Recently, Europe has been embroiled in a fight with the rise of right-wing nationalist movements. These movements have been mostly attributed to
immigration policies by Democratic/Socialist governments. Almost every country has seen a rise in Nationalism, some as high as 25%
Recently, that beacon of niceness, Sweeden, saw massive gains in the anti-immigration parties.
Many of the articles point to unemployment, as a possibility, but looking at that stats, it does not necessarily bear that out.
So what is causing this trend to the right? According to the Brookings Institute it is good ole tribalism. The immigration policies have people on
edge about losing their culture, their traditions, and their national identities. I can see and agree with these sentiments as to a point as most
immigrants are perceived to be from war-torn, poor, or mostly Muslim countries.
I also think that it has been a long time since WW2, and humans have an incredibly short attention span. New generations have no idea of the horrors
of the first 2 world wars as history books seem to want to soften the details, instead of delivering a harsh dose of blood and guts. So as they
embrace Nazi'ish beliefs, they are not seeing the real horrors on a first person account, but as a video game bad guy.
Whatever the reason, it will be interesting to see what happens. I do not think the EU can survive in a Nationalist world. So what happens then?
Russia is buying influence on several fronts....and lets not forget that Germany is desperate for that oil pipeline.
China has offered to buy Portugals entire energy grid. Can you imagine that? China has invested $318 billion in Europe since 2008. Peddling
influence and no doubt stealing secrets.
It will be interesting to watch how it all plays out...