SPD


Populism is not the whole story – European politics is rewiring itself | Cas Mudde

Don’t be distracted by ‘earthquakes’ in recent elections. Swings to the far right or left are only one part of the bigger pictureAfter months of speculation about a “far-right surge” in Bavaria, the final result of the Alternative for Democracy (AfD), coming “just” fourth, with 10.2% of the vote, was a bit of an anticlimax. Not for many international media, however, which quickly shifted gear to their other favourite frames. As US media went for their familiar “political earthquake” frame, right...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Germany, Angela Merkel, US, World news, The far right, Bavaria


Britain’s magical thinking won’t make the EU accept the impossible | Rafael Behr

Brussels’ Brexit policy has always been clear. We’re in this mess because British politicians never took it seriouslyAt every step of the Brexit process, there has been a reliable way to predict what the European Union will do. This technique yields top intelligence on the motives of the key continental players. It is devilishly simple, too. The trick is to listen to what they actually say.The inevitable dynamic of the negotiations was spelled out even before the referendum result was known. Ang...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Angela Merkel, Eu, European Union, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, The far right, Boris Johnson, Brussels, Article 50, Brexit, Rafael Behr


AfD tells German pupils to denounce teachers who discuss political views

Far-right party accused of adopting tactics used during Nazi and Communist erasSchool pupils in Germany are being urged by the far-right Alternative für Deutschland party (AfD) to denounce teachers who express a political opinion.Neutral Schools, an online portal, has been launched as a pilot project in Hamburg and the AfD has announced plans to roll out the scheme across the country. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Germany, World news, The far right, Hamburg


How we roasted Donald Duck, Disney's agent of imperialism | Ariel Dorfman

When Ariel Dorfman co-wrote a book finding colonialist intent in the actions of a well-loved cartoon character, it got burned in Chile’s streets and earned him death threats. Now it’s back – and newly relevant in the ‘pre-fascist’ Trump era. He explains whyI should not have been entirely surprised when I saw How to Read Donald Duck, a book I had written with the Belgian sociologist Armand Mattelart, being burned on TV by Chilean soldiers. It was mid-September 1973 and a military coup had just to...
Tags: Books, Publishing, Politics, Media, Activism, Protest, Film, Americas, US news, Culture, Illustration, Art and design, Chile, Socialism, Colonialism, The far right


Don’t believe the doomsayers. Here is Europe’s good news | Natalie Nougayrède

Not enough attention is paid to young pro-democracy, pro-EU activists. They don’t make headlines, but they matterSo, as it turns out, the far right did not swamp Sweden in Sunday’s election. Beware doom-laden forecasts about Europe: sometimes they bear less relation to reality than to the ideology of those who seek to undermine the European project, have deep qualms about it, or just think it’s going to the dogs. Loud, scary headlines make for more clicks. Polarised discourses breed oversimplifi...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Sweden, US, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, The far right, Donald Trump, Brexit, Natalie Nougayrède, Brexit Trump


Tony Blair has 'friendly, positive meeting' with Italy's Matteo Salvini

Far-right minister believed to have discussed Azerbaijani gas pipeline project with ex-PMTony Blair has held a meeting with the Italian far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, during which the pair are believed to have discussed controversial plans to extend a gas pipeline from Azerbaijan to southern Italy.The Italian minister had previously said he was willing to hear the former British prime minister’s views on the Trans Adriatic Pipeline, an Azerbaijan-backed project on which Blair has w...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, Oil, World news, Commodities, Italy, Refugees, Tony Blair, Azerbaijan, The far right, Blair, Matteo Salvini, Trans Adriatic Pipeline



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