The Big Players In Europe’s Political Far Right

On September 19, 2014 by Tim Newman

Greece – Golden Dawn

Greece Golden Dawn

Golden Dawn have arguably had more press than the other parties mentioned here. As Greece lumbers out of the economic tsunami it’s left with a lot of angry and desperate people, some of which, it seems, are finding solace in racism.

The party claims to be non-criminal and non-Nazi but… they kind of are though. They praise Nazi big players from WWII and use the swastika liberally, so…

Golden Dawn are the third biggest party in Greece despite many of their senior members being locked up in jail for being part of criminal organizations. In 2014 they got almost 10% of the country’s votes.

Right Wing Europe - Golden Dawn - Nikolaos Michaloliako

An off shoot of Golden Dawn – Galazia Stratia – busy themselves with policing Greek football games, basically beating up fans that are “disrespectful of Greece”. Whether directly involved or only by association there have been numerous murders and beatings under the Golden Dawn banner.

Golden Dawn’s Secretary General Nikolaos Michaloliakos (above) is no Snow White… Following the fatal stabbing of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas in 2013, Michaloliakos was arrested along with several other Golden Dawn members on the charges of being involved in a criminal organization. The charges brought against him included murder, extortion, and involvement in the disappearance of up to 100 immigrants. He currently remains in jail awaiting trial.

Hungary – Jobbik

Members of the Jobbik "Hungarian Guard" participate in an inauguration ceremony in Budapest's Heroes Square

Jobbik from Hungary managed 14.7% of the votes in 2009 and 3 MEPs. They want there to be an official Jewish register in their country so that Jews can be tracked and accounted for at all times –

I think such a conflict makes it timely to tally up people of Jewish ancestry who live here, especially in the Hungarian Parliament and the Hungarian government, who, indeed, pose a national security risk to Hungary.

Sandor Porzse (below), a prominent member of Jobbik, told a French website in a 2012 interview that Hungarians “are victims of a Jewish conspiracy to colonise our land and rob our resources”.

Right Wing Europe - Jobbik Hungary Sandor Porzse

In 2014 Tibor Ágoston, the deputy chairman of Jobbik’s Debrecen and Hajdú-Bihar County organisation, referred to the Holocaust as “holoscam”.

Italy – Lega Nord

Right Wing Europe - Lega Nord - Italy

Lega Nord in Italy, a nation which has struggled with racism for many years, get 6% of votes. One of its ex-MEPs let this pretty unbelievable quote loose on the general public… “Africa hasn’t produced great geniuses as anyone can see from a Mickey Mouse encyclopaedia,”

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