EU File: Fascism resurgent amidst Eurocrisis: France’s front-running presidential candidate Marine Le Pen addresses National Front conference in Lyon, formally announces bid for April 23 vote/May 7 run-off, blasts “twin totalitarianisms” of globalism, Islam, vows to withdraw France from EU (“Frexit”), NATO’s integrated command, enshrine “national preference” for Frenchmen/women in constitution; 5,000 party followers chant: “On est chez nous” (“We are in our land”); FN deputy chief urges scandal-plagued center-right rival Francois Fillon to bow out of race; Dutch nationalist leader Geert Wilders found guilty of hate speech in Dec. ruling, but no penalty imposed; Wilders’ Party for Freedom poised to win March 15 parliamentary vote, vows to withdraw Netherlands from EU (“Nexit”), impose permanent ban on Koran and Muslim immigration; Brexit-backing PM Theresa May defends decision to host Trump state visit, but 150 British lawmakers sign symbolic motion calling for ban on US president addressing parliament, Labour MP calls Trump “fascist”; personal vehicle of police chief of Uppsala, Sweden explodes outside residence as colleagues across country quit in droves, police forces lower “intelligence requirements” to attract recruits; meanwhile, Swedish patriots, angered by country’s status as (Islamic) “rape capital of the West,” join neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement
February 6, 2017
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President Trump is not a fascist, but he is a right-wing populist. There are important differences, which some honest leftists correctly acknowledge. Nevertheless, Trump-admiring nationalists who have repackaged their neo-fascist origins as populism are poised to assume power in Europe.