The Trump revolution, though it hasn’t yet officially begun in America, is being felt in Europe.
While Angela Merkel opposes the Trump revolution, it is nevertheless rising up in Europe. Germany may not put up with Merkel much longer, and voters in other countries may demand similar changed leadership.
Economic analyst Mike “Mish” Shedlock writes, “The nannycrats in Brussels face yet another attack on the anti-immigration front: Geert Wilders’ Far-Right Party Tops Polls in the Netherlands.” The post is fascinating but the post title spells out the larger context: “Multiple Simultaneous Threats: Nexit Next?”
Indeed, the threat is not one or even more countries. The real threat to the EU is the European voter who is fed up.
As Darrell Delamaide wrote at MarketWatch.com, the recent French votes don’t represent conservatism or libertarianism.
France is now facing a likely choice in next spring’s presidential election between a candidate of the far right and a rival from the extreme right.
Further proof — after the victory in the U.S. of a presidential candidate many voters see as a right-wing extremist with fascist tendencies — that Western democracies are swinging to the right, n’est-ce pas?
If anything, the upset victory of former Prime Minister François Fillon in the primary vote of the conservative Republicans this month shows that the classic distinctions between right, left and center are losing much of their meaning. The big-picture trend is a widespread populist insurgency against the political establishment.
Fillon’s victory over former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and another former prime minister, Alain Juppé, on a platform nearly as nationalist and Islamophobic as that of the National Front marks another rejection of mainstream politics. Fillon, a dour personality who Sarkozy himself made fun of, was an underdog candidate, polling in third place just days before the primary vote.
Not only is this, like the Trump revolution, a populist revolt, but it is also a rejection of Russophobia. The New York Times recently ran a story about how France might be turning toward Russia.
Mr. Fillon has called for lifting sanctions on Russia and for partnering with Moscow in an effort to curtail immigration and terrorism. He is friendly with Mr. Putin. If pollsters are right and Mr. Fillon wins the French presidency in the spring, he could join several rising European politicians and newly elected leaders who are like-minded.
Their movement, scholars stress, is driven by forces far more formidable than any elected leader: the populist upsurge that is remaking the Continent and, simultaneously, the impersonal but overwhelming pressures of international power balancing.
These changes, along with the impending British withdrawal from the European Union and the election of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States, foretell a “dramatic shift” in the half-century of Western unity against Russia, said James Goldgeier, a political scientist and the dean of American University’s School of International Service in Washington.
Once again, the Trump Revolution represents a worldwide shift in favor of National Sovereignty, National security, peace, and prosperity. Though the establishment media is still fighting it tooth and nail, they are fighting against the flow of history. People want new rulers and new policies.