Monday, May 7, 2012

Is far right gaining ground in Europe?



London (CNN) -- The success of France's anti-euro National Front party in the first round of the country's presidential elections thrust the far right into the headlines.

A day later in the Netherlands, the refusal of the far-right Freedom Party to back austerity measures led the Dutch government to collapse.

Two very different scenarios, but with a common thread: the efforts of extremist parties to win support by plugging into popular discontent over the financial crisis, against the backdrop of a wider social unease and anti-immigrant sentiment.

Across Europe, anger at a perceived mismanagement of the economic crisis, and accompanying high unemployment, low growth and painful cuts, has seen the fall of half a dozen governments. Read More