Socialist Worker

Nazis make breakthroughs in Europe

Issue No. 2155

Several of the British National Party’s Nazi allies across Europe made a breakthrough in the elections.

A combination of the economic crisis, low turnout and racist anti-Roma and anti-immigrant campaigns led to a number of fascist victories.

Viciously anti-Roma party Jobbik came third in Hungary – picking up three out of the country’s 22 MEPs. BNP leader Nick Griffin recently spoke at a 5,000-strong Jobbik rally.

Speaking after the results were declared, Jobbik president Gabor Vona showed the racism at the party’s core. He warned, “Jobbik not only speaks, but will put words into action. Hungary belongs to the Hungarians.”

In Slovakia the fascists won their first seat in the country off the back of a record low 19.4 percent turnout.

In the Netherlands, Geert Wilders’ Dutch Freedom Party came second, winning four out of 25 European seats on the back of an anti-Muslim campaign.

The Austrian Freedom Party – another anti-Muslim, fascist organisation – doubled its vote to pick up 13 percent.

But it wasn’t all forward march. In France, for example, the fascist Front National lost four of its seats. It polled 6.5 percent – a 3.3 percentage point drop on the last European election.

And in the Czech Republic, the National Party, another key BNP ally, picked up less than 1 percent of the vote.

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