What do the recent elections for the European Parliament tell us about political developments across the continent? Kate Aronoff tracks the rise of a new climate politics for the far right, which is embracing an ethno-nationalism that offers “protection from the ravages of climate breakdown for white Europeans.” Nicholas Mulder argues for a “two-pronged national-European strategy” for left-wing parties to counter both “an unaccountable and crisis-ridden process of elite bargaining” and a “carnival of brutal chauvinists.”
Looking at the situation in Germany, Lauren Stokes examines the collapse of the political center and the rise of “conflicts driven by incommensurable claims about the nature of the political community and the threat to its future—conflicts that have no natural stopping place if the business cycle no longer regulates politics.” Emmanuelle Reungoat and Colin Kinniburgh report from France, where the far right has cemented its place in a country where Euroskepticism has long loomed large. And Sławek Bilch surveys the continued rise of the Euroskeptic and populist right in Central and Eastern Europe.
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