Marine Le Pen and the state of European far-right

There is somehow mixed record of populist far-right parties in the current elections in Europe. Austrian Freedom Party candidate lost presidential elections. Dutch Geert Wilders was hardly satisfied with his result, German AfD, though election will take place only in autumn, is losing in the polls. On the other hand French Marine Le Pen is polling on 40 percent which is quite impressive though she is probably going to lose to Emmanuel Macron. European populist far-right is hardly homogeneous but what next for those movements, do you think we might see some changes in their messages, tactics, direction or they will largely stick to the anti-establishment message? Read few comments.

Marine Le Pen. Credit: http://www.frontnational.com/

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What does France believe in?

With Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen, Jean-Luc Mélenchon and François Fillon we have a political newcomer in French presidential elections, far-right and far-left candidate and conservative fighting media. Though polling very low the majority of the other candidates represents fringe and extreme ideas. How do you read this, does it show public is really fed up with the politics as usual, and what does it mean for French society and politics? Read few comments.

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Paris attack: What does it mean for French presidential elections?

The conventional wisdom says that attacks like the one that occurred last night in Paris could help far-right in the elections, in France it could help Marine Le Pen. Do you agree, or do you see it somehow differently, and why? Read few comments.

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The sharp rise in crimes against refugees in Germany and what’s next

Even in 2015 we have been talking about a spike in attacks on refugees in Germany. And now in 2016 there were 3 533 attacks on refugees and refugee accommodations across Germany. How serious is the situation in your opinion, what can/should government do about and do you think that upcoming election might have an effect on even bigger mobilization of the far right scene in Germany? Read few comments.

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What can other politicians learn from Austria’s Van der Bellen when facing populists, extremists?

What are the main reasons for Alexander Van der Bellen victory and would you say there something from his campaign what is possible to replicate in other political campaigns when facing populist, extremists opponents?

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How does Austria’s Hofer fit into current populist wave?

As the results of the second round of Austrian presidential election in May were annulled, re-vote between leftist Alexander Van der Bellen and far-right populist Norbert Hofer is due to take place on 4 December 2016.

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Steve Bannon in the White House: What does it mean for the white nationalist, alt-right scene

Stephen Bannon of Breitbart was just appointed as the chief strategist of President Donald Trump. In general what do you think about this appointment and what kind of effect it might have on white nationalist, alt-right scene in the US? Read few comments.

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