Is Europe Getting More Right Wing?

Every so often a far right party in a European party comes to prominence due to it increasing its share of the vote, getting members into parliament, in some way or another becoming more influential. Most recently this has been the case for the Swedish Democrats who won 5.7% of the vote giving them seats in the Riksdag for the first time. Another worry is Germany where being right wing is becoming more acceptable, in particular towards immigration. As these parties seem to lack staying power are they just natural swings in public opinion or is Europe's centre ground moving more to the right?

Is Europe Getting More Right Wing?

Yes because... No because...

The Coalition Government in the UK, led by the Conservatives, is a prime example of a trend towards right-wing views

The Conservatives have always been known as right-wing and although Cameron says he is a "Liberal Conservative" he has already aligned himself with right-wing parties in the EU [[http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE64C3PC20100513?pageNumber=1]].

The Coalition Government is there to prevent any move towards right-wing views as the two parties now have to take the middle ground on administrative decisions [[http://www.suite101.com/content/why-david-cameron-really-does-prefer-coalition-government-a277173]]. This is proved by the unease of right-wing members of the Conservative party who feel that they will be over-looked in this new government [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/conservative/7717027/Coalition-government-angers-Right-wing-Conservatives.html]].

Is Europe Getting More Right Wing?

Yes because... No because...

Sweden has elected an anti-immigrant party for the first time in history

The Sweden Democrats are an extreme-right movement that have been accused of being "racist and neo-Nazi" but surprisingly secured the vote of 1 in 3 during the last elections [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/24/sweden-immigration-far-right-asylum]]. While such parties do not seem to be able to get a majority in parliament that they are getting larger shares of the vote and more seats gives them influence. In Italy for example groups that are very right wing such as the Northen League has been key supporters for Silvio Berlusconi. In his government that started in 2008 and is increasingly looking like it will fall they had three cabinet ministers.[[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/7388652.stm]] while the Northern Alliance which is also pretty far to the right was folded into Berlusconi's own party.

One in three is still a minority; it's only 33.33%.

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