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The right-wing populists ignore the writing on the wall

the election campaign in a small Zurich village. Roger Köppel, the national Council of the Swiss people's party SVP speaks in front of a full house. The Inn room is too small, too late. The considerable number of listeners makes the speaker visible pride. The average age should make him more concerned. Roughly half of the visitors is about 70 years old, the other half just below. With his 54 years, Köppel acts among them as a teenager.

Well, it is the Elderly that come to these local events, and particularly like to hear are, of course, if the right politicians promise to defend their small, idyllic world against alien invasion, and Brussels tutelage. But in the meantime, the SVP loses urn, the boys also in the own ranks and especially on the choice of how recently the cantonal elections in Lucerne, Basel-Land and Zurich, are showed.

Under Christoph Blocher, the SVP was the first right-wing populist party in Europe, which catapulted with an aggressive, xenophobic politics of the small party was the strongest force in the country. Would it be possible that the Swiss right-wing populists are now, once again, a European Trend anticipate? Your scapegoat has overtaken policy? Younger generations turn away?

problems of succession in the case of the FPÖ

the Problem of the Ageing of the Swiss are not alone. In Austria, the right-wing repeated tables Star Jörg Haider in the 1990s, pretty much apolitical, but ambitious young men in his Team. With his "boy game" he taught the Fear of the established "old parties". Haider is dead, with his Buberln the justice is engaged at the very most.

The present-day leaders of the Freedom party FPÖ are around 50 years old and have spent their whole life in politics. You go well well-worn paths. Except for "a new wave of refugees threatens to" and "is Islam threatened Europe" comes from nothing.

The single boys seeking closer contact to the party, came from the extreme right-wing "Identitarian movement". But since then, a donation of the assassin from Christchurch to the chief of the Identity was known, must renounce the freedom party of your talent pool.

young with more moderate views is not for the party in point of view. The FPÖ seems to be only slightly attractive. However, the Freedom is for one and a half years in government, and Makes the structural problems of a party that can cover excellent. You must not only lost the Power.

Orban's rotten party

for the same reason, the great model of all European right populists, the Hungarian Fidesz, in the long term, I doomed it to destruction. Viktor Orban began at the end of the 1980's years as a leaner, ranker a revolutionary who overthrew the Communists. Today, he's fat, and as a head of government to his absolute Power only a few minions of his age group. As a Newcomer, no place. In Orban's party Ministers and functionaries to be ones with the time gray and petrified, like the Apparatchiks of the Communist party. And at some point this party will be the structure so rotten that it needs only a young revolutionary from the outside, with a glorious speech, everything to collapse. But until then, it can take even longer.

In the near term, it will remain rather small characters, in Hungary and the whole of Europe: Perhaps the results of the election for the success-drenched right populists become less shiny to fail, as you expected. Maybe you will, as in Switzerland, defeats. There are signs that especially its young voters are sick and tired of that global warming, or the social divide of the right-wing populists are completely ignored. If SVP, FPÖ and friends not to respond to the small sign, you could be punished, as in the past, the social Democrats, ignored the Problem of Migration. To change The rate, falls today on the Right just as hard as the Left.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 22.04.2019, 19:01 PM

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