Europe in Crisis
Resistance and the Rise of the Right

Socialism 2015

July 02, 2015

The world economic crisis has been met with a punishing drive for austerity around the world, and nowhere more obviously than in Europe, where there have been defeats for organized labor, a profound onslaught on social welfare and citizens’ rights and the consolidation of many of the worst features of the neoliberal agenda. While austerity has sparked sporadic resistance from the working class and social movements—and promising political developments in Greece and Spain—it has also spurred the growth of the populist and even outright fascist far right, including the People’s Party in Denmark, The Party of Freedom in Holland, Marine Le Pen’s National Front in France, Pegida in Germany, Hungary’s Jobbick Party, and Golden Dawn in Greece. The parties hammer out a message combining anti-immigrant xenophobia with anti-Muslim hysteria. These panelists will discuss this right wing threat and the struggle to defeat it and provide a clear left alternative.

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