Europe's new faultine

Malik, Kenan
http://kenanmalik.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/europes-new-faultline/

Publisher:  Pandaemonium
Date Written:  18/05/2014
Year Published:  2014  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX16335

The Front National is expected to win next week’s European election in France; UKIP may well do so in Britain. Both parties combine a visceral hostility to immigration with an acerbic loathing of the EU, a virulent nationalism and deeply conservative views on social issues such as gay marriage and women’s rights. The problems that such parties pose for mainstream politics goes, however, far beyond the odiousness of their policies. What their success expresses is the redrawing of the political map in Europe, and in ways in which mainstream parties often do not understand. The new populists seem to thrive on different political rules to mainstream parties.