A party founded by Nazis just lost the Austrian election — barely

Austria’s far-right Freedom Party was founded in 1956, its leadership full of former Nazis. Though it has twice been part of coalition governments, the party has been relatively marginal in Austrian politics. But it just came within a hair’s breadth of winning control of Austria’s presidency. In runoff results announced on Monday morning, the Freedom Party … More A party founded by Nazis just lost the Austrian election — barely

Far-right AfD says Islam not welcome in Germany

Religion not compatible with constitution, says anti-immigration party which also proposes banning minarets and burqas. Members of the far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) have backed an election manifesto that says Islam is not compatible with the constitution. Delegates at the party’s conference on Sunday also supported a call to ban minarets on mosques and … More Far-right AfD says Islam not welcome in Germany

Canada shows how to deal with the world’s Donald Trumps: Just ignore them.

This week, a right-wing populist delivered fiery speeches in North America, inveighing against political correctness, globalization and the threat of radical Islam. The politician, who could even be elected president one day, said the powers-that-be were not taking the Muslim peril seriously and warned of the dangers of letting in Syrian refugees. “Whoever condemns Islamic fundamentalism is accused of Islamophobia,” … More Canada shows how to deal with the world’s Donald Trumps: Just ignore them.

Alternative for Germany: The anti-immigration party even scarier than Donald Trump

Alternative for Germany’s leader Frauke Petry has called on German police to shoot refugees entering the country ‘if necessary’ Through calls to ban Muslims from the US and build walls across the Mexican border, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has become the poster boy for an anti-immigration rhetoric sweeping through Western politics. And now, a … More Alternative for Germany: The anti-immigration party even scarier than Donald Trump

Rise of AfD is about more than the refugee crisis, but Angela Merkel is no more secure for that

The attributes for which the German Chancellor has long been praised now appear to be at the root of her difficulties There is little schadenfreude to be savoured from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s humbling in the country’s local elections. The remarkable gains of the anti-immigration party Alternative für Deutschland in all three electoral states points … More Rise of AfD is about more than the refugee crisis, but Angela Merkel is no more secure for that

Revealed: the neo-Nazi manifesto targeting single mothers and mentally ill that AfD doesn’t want you to see

Alternative Fur Deutschland has been attracting voters as though it were a mainstream party. But a leak of its policies – including targeting the mentally ill and single mothers – has exposed the scale of its extremism A leaked election manifesto has revealed that Germany’s vote-winning new anti-immigrant party has plans for draconian laws which would discriminate against … More Revealed: the neo-Nazi manifesto targeting single mothers and mentally ill that AfD doesn’t want you to see

Poland’s disturbing tilt to the right

North Americans have been slow to grasp that Europe’s familiar, centrist, European Union-centered political order is endangered. Poland’s new government could deliver a wake-up call. It’s been just a few months since Beata Szydlo, a mild-mannered parliamentarian from the right-wing Law and Justice party, was sworn in as the country’s prime minister. During that time, … More Poland’s disturbing tilt to the right