Europe: Surge to The Right

From the Atlantic to the Urals, politicians stir fear and loathing of dark-skinned immigrants

They range from jackbooted skinhead youths assaulting foreigners in Germany to sedately dressed middle-aged couples dining off lace tablecloths at a banquet outside Amiens -- under a poster urging the eviction of immigrants from France. Their leaders include old nobility, yuppie types, an ex- paratrooper who boasts of being born in a house with a dirt floor, and former communists. But whatever their appearance or origin, the far-right- wingers who are emerging across the European continent share an alarming attitude, if not exactly an ideology: a virulent nationalism expressed mainly as raw hatred of foreigners, particularly immigrants. They also share momentum:...

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