Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Politics 2017: Battleground Europe


The year 2017 - I promise you, this will the last time I will use this intro - has properly started and there a lot of things to be very excited about and some things not so much. So one of the things that is going to happen in the coming year - as it does in every year - are elections. Let's talk politics for a bit, shall we?


The last year we have seen something peculiar and bit strange. We have witnessed Brexit and the American elections. I'm not intending to talk about that, I mean let's focus on the 'tasks' ahead, but it's an interesting phenomena that the popular, far right movement is getting more and more votes. There is this feeling about it that the governments have not treated the people well and we have to take matters in our own hands. At least that's what the people try to tell us right?

The reason why I want to talk about this is that in the coming months, for three quite important countries, there are elections ahead. I'm talking of the founding fathers of the political union of Europe: France, Germany and The Netherlands.

I'm not sure what I want to say with this blogpost, but it's definitely interesting to see how the whole of Europe reacts to the things in the world. After Brexit and the US Elections, its' far to say that far-populistic-right parties have grown in Europe and Anti-Europe sentiment has grown too.

In Germany we see a same movement. Key events were the terror attacks, the refugee crisis and Europe. Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU is losing more and more percentage of  the votes and the reason for that is that the AfD or Alternative für Deutschland (Alternative for Germany) is gaining more and more votes. They are Anti-Europe and the whole Brexit situation and the refugee crises has only made them grow more. It's a party to look at the next elections.

In France, well. It may be old new, but Front National is getting really big and it has frightened many in France and beyond. Le Pen has been known for her antisemitism, anti immigrant and anti Europe sentiments. She is winning more and more votes, because the French people see that the left president Hollande is failing to propose any good solutions for the different tragedies the country had to endure over the last 2 years.

One of the first countries to react to Brexit was The Netherlands. A part of the people - it's not clear what percentage - felt very positive about the results and wanted to have a 'Nexit'. Bloody stupid people, because something like that could never happen over here. Simply because we are in a very different political climate. But it has lead to the growth of the Freedom Party and it's likely that this party will get a lot of votes in the next election.

This blogpost doesn't make sense, I know. But I want to think about the consequences of our actions, I want you to think about what this could mean for the world. We see left parties failing to get a grip and having to restructure everything, but on the other hand we see traditional rightwing and conservative parties losing to extreme parties as well. It's an interesting phenomena.

How do you think the next year will go? What will happen in Europe? What are you happy/scared of?

Marc


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  1. I think all this is terribly scary and I'd rather not think about it. I hope and pray that it won't be too bad, but also, I see awful similarities to the 1930's, and people haven't learned anything from what happened then.
    But I hope this year won't be as bad as I think. I have some interesting plans however.

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    1. True, I also hope it wont be too bad, the anti-europe sentiment is growing and growing. Well I agree that it's very scary, however I also think that the world is another place right now than in the 1930's, I think people have learnt a lot since then, because there is much debate and different opposition to those frightening ideas. I have faith in a good outcome, how dark the days may seem.

      Marc

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