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This is the tenth article in our series Trouble on the­ Far-Right. For more information on the series, please click here.
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by Angélique Kourounis

How can a racist party that was getting less than 0.­­2% of the vote for years, enter parliament with 18 MPs? How can a party that promotes violence, hate, sexism and murders amplify its reach after each pogrom? How can Golden Dawn remain the third political power in Greece for four years? And what’s in the mind of a Golden Dawner?

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This is the second article in our series Trouble on the­ Far-Right. For more information on the series, please click here.
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by Liz Fekete

Since 2011 signs have been multiplying in Europe of a far right grassroots insurgency in the making. And there were signals, too, of a racist insurrection: arson attacks, petrol bombs, paramilitary and vigilante activities, and the stockpiling of weapons. The first major indication of the far right’s capacity for mass murder came from Norway on 22 July 2011. Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people, mainly teenagers, whom he shot dead at the Labour Party youth summer camp on Oslo’s Utøya Island. At his trial, Breivik described the youngsters he so cruelly murdered as ‚traitors‘ who had embraced immigration in order to promote an ‘Islamic colonization of Norway‘.

Breivik’s actions, set against the backcloth of his 1,500-page manifesto, 2083: A European Declaration of Independence, sent out to 1,003 people he considered fellow travellers ninety minutes before he embarked on his killing spree, should have alerted people to the dangerous ideological underpinnings of Europe’s defence leagues, pro-identity and anti-Islam movements that were mushrooming across Europe. These cheerleaders for more and more wars in the Muslim world, which can broadly be described as counter-jihadism, began to emerge during the Gulf War but became more visible and vocal after the events of 11 September 2001. For a variety of reasons, the threat posed by these ultra-patriot movements was not taken seriously enough nor was there any reflection on the wider political context that was nourishing the far right.

Von Maik Fielitz

Dass die russische Führung auf der Suche nach Verbündeten in Europa auch auf die extreme Rechte zurückgreift, wurde bereits mehrfach diskutiert und analysiert. Ebenso wurde deutlich, dass ganz verschiedene Akteure jenes heterogenen Zielpublikums in Russland wiederum den Hegemon sehen, an dessen Seite sie gegen die ‚neue Weltordnung‘ oder ‚westliche Werte‘ aufbegehren möchten. Die autoritäre Durchsetzung des nationalen / völkischen Interesses im Blick, verweist jenes Spektrum auf die Ideologie des Neo-Eurasismus als Anknüpfungspunkt für außen- und sicherheitspolitische Überlegungen. Die griechische Golden Dawn als stärkste Vertreterin des militanten Flügels der extremen Rechten Europas fügt jener strategischen Russophilie eine historisch-kulturelle Komponente hinzu und unterstreicht damit ihre revisionistischen Ansprüche.

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