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Polish far-right nationalists tap nightclub bouncer for presidential candidate

Ruch Narodowy (National Movement) is known primarily for organising Independence Day marches, which have invariably resulted in riots. The party claims the rioters are police provocateurs.

Support for the party hovers in the low single digits and polls indicate it would fall well short of the 5 percent threshold to win parliamentary seats.

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Europe’s New Problem With Anti-Semitism

On July 11, a mob firebombed a synagogue outside Paris, one of eight anti-Semitic attacks in France that week. Later that month, attackers threw Molotov cocktails at a synagogue in Wuppertal, Germany, and in Hamburg thugs beat an elderly Jewish man at a pro-Israel rally. Those attacks, among many others this past summer, followed the shooting in May that killed four people at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels. “These are the worst times since the Nazi era,” Dieter Graumann, the president of Germany’s Central Council of Jews, told the Guardian in August.

Several factors, including the intensifying violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, have contributed to the resurgence of anti-Semitism across Europe. But perhaps none is as toxic or frightening as the ascendance of far-right political parties. These groups are not just bad for Jews; they are bad for Europe. The ascendant far right are equal-opportunity haters, demonizing Muslims, Roma, sexual minorities, socialists, and immigrants, as well as Jews. They openly promote hatred, division, and exclusion, threatening the economic and political systems of countries still reeling from the financial crisis. And as the formation of a far-right block in the European Parliament becomes more likely, the risk that these parties will destabilize not only their own countries but the European Union itself — a crucial U.S. ally and trading partner — is serious.

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Front National fear of ‘gay lobby’: Marine Le Pen appoints Sébastien Chenu as cultural adviser

The deep rifts within Marine Le Pen’s far right movement in France have been exposed by the appointment of a senior gay activist as her “cultural” adviser.

The recruitment of Sébastien Chenu, founder of the GayLib movement in France, came shortly after the magazine Closer outed a senior figure in the Front National, Florian Philippot.

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Germany sees 'visible rise' in support for far-right extremism in response to perceived 'Islamisation' of the West

Their leaders have been dismissed as “Nazis in pinstripes”, they have been dismissed by Angela Merkel as having “no place in Germany” – but on Monday night, thousands will march through the city of Dresden in protest against the “Islamisation of the West”.

Speaking to the Sunday newspaper Welt am Sonntag, Germany’s most senior police officer Holger Münch spoke of “a visible rise in xenophobic crime countrywide”.

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The rise of the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats: ‘We don’t feel at home any more, and it’s their fault’

Kevin is the future of the far right in Sweden. At 16, the computing student – who sports a beanie hat and a wispy beard – is active in the youth wing of the Sweden Democrats, the anti-immigration party that has forced a snap election after flexing its muscles as the country’s third party. “There are not enough jobs for Swedish people, but there are more and more immigrants, hundreds a year coming into this town,” he says in a shopping centre in Kristianstad, southern Sweden, an electoral stronghold of the far right and home to the party’s national headquarters. “We are not a racist or fascist party,” Kevin says. “There were racists and fascists when Jimmie was a boy, but they have all gone.”

Jimmie is the Sweden Democrats’ leader, Jimmie Åkesson, who lives in the area. Åkesson claims to have kicked the extremists out of the party, pulled up its roots in white-supremacist and neo-Nazi activism, and turned it into a slick electoral machine that has doubled its vote every four years, taking 13% in September’s election. This self-image of the Sweden Democrats was challenged last weekend by the prime minister, Stefan Löfven, who called the party “neo-fascist”, citing its early links with Keep Sweden Swedish and White Aryan Resistance.

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