At The American Conservative, Bill Wirtz discusses the united conservative front forming across Europe. The conservative parties of many of the bloc’s countries are coming together in an effort to change the EU from within. It’s a worst nightmare for the elites who run the EU today. He writes:
A bit more than a month before the European Parliament elections, EU supporters and federalists are confronting one of their worst fears: a united conservative front, one that could ruin their dreams of a more centralized union.
If you’re in charge of the ins and outs of the EU, you have a number of headaches at this stage. The first is the Italian government coalition between Movimento 5 Stelle (the Five Star Movement) and the Lega Nord (Northern League), both of which are populist parties opposed to immigration.
The second headache is called Jarosław Kaczyński, current leader of the Polish Law and Justice Party. He is neither president, as his late identical twin brother Lech Kaczyński was, or prime minister, but is nonetheless said to pull all the strings in Polish politics. His endeavor: bringing his country back to its conservative and Roman Catholic roots and opposing the EU narrative of multiculturalism.
The third headache—and at this point it feels like a migraine—is Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. His Fidesz party is consistently anti-immigration.
The fourth headache is Romania, ruled by the Social Democrat party Partidul Social Democrat (PSD).
Suddenly it’s dawning on many in the European Union that those who have made the case for limited government were right all along.
The EU has long tried to keep nationalists at bay by demonizing and slandering them. That strategy has now failed, and with the populist right standing at the gates of power.
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