far right parties

Santiago Abascal, the leader of Spain's far-right Vox party, delivers a speech during a rally southwest of Barcelona on Oct. 31.

The Left Will Govern Spain, but the Far-Right Is the Real Winner

Spain used to be seen as Europe’s exception due to its lack of an ultranationalist xenophobic party. Now the upstart Vox holds more than 50 seats in the parliament.

An armed Libyan coast guardsman stands on a boat after the interception of 147 migrants attempting to reach Europe near the coastal town of Zawiyah on June 27, 2017.

The West’s Obsession With Border Security Is Breeding Instability

In the name of fighting illegal immigration, the EU, the United States, and Australia are emboldening authoritarian regimes, fueling abuses and corruption, and stoking intolerance at home.

Demonstrators hold posters of U.S. President Donald Trump depicted as Adolf Hitler during the Women's March in Barcelona on Jan. 21.

Don’t Call Donald Trump a Fascist

What it means to brand today’s right-wing leaders with the F-word—and why you probably shouldn’t.

A woman walks past campaign posters for candidates of the Law and Justice party in Warsaw, Poland, on Oct. 9.

A Tale of Two Polands

The Law and Justice party is tapping into divides that have split the country for centuries—and will probably win this weekend’s elections because of it.

Riot police protect a pride parade amid risks of disruption by far-right opponents in Plock, central Poland, on Aug. 10.

In Poland’s Upcoming Election, the Law and Justice Party Is Demonizing the LGBT Community to Win

The party is likely to win the vote, but it may eventually lose the broader cultural fight.

Participants seen holding flags during the National Rosary

Why Poland’s Populists Keep Winning

PiS won by offering provincial voters social benefits that transformed their lives. If Poland’s opposition wants to defeat the illiberal ruling party, it will have to offer an alternative welfare state model.

Far-right activists carrying German and Saxon flags and chanting "Wir sind das Volk" (We are the people) cast shadows as they gather to protest against a planned refugee center on Nov. 14, 2013 in Roetha, Germany.

Putting Our Own People First

Defining “us” and “them” is crucial for the success of far-right parties, and the boundaries are constantly shifting.

Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini (L) holds a rosary as Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (R) delivers a speech in the Italian Senate in Rome, on Aug. 20.

Italy’s Great Schism

Italian Catholics are deeply divided between traditionalists and supporters of Pope Francis’s liberal vision. Matteo Salvini is seeking to give the Vatican’s detractors a new political home.

A Solidarity union supporter holds a sign as she and several thousands gather for an open-air Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II in Gdansk on June 12, 1987.

Donald Trump and the War for Polish History

The Law and Justice party is trying to reframe the fight against the Nazis and communism—and the U.S. president is a useful pawn.

An Italian Guardia di Finanza ship sails towards the Spanish migrant rescue NGO ship Open Arms to retrieve 27 unaccompanied minors and take them to the Italian island of Lampedusa on August 17, 2019.

There’s No End in Sight for Matteo Salvini’s War on Migrants

Italy’s interior minister has already passed draconian laws to stop humanitarian rescue ships. If he manages to become prime minister, it will only get worse.

Bulls stand in a cattle feed lot in the Amazon near Chupinguaia, Rondônia state, Brazil, on June 28, 2017.

It Isn’t Too Late to Save the Brazilian Rainforest

Working with Brazil’s agricultural businesses could be the key to a healthier Amazon.

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Can Brexit End the Scourge of British Nativism? Dominic Cummings Thinks So.

Boris Johnson’s Brexit guru sees a quick departure from the EU as the best way to neutralize Britain’s far-right.

A woman and children walk past an armored vehicle in Rio de Janeiro on March 7, 2018.

Brazilian Organized Crime Is All Grown Up

And now Bolsonaro’s iron-fisted approach risks worsening the problem.

Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the far-right party "Fratelli d'Italia,"  leaves after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella on the first day of consultations of political parties, on April 4, 2018 at the Quirinale Palace in Rome.

Can Giorgia Meloni Become Italy’s Marine Le Pen?

Italy’s next far-right superstar wants to keep migrants out while welcoming members of the Mussolini family into her party. If Italy holds early elections, she may become a key member of the next government.

Member of the European Parliament Nigel Farage (L) speaks with European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans (R) prior to a debate concerning Hungary's situation during a plenary session at the European Parliament on September 11, 2018 in Strasbourg, France.

Europe Must Not Allow Enemies of Democracy to Choose the Next EU Commissioner

The illiberal leaders of Hungary and Poland falsely claim Frans Timmermans would divide Europe. What they really fear is his commitment to the rule of law.

Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini delivers a speech holding a rosary during a rally of European nationalists ahead of European elections on May 18, in Milan.

Papa, Don’t Preach

Italy’s far-right deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, is publicly attacking the pope in a battle for the country’s soul.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda speak with the media at the Oval Office in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18, 2018.

Duda’s Ego Trip

The Polish president will try to convince Trump to send U.S. troops to his country. Congress should push Trump to resist.

Youth members prepare for the visit of the head of the Social Democrats, Mette Frederiksen (displayed on banners), at a meeting celebrating the International Workers' Day in Aalborg, Denmark on May 1.

Did the Left Really Win in Denmark?

The Social Democrats are poised to lead the next government, but after adopting the far-right’s anti-immigration agenda the party isn’t what it used to be.

Adam Michnik, a prominent communist-era dissident who is now editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland's leading liberal newspaper, is pictured in his newspaper's office on Feb. 23, 2018 in Warsaw.

Poland’s Government Is Systematically Silencing Opposition Voices

Adam Michnik was a hero of the anti-communist struggle. Now his renowned newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, is under attack from a ruling party that refuses to tolerate dissent.

An armed police officer is seen in front of Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on May 11.

Jihadis Go to Jail, White Supremacists Go Free

Western governments are guilty of a double standard when it comes to policing digital hate culture. If they want to prevent the next attack, they need to recognize the threat of online white supremacists and act to stop them.

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