Rise of nationalism in Europe: An introduction through online media

Among all words in our vocabulary, nationalism could be one of the worst to hear in Europe

The history behind this word left an open wound in all Europeans after the Second War World that took time to heal, but the XXI century has shown that, unfortunately, the extremism has still space in our society.

Many newspapers have pointed the disruption of extremist right parties into the political field in Europe in the past year, motivated, above all, for the economic crisis, migration problems and the EU commands.

And this trend, that should affect more intensively to more unstable countries is hitting all Europe at once.

A really useful article by the BBC gives an overview in detail of what is happening in all those countries having a nationalist party  with remarkable number of voters.

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But, which are the human faces of these political movements? what do they claim? what do they want to accomplish?

The first and most notorious party from the beginning of the XXI century was the Golden Dawn in Greece. Founded by Nikos Michaloliakos, to fight the EU,being anti-Muslim and go against immigrants are some of his main claims, strongly motivated by the Greek situation during and after the economic crisis.

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Ilias Kasidiaris, Golden Dawn representative in the Parliament with the flag of the party, that reminds to the swastika

Marine Le Pen’s National Front Party (NF) in France is leading the pols for the presidential elections on April 23, one of the worst fear of Europe. The National Front, founded by Marine Le Pen father have leaded, in the last year, a tough campaign against Muslim in France and the arrival of Refugees to their country, above all after the numerous terrorist attack that have been suffering since 2015.

@MarienLePen Twitter account

And of course we can’t forget to keep mentioning UKIP, the National party that was under the leadership of Nigel Farage, who guided the UK to vote to leave the European Union to “get their country back”.

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Tweet from @Nigel_Farage Twitter account

Other leaders that have shake Europe in the past year positioning themselves as second of the third most powerful party have been Norbert Hofer in Nederland (Freedom Party), Jimmie Akesson in Sweden, (Sweden Democrat Party) or Gabor Vona in Hungary ( Jobbik party).

This matter is being a tough adversary to beat in Europe, and, just like Brexit in the UK, it is going to be a a long battle to cover by the media for the following years.

That is why I think that it would be interesting to make a visual project about this new political challenge in Europe, showing perspective, data and professional opinions to know what is happening and where are we going with this Neo-Nationalism.

Some resources to watch about Nationalism are the followings:

Also, some articles that you must read ( if you are interested in the matter):

Neonationalism theaten Europe

Europe rising far right

What is behind a rise in Ethnic Nationalism?

The masive rise of Neo-Nationalism

Is Europe lurching to the far right?

Thanks for reading! If you want to see some of my visual work covering this matter stay tune to my next posts.




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