Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Oui: The centre-right Les Républicains...

Can we please stop repeating that bullshit?
(just like the one about Macron's En Marche being "Centre-Left". Sheesh...)

LR, UMP before that, has always been conservative EPP right wing. After Chirac, under Sarkozy, it lurched to the right, a move even more pronounced after the 2007 elections, when "moderates" elements like Le Maire, Philippe or Darmanin joined the Macron cabinet and new boss Wauquiez decided to compete on the hard right anti-immigrant rhetoric with Le Pen. Went swimmingly.

by Bernard on Mon May 27th, 2019 at 06:24:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Though it's often really only a few people who do boring reactionaries rebranding for them:
Opinion | Meet the Renegades of the Intellectual Dark Web - The New York Times
By Bari Weiss

I forgot who inflicted the term "altt-right" on us?

by generic on Mon May 27th, 2019 at 08:00:55 PM EST
[ Parent ]
IIRC, alt-right started during the Bush years as an umbrella term for the US groups on the right that were not neoconservative. Including, but not limited to the neo-nazis. During Obama, the need for a anti-neoconservative group on the right disappeared and the various groups abandoned the alt-right camp. Except the neo-nazis who found a re-branding useful, as many react negatively to nazis. In combination, ironic nazism develops on 4chan). With Trump elected Spencer takes a victory lap and claims a victory for the alt-right.

So it is probably Spencer you are looking for. And gullible (or evil) journalists who can't or won't see that the proper name isn't alt-right, it's neo-nazism.

by fjallstrom on Mon May 27th, 2019 at 08:50:51 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I certainly don't remember the term from the Bush years. I'm not really looking for Spencer, but I remember there was a comparable friendly portrait of him in one of those supposedly high quality publications.
by generic on Mon May 27th, 2019 at 09:06:32 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Could it be Washington Post in November 2016 - https:/www.washingtonpost.com/local/lets-party-like-its-1933-inside-the-disturbing-alt-right-world- of-richard-spencer/2016/11/22/cf81dc74-aff7-11e6-840f-e3ebab6bcdd3_story.html - they certainly use it as a descriptor, while just months earlier Mother Jones needed to explain the term - https:www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/08/stephen-bannon-donald-trump-alt-right-breitbart-news
by fjallstrom on Tue May 28th, 2019 at 10:59:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]
You should be careful with casting the net for enemies of the people so widely ;-]

by das monde on Tue Jun 4th, 2019 at 06:15:04 PM EST
[ Parent ]
My intention was to explain the switch in alliance in the European Parliament to illustrate the seats lost and seats gained.

All the bullshit in my post are quotes from linked news articles. I do appreciate you clarity on terminology.

However the Dutch party Democrats 66 of Sophie In 't Veld is liberal centrist left - relatively speaking- . It must be clear ALL political parties have moved to the right in compliance with the rhetoric of populist parties.

In Europe, nationalism rising | The Harvard Gazette - Feb. 2017 |

A new salience

Although the words populism and ethno-nationalism are often used interchangeably, they actually are distinctly different.

"Populism is a way of making political claims that oppose ostensibly `corrupt elites' with `the virtuous people,'" said Bart Bonikowski, a Harvard associate professor of sociology who studies populist and nationalist movements.

The left often labels big business and banking executives as elites, while the right typically targets the state itself and those who keep it running, like civil servants, bureaucrats, and elected officials, along with academics and other intellectuals, "whereas ethno-nationalism is ... a definition of the nation that excludes various ethnic, religious, and racial out-groups," he said.

Because populism is less an ideology than a form of political discourse, it is often attached to a variety of political ideologies, including nationalism.

"It's basically a strategy for mobilizing political support for whatever politicians' objectives might be," said Bonikowski. "It so happens that in Europe and the United States and elsewhere ... populism attached to ethno-nationalism has gained traction. But that doesn't mean the two things are the same or that they only occur with one another."

by Oui on Mon May 27th, 2019 at 08:04:10 PM EST
[ Parent ]
More coming up. With Israel getting close to the possibility of a new election, we'll get to hear lots of how Blue-White (no, not the Bayernpartei) is the "centrre-left".
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 28th, 2019 at 12:04:34 AM EST
[ Parent ]


Occasional Series