While some may be surprised, the shift was predictable (in fact, I predicted it in my last book): worsening economic conditions have stoked growing xenophobia, even in countries that have in recent years welcomed outsiders with open arms. Naturally, that has fomented the rise of political movements and parties that feed on those sentiments, as The Economist reveals in "The Far Right in Northern Europe: On the March":
Populist anti-immigration parties are performing strongly across northern Europe
FRANCE is not the only European country suffering a far-right surge. In an arc of countries spreading north-east from the Netherlands, populist parties are cutting a swathe through politics, appealing to electorates with various blends of nationalism, Euroscepticism (and euro-scepticism) and outright xenophobia.