Tag Archives: Vlaams Belang

News from Western Europe, Tuesday 28th May 2013

EUROPE Video – BBC News: EU ends arms embargo on Syria rebel. ‘European Union foreign ministers have said they will not renew an arms embargo on the Syrian opposition, due to expire on Saturday. But there was no immediate decision to send arms to Syrian rebels and all other sanctions remained in force, the EU foreign […]

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News from Western Europe, Monday 27th May 2013

AUSTRIA Comment – Policy Network: New political conflict and the radical right in Austria. ‘Austria’s two mainstream political parties have seen their total vote share almost cut in half over the last two decades as new political conflict lines emerge over immigration, EU integration and political trust. A new study shows that the radical right has […]

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News from Western Europe, Monday 13th May 2013

BELGIUM Translated from Dutch – De Standaard: Officer fired for Muslim extremism. ‘The vessels authorized for municipal employees, Philippe Close (PS), stated that the former clerk at the museums of Brussels refused to shake the hand of Lalieux ‘because his religion forbids him to touch women. The man said he would change. In the future to his […]

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News from Western Europe, Wednesday 13th February 2013

BELGIUM Flanders News: Former Vlaams Belang adviser spied for the secret service. ‘It has emerged that Bart Debie, the former security adviser of the far right Vlaams Belang political party, handed information to Belgium’s state intelligence service for many years Vlaams Belang supremo Filip Dewinter says that he is shocked. Bart Debie made his revelation in […]

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News from Western Europe, Wednesday 30th January 2013

Events Cecilia Malmstrom – European Commission blog: Together against terror and extremism. ‘In September of 2011, I launched the Radicalisation Awareness Network, or RAN, as a response to the ever-growing prevalence of violent extremism in Europe. Individuals such as Anders Behring Breivik in Norway, Mohamed Merah in France or the Stockholm suicide bomber are all examples of […]

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United Kingdom Tracker 29.11.12

Research: Exeter University: Attitudes towards security threats uncovered. ‘New research has revealed a significant gap between what the government claims are the biggest security threats facing the UK and the fears of the population. Terrorism is not perceived as the most important threat to everyday life despite claims by policy makers. Politics researchers at the Universities of Exeter […]

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Flemish nationalism has not risen, it has transformed

For much of the international press, the local elections in Belgium this weekend were about the rise of separatism. The Washington Post reported already the day before the elections: “As the EU basks in Peace Prize glory, separatists from Belgium to Spain are on the march” (not that nationalists are never “on the rise,” but […]

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The Rise of the Radical Right in Europe and the Jews

It may strike many as bizarre that Israel’s UN ambassador Ron Prossor was pictured in November 2011 with Front National (FN) leader Marine le Pen at a reception at the French Mission in New York, in view of the multiple convictions of her father, previous FN leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, for inciting antisemitism. This episode demonstrates […]

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Why is Geert Wilders struggling in the Dutch election?

From Islamophobia to europhobia The Netherlands has become a laboratory of electoral volatility, political fragmentation and the rise of all sorts of populism. Under the pressures of globalization, de-traditionalization and post-industrialism, the post-war stability of the party political system has been seriously eroded. The christian-democratic and social-democratic people’s parties, once strong pillars of the Dutch […]

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Right-wing extremism in Spain: An approaching breakthrough?

Spain is one of the few European countries which in recent decades hasn’t experienced the emergence of a successful “new extreme right” party into its political system. However, Spanish society and its party system are experiencing a series of rapid changes that could be opening a political space for these kinds of parties. In the […]

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