Populist National parties across Europe believe that 2017 will be their year as elections in France, Netherlands, and Germany loom.
Marine Le Pen described 2017 as the “year of the awakening of the people of continental Europe.”
It is believed that Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and the Donald Trump becoming the 45th president of the United States has given hope to Europe’s national parties.
Geert Wilders, of the Netherland’s anti-Islam party, the Party of Freedom said, “Yesterday, a new America. Today — hello Koblenz — a new Europe!” He was speaking at a congress centre on the banks of the Rhine.
He continued, “The people of the West are awakening. They are throwing off the yoke of political correctness. This year will be the year of the people … the year of liberation, the year of the patriotic spring.”
It is believed that Wilders’ party could win a large percentage of votes when Netherland’s people vote in elections held in March. Le Pen is expected to do well in the April – May French vote, while Frauke Petry, of the Alternative for Germany Party (AFD)hopes to do well in September’s German elections standing on a rightwing mandate.
Le Penn said, “We are experiencing the end of one world and the birth of another. We are experiencing the return of nation-states.”
She continued to say that Britain’s vote to leave the European Union followed by Donald Trump’s election was the “real blow to the old order.” She continued that in “2017, I am sure, will be the year of the awakening of the people of continental Europe,” stating the EU was “a force of sterilization.”
She continued to attack the German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her immigration policies, saying, “Everyone sees that this migration policy is a daily disaster.”
The meeting was met with protests that showed pictures of evil right wing dictators in the past including Hitler.