After the 8-year presidential term of Democrat Barack Obama, America has elected a Republican as the upcoming leader. In light of this and increasing globalization, it is interesting to consider the political trends of other parts of the world. In many parts of Europe, Republican political affiliation is similarly on the rise. According to a New York Times post, this may be attributed to a slow economy, sentiments toward the migrant crisis, and disillusionment with the EU.
In Germany in 2013, the first right-wing party since WWII appeared but narrowly missed earning seats in Parliament. Throughout the European migrant crisis, Germany has been known to be one of the most open and welcoming country to immigrants. However, association with the party shot up to 12% earlier this year, after the New Year’s Eve assaults in Cologne. Now, the party’s leader is calling for an armed border, reduction of mosques, and prohibition to Islam in the country.
Although only 21% of Austria’s National Council seats are held by members of the Freedom Party, the party’s campaign leader narrowly lost majority vote in the May election. The party centers on limiting rights for immigrants and putting “Austria first,” especially on the job market.
In Hungary, the third largest party is far-right, known as Jobbik, and led by Gabor Vona. Its goals are to talk more openly about controversial topics, spend more money to support Hungarians abroad, reduce immigration, and criminalize homosexuality. Graphs of these various countries’ increasing right-wing affiliation trends can be seen in the original article.