AUSTRIA: Polls show that the Freedom Party’s (FPÖ) Norbert Hofer is on track to win the presidential rerun on December 4, the Green-communist candidate Alexander Van der Bellen said that the Trump election victory was a “wake-up call, not just for December 4 but beyond.”
Speaking at a news conference, left-wing extremist Van der Bellen said that he didn’t want “Austria to become the first western European nation where right-wing demagogues take power.”
Van der Bellen said that if his opponent won, an FPÖ government would definitely follow.
ITALY: An important referendum on constitutional reform will take place on December 4, polls show that the far left government of Matteo Renzi faces defeat. Government spokesmen have warned that defeat for Renzi in the referendum could provoke a populist revolt like that of Trump.
Opposition to the government’s plan is being led by the Northern League’s Matteo Salvini and a number of other smaller populist parties, in what the Italian media has called a “Trumpisti” alliance. At a Northern League rally in Florence held over the past weekend, Salvini supporters held up picture posters of Salvini with Donald Trump taken when the two met earlier this year in America.
At the rally, Salvini said: “The lesson provided by Trump and the free vote of the American people is that you can win despite everything—the banks, the lobbyists, journalists, even pop stars.”
Salvini also announced his intention to run for Prime Minister. “There is no lack of ideas and teams, and today we start a long march. If Brexit teaches us something, if the election of Donald Trump teaches us something, (it is that) today we get going to take power.”
FRANCE: Trump’s former campaign manager and executive chairman of Breitbart News LLC, Stephen Bannon, generated shock waves by announcing that he believed“France is the place to be, with its young entrepreneurs, and the women of the Le Pen family,” adding that “Marion Maréchal-Le Pen is the new rising star.”
Marion le Pen responded on Twitter, saying that “I answer yes to the invitation of Stephen Bannon, CEO of the Trump presidential campaign, to work together.”
The announcement has horrified France’s far left, who fear a repeat of Breitbart News’s support for Donald Trump in France, only this time in support of the Front National’s Marine le Pen’s candidacy in the French presidential elections set for 2017.
Former prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, who is a member of Nicolas Sarkozy’s Les Républicains said, “If Mr. Trump can win, so can Mrs. Le Pen. France will swing to the far-right if populist extremists continue to attract support.”
Gérard Araud, France’s ambassador to the U.S., said on Twitter that the world was crumbling into pieces: “First Brexit, and now Trump. Today marks the end of an era—the death of neoliberalism. Anything is possible.”
GERMANY: There will be elections in 2017. Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble warned that the “Trump effect could spread across Europe,” and that “everybody should be wary of an increase in populist forces across Europe.”
The AFD (Alternative for Germany) is rapidly making gains in local elections for it’s stance against Islamization and the Muslim invasion of Germany.
“Demagogic populism is not just a problem in America. The political debates are also in a state of concern elsewhere in the West.”
CDU vice president Hans-Peter Friedrich added that he too feared that a “Trump effect could sweep across Germany.”
Across Europe, voters are turning to far-right parties, won over by nationalism, anti-immigrant hysteria and failed economic policies of austerity. In Germany, France, Poland, Hungary and Sweden, far right parties have made gains. Left political parties in these countries have not been as successful as those in Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Greece.