Trump Fires Up Europe’s Anti-Establishment Movement

Inspired by the inauguration of U.S. President Donald J. Trump, the leaders of Europe’s main anti-establishment parties have held a pan-European rally aimed at coordinating a political strategy to mobilize potentially millions of disillusioned voters in upcoming elections in Germany, the Netherlands and France.

Appearing together in public for the first time, Marine Le Pen, leader of the French National Front, Frauke Petry, leader of the Alternative for Germany (AfD), Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV), Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy’s Northern League and Harald Vilimsky of Austria’s Freedom Party gathered on January 21 at a rally in Koblenz, Germany, where they called on European voters to participate in a “patriotic spring” to topple the European Union, reassert national sovereignty and secure national borders.

The two-hour rally was held under the banner of the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF), a group established in June 2015 by Members of the European Parliament from nine counties to oppose European federalism and the transfer of political power from voters to unelected bureaucrats in Brussels, the de facto capital of the European Union.

Referring to the June 2016 decision by British voters to leave the European Union, and the rise of President Donald Trump in the United States, Le Pen said:

“We are living through the end of one world, and the birth of another. We are experiencing the return of nation-states. 2016 was the year the Anglo-Saxon world woke up. 2017, I am sure, will be the year in which the peoples of the European continent rise up.”

Wilders added:

“The world is changing. America is changing. Europe is changing. It started last year with Brexit, yesterday there was Trump and today the freedom-loving parties gathered in Koblenz are making a stand. The genie will not go back into the bottle again, whether you like it or not. The people of the West are awakening. They are throwing off the yoke of political correctness.”

Polls indicate that the political sea change engulfing the United States is fueling support for anti-establishment parties in Europe. In addition to anger over eroding sovereignty, a growing number of Europeans are rebelling against decades of government-imposed multiculturalism, politically correct speech codes and mass migration from the Muslim world.

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Ukip a political force? In the 2010 general election, Nigel Farage lost to a candidate dressed as a dolphin

Two days in a row, and Ukip is ahead of the Liberal Democrats in the polls. According to YouGov, while just 8 per cent of people say they would vote for Nick Clegg’s party, 9 per cent say they would vote for Nigel Farage’s. According to lots of influential Tory-leaning writers – from our own Iain Martin through to ConHome’s Tim Montgomerie – this is something that ought to worry that Conservative Party. Daniel Hannan is so worried that he reckons that the two parties should merge – and then immediately hold a referendum on our EU membership.

I’m not convinced. Ukip is a party without grassroots. In total, it controls one council, in the market town of Ramsey in Cambridgeshire, which has a population of 6,000. That’s one tenth of one constituency. By contrast, the Green Party – which does much less well in national polls – is the biggest party in Brighton, a city of 150,000, and is close to controlling Norwich council too. It has an MP in Parliament – Caroline Lucas – who appears to be quite popular, and a well-motivated grassroots force. Ignore the polls – the Green Party is a bigger political force than Ukip.

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