PARIS — Europe’s far-right politicians are desperate to make friends with Donald Trump, but the U.S. Republican candidate is snubbing them — at least for now.
As Trump continues to dominate headlines — in the U.S. and in Europe — with provocative statements that women who seek abortions should be subject to “some form of punishment” or that NATO is “obsolete,” far-right and Euroskeptic groups from France to Italy to the Netherlands are trying to ride the billionaire’s momentum to make gains at home. (altro…)
(LtoR) Italian Lega Nord (Northern League) Secretary, Matteo Salvini, French far-right Front National (FN) party president Marine Le Pen and Dutch far-right Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders attend a press conference at the end of the first ENF (Europe of Nations and Freedom) congress in Milan on January 29, 2016. / AFP / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
MILAN — Europe’s far-right sees the collapse of the passport-free Schengen area and the Brexit debate as a golden opportunity for Euroskeptic, anti-immigrant parties to turn their growing popularity into real political power. (altro…)