The lede: “The far-right politician Geert Wilders fell short of expectations in Dutch elections on Wednesday, gaining seats but failing to persuade a decisive portion of voters to back his extreme positions on barring Muslim immigrants and jettisoning the European Union, according to early results and exit polls.”
An office in Brussels pours through hundreds of potentially fake news reports in a typical day, trying to identify them as such as Europeans in the Netherlands, Germany and France prepare to go to the polls this coming spring.
From the Doug Saunders column: “If there is one big intellectual idea that motivates people to vote for far-right movements, it is declinism: the notion that your country’s best days are in the past and that its economy and culture are being defeated.”
In the old days, Russia and Nazis were mortal enemies. In the era of Vladimir Putin, Russia is cultivating such groups as allies in the hopes of unsettling Europe.
The lede: “New Islamic State efforts to sow terror in Europe are pushing counterterrorism authorities to their limits, forcing citizens and their leaders to resign themselves to a new era where attacks may be a fact of life, not an exception.”
The lede: “The leader of the Austrian far-right Freedom Party has signed what he called a cooperation agreement with Russia’s ruling party and recently met with Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, the designated national security adviser to President-elect Donald J. Trump of the United States.”
As I checked Twitter feverishly on Thursday night, the news I was dreading to hear broke around 10:50 p.m. MDT: The BBC was projecting a victory by the Leave side of the Brexit referendum. The final tally wouldn’t be known for a few hours later (about 7:20 a..m. in London). The Leave camp had won […]
The Globe and Mail’s Mark MacKinnon visits Peterborough in Britain and Styria, Austria to find that a dislike of the other and a desire to return to an imagined version of the past and avoid a fervidly imagined future are driving citizens in both places towards populist, right-wing politics.
Adopting the letter-to-a-friend approach, the Globe and Mail penned a solid editorial advising residents of the U.K. why they should vote “remain” in the Brexit referendum.
The Globe and Mail wrote a strong editorial condemning the deal reached between Greece and its creditor nations, particularly Germany, saying austerity alone won’t put Greece back on a strong economic track.