Once more, Europe feels numb for the electoral result of a member country of the Union. The first-time admission of a “far-right” party to the German parliament has sounded the alarm of the future of Europe.
As usual, Europe, which all this time has helped establish the far-right arguments and the presence of far-right parties in the European parliaments, appeared unable to react, marginalise and isolate the far-right rhetoric.
For years now, even in the European Parliament, there have been extreme right-wing structures. The presence of the National Front in France, Nigel Farage in the United Kingdom, even the Greek Golden Dawn, failed to mobilize, sensitize the democratic parties, until only when they came close to gaining power and threatened the systemic political establishment.
The outcome of the German elections confirms once again that the traditional political world Europe has built since the Second World War is strongly contested by the citizens.
Germany is entering a period of instability, which, as the facts show so far, will be a long one, something which will of course affect the EU. This means the many open issues Europe has to deal with will only intensify by Germany’s instability that will last at least until the establishment of a new government in the country.
Brexit’s management, the secessionist trends in Catalonia and the viability of the Rajoy Government, the coming elections in Italy, are top priorities for the EU, which remains virtually “headless” after to the outcome of the German elections. Emmanuel Macron has a lot of trouble to manage in France in order to be able to provide solutions or even slow down the developments.
The question that becomes even stronger now is the future of the EU. Traditional parties have collapsed in almost all European countries. The effort of politicians to save their “petty shops” allows the right-wing structures to become actively involved in political life.
The electoral clientele traditional parties appeal to, to return to their party bases is the wrong approach. Everything points to the fact that the electorate does not want to be clients but active participants.
The sooner this is understood by the leaders of the traditional parties in Europe, there may be hope for their parties as well as for the citizens.
Unfortunately, in the name of Democracy and the citizens, the policies to date have been aimed only at the economy and the prosperity of the numbers, not of the citizens. Perhaps, albeit late, it might be time for the EU to redefine its policy./IBNA