In the Red: Failed Immigration Spells Doom for EU Socialists

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
By Paul Martin

Since the 80s, support for social democratic parties across Europe has fallen sharply. In the Netherlands, the Labor Party is bracing for a catastrophe election, which may come as a warning signal for its sister parties in other EU nations, following large-scale immigration and ham-handed integration attempts.

Only one eighth of the Dutch are prepared to cast their votes for the Labor Party (PvdA), which harvested 25 percent at the previous election and enjoyed around 35 percent of the vote at its heyday. These dismal figures for the Dutch Socialists are in no way unique, as many of the European reds are facing a steep downward spiral.

René Cuperus, senior researcher at the socialist-democratic think tank Wiardi Beckman Foundation, believes it is difficult to imagine how the disheartened Dutch socialists will rise again.

“Of course, they will not die out and disappear completely, but the party can become so marginalized that any ambition to bridge the gaps between different groups in society no longer makes sense,” RenĂ© Cuperus told the Norwegian daily Aftenposten.

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