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Why Is Europe Moving Rightward?

The surge of support for right-wing parties across Europe cannot be explained as the result of above-average immigration figures or dire economic conditions. Instead, European voters seem to be reacting to geopolitical turmoil and the sense that the prevailing political order is on its way out.

ROME – In the run-up to the European Parliament elections this June, the nativist right seems poised to gain ground across the continent, especially in key countries. Though the chauvinist wave extends from Portugal to Scandinavia, it is being driven mainly by right-wing parties in five core EU members that rejected nationalism more than 70 years ago.