‘Deep Political Crisis’: Why Right-Wing Parties Are So Popular in Europe

Thursday, April 6, 2017
By Paul Martin


According to a survey conducted by TNS Global for Sputnik, many Europeans associate the growing popularity of the right-wing parties with the indifference of the authorities.

“Many respondents explained their choice by saying that ‘for a long period of time all mainstream parties offered almost identical political programs.’ That is, we are witnessing a deep crisis of the existing system and the current political order. The loss of confidence in politicians and the entire social system is the root cause, and the dissatisfaction with the influx of immigrants can be seen as its consequence,” political expert Avigdor Eskin wrote for RIA Novosti.

For his turn, political expert Alexander Kamkin said in an interview with Sputnik that the migration crisis has become the last straw for the Europeans.

Kamkin argued that the growth of right-wing sentiments in Europe started many years ago, but the recent refugee crisis “was just too much.”

“The migration crisis has been the last straw, but the growth of right-wing sentiments could have been observed before that. These sentiments cover a very wide spectrum, including fears of excessive migration flows, and attempts to preserve some national traditions,” Kamkin told Sputnik.

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