By Daniel Szewc | Poland
Nigel Farage, alongside former mayor of London Boris Johnson, the most famous leader of the EU “Leave” camp and for many, the champion of British independence, has decided to leave the UKIP amidst internal crisis.
Not a day after Suzanne Evans, former UKIP deputy chair appealed to Nigel Farage to join her and leave UKIP, the right-populist party that formed to help the United Kingdom leave the European Union. Farage has yet to release a statement regarding a direct motive. However, some assume it is due to the acceptance of former far-right English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson into the party.
It also may be due to the party’s recent enlargement. In growing in scope, the UKIP is welcoming anti-Islamic campaigners. Moreover, they have included controversial figures such as Mark Meechan, better known as “Count Dankula” and Paul Joseph Watson from the right-leaning side of YouTube. As with all internet beings coming into politics, their involvement has caused the tectonics of the party to slowly shift for the last couple of months. This likely all culminated in Farage’s decision to quit his party.
Just yesterday on LBC radio, Farage said that he’d be willing to risk a second referendum. This shows a major change in stance since November when he swore to boycott such a vote. It is unreasonable to suggest that external forces caused him to change his mind so drastically. There also is no evidence that he holds any key inside information about Brexit or another issue. Thus, the reasons for Farage cutting himself away from the UKIP are currently unclear.
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By Colin Louis | U.S.
All around the globe nationalism is on the rise. The ideas of right wing populism and nationalism are starting to grow into large movements all over the free world. People are beginning to shift to these ideas. The following five countries are turning nationalist.
5. The UK
Recently, the U.K has shown signs of shifting further to the nationalist right. The Brexit vote provided evidence that the UK is moving further towards nationalism and populism. Brexit clearly signals that nationalism and euroskepticism is on a significant rise in the U.K. The recent UKIP leadership election could help them continue this.
Irish politics serves as a reminder that nationalism comes in different forms. In the case of Ireland, it’s left nationalism with much momentum. The concept of left nationalism is a form of socialism mixed with nationalism, not to be confused with National Socialism, which is a far more authoritarian belief. Sinn Féin, led by Garry Adams, won around 14% of the vote in the recent 2016 election. Sinn Féin did very well compared to its past performance and that of other less nationalist parties. 14% might not sound like much, but the ruling party, Fine Gael, only received around 36% of the vote.
In the most recent German elections, the new nationalist party, Alternative Für Deutschland (AFD), won a considerable amount of seats in the German parliament. This sent a signal to incumbent Chancellor, Angela Merkel, that the German people are moving further from the European Union and her administration. Germany has always attempted to stray away from their Nazi history and refrain from nationalist movements. Although the election of AFD provides evidence that Germany is losing this mindset.
The recent election of Donald Trump as President of the United States signals a shift further towards his movement of American nationalism. The policies Trump promised he would put in place, such as protectionist trade deals with China, are designed to put America over the rest of the world. The movement Trump sparked now runs rampant through the Republican Party. The Republican Party didn’t necessarily hold these views until Trump nearly hijacked the party. His America first movement destroyed the Party establishment and put these ideas into action.
The one that may surprise people the most is the Netherlands. The once center left nation recently took a swing right in the 2017 elections when Garret Wilders and the Party for Freedom ran a hard anti Islam and European Union campaign. Wilders has come out in support of banning the Koran, even going as far as to compare the book to Mein Kampf. Wilder’s Party won enough seats to place them as the opposition party in the Dutch House of Representatives. Even parties that have never run a hard line anti- Islam campaign are shifting in support of more nationalist ideas. Prime Minister Mark Rutte put out an advertisement that stated, “act normal or leave.” Rutte later said that this wasn’t meant to attack ethnic groups, but instead people who did not share their values. This signals that Wilder’s nationalist movement has spread most everywhere in the Netherlands.