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How Geert Wilders is redefining Dutch politics

Is Europe embracing the far-right wave?

Yiannis Ioannou

Yiannis Ioannou

Geert Wilders' far-right triumph in Dutch elections reverberates across Europe, marking a trend of growing electoral success. The Party for Freedom (PVV) gains prominence, aligning with European far-right leaders like Orban, Meloni, and Le Pen.

This normalization underscores the rise of Euroscepticism and populist rhetoric within the European far-right, evolving beyond anti-immigration sentiments.

The political landscape in countries with a longer history of parliamentarianism than Cyprus sees the normalization of far-right ideologies. Analysts scrutinize this phenomenon, attributing it partly to the European Union's struggles in achieving political integration.

Issues like security, foreign policy, hybrid threats, and migration management have fueled ideological confrontations, overshadowing tangible results.

In Cyprus, unique social and political transformations, coupled with the ongoing Turkish occupation, create a time lag compared to major European states.

The debate on the rise of the far-right and its potential normalization diverges, encompassing issues like refugees, immigration, and the unresolved Cyprus problem.

The recent election of President Christodoulides introduces new dynamics, impacting major parties like AKEL and the Democratic Rally.

AKEL's "modernization" process becomes a focal point, questioning its ability to broaden its electoral base and appeal to a progressive audience.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Rally grapples with internal crises, prompting speculation about its evolution in the coming years. ELAM, a significant political force, surprisingly undergoes rapid normalization, defying earlier predictions.

The overarching debate on the far-right in Europe transcends ideological considerations, evolving into a strategic exercise.

It involves understanding the causes of political and social transformation, coupled with efforts to address electoral growth and debunk far-right narratives.

This strategic approach is crucial for both the Right and the Left in Cyprus, emphasizing the need for early recognition to effectively navigate the evolving political landscape.

Geert Wilders' victory in the Netherlands serves as a poignant example of the far-right's electoral success. However, the broader implications extend beyond individual victories, urging a nuanced examination of the far-right's impact on European politics.

[This article was translated from its Greek original]

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