Radical right (Europe)  

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"[Europe's new far right] has made a very public break with the symbols of the old right’s past, distancing themselves from skinheads, neo-Nazis and homophobes. They have also deftly co-opted the causes, policies and rhetoric of their opponents. They have sought to outflank the left when it comes to defending a strong welfare state and protecting social benefits that they claim are threatened by an influx of freeloading migrants.

They have effectively claimed the progressive causes of the left – from gay rights to women’s equality and protecting Jews from antisemitism – as their own, by depicting Muslim immigrants as the primary threat to all three groups. As fear of Islam has spread, with their encouragement, they have presented themselves as the only true defenders of western identity and western liberties – the last bulwark protecting a besieged Judeo-Christian civilisation from the barbarians at the gates."[1]--Sasha Polakow-Suransky

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In political science, the terms radical right and populist right have been used to refer to the range of European right-wing parties that have grown in support since the late 1970s. Populist right wing groups have shared a number of causes, which typically include opposition to globalization, criticism of immigration and multiculturalism, opposition to the European Union, and social conservatism.

The ideological spectrum of the radical right extends from right-wing populism to white nationalism and neo-fascism. A number of commentators suggest that links to far right movements are overplayed by the media, avoiding dealing with the populist appeal of anti-globalization movements.


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