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El Pais: The far right threatens Europe

A Siv Jensen, la incendiaria líder del Partido del Progreso noruego, se le mojó la pólvora al saber que Anders Behring Breivik, el asesino de Oslo, había militado durante años en sus filas. "Duele saberlo", comentó cuando le dieron la noticia. "Lo que ha ocurrido es una terrible tragedia y lo importante es que los noruegos estemos juntos". Jensen se encuentra ahora en el centro del escenario, bajo unos focos que la muestran en nutrida compañía de líderes y partidos extremistas europeos, que cazan a placer votos de un electorado a la defensiva por la crisis económica y defraudado por una Unión Europea que no solo no resuelve sus problemas sino que sacrifica en el altar de la globalización puestos de trabajo cada vez más escasos. El extremismo político, tintado de nacionalismo y xenofobia, ha dejado de ser tabú cuando políticos tan respetables como Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel o David Cameron juegan con la idea de que "el multiculturalismo ha fracasado completamente", como mantiene la canciller alemana. Políticos clásicos y radicales pugnan por ese electorado como en una subasta, lo que permite a los analistas aventurar que las ideas extremas modelarán el debate político en Europa.
Learnng that Anders Behring Breivik, the Oslo murderer, had for years been an activist among her ranks, wetted the gunpowder of Siv Jensen, the incendiary leade or the Norwegian Progress Party. "What happened is a terrible tragedy and what's important is that we Norwegians remain together". Jensen is now in centre-stage, in a limelight showing her in the company of a large number of extremist parties and leaders, catching votes from an electorate at the defensive due to the economic crisis and disappointed by a European Union which not only does not solve their problems but sacrifices ever scarcer jobs on the altar of globalization. Political extremism, coloured by nationalism and xenophobia, is no longer taboo when politicians as respectable [sic] as Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel or David Cameron toy with the idea that "multiculturalism has completely failed", as the German Chancellor maintains. Classical and radical politicians fight for that electorate as in an auction, which allows analysts to guess that extreme ideas will shape Europe's political debate.


Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jul 25th, 2011 at 01:53:19 AM EST
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