Europe is facing its own surge of populism, most notably in Thursday’s vote of the Brexit, the proposed U.K. divorce fro m the European Union.
But is the Brexit the only divorce under consideration?
The answer would be a clear “no.”
From CCTV America:
Denmark moves closer to referendum on EU opt-outs
If Britain votes to leave the European Union, could others follow? It’s a question troubling leaders in Brussels because the U.K. isn’t the only country facing a rise in Euroscepticism. In Denmark, some are calling for a vote within twelve months. CCTV’s Guy Henderson reports from Copenhagen.
Turmoil in Spain as a populist party surges
This time it’s a populist surge from left, in which a new political party based in an Occupy-like movement, is poised to take the dominant role in the formation of a new government.
Spain’s acting conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has warned that the far-left Unidos Podemos (“United We Can”) alliance could win this weekend’s general elections that may well shake up the country’s political system.
The anti-austerity group has boosted its support by striking a deal with the United Left, once part of the communist party.
According to opinion polls Podemos is consolidating its position as the country’s second biggest political force, just three points behind the ruling conservatives.
“We are very close to defeating the Popular Party in the elections. We are very close. And they are very worried about it for what it means,” Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias told a gathering of supporters.
But Podemos isn’t the only threat to the established order in the Iberian kingdom.
An independence movement in Spain’s most industrialized province has also threatened the status quo, to the extent that a member of the national government’s cabinet is facing his own legal troubles.
From Deutsche Welle:
Spain’s interior minister is facing calls to quit four days before general elections. A leaked tape showed him discussing with an anti-fraud official how to discredit Catalonia’s pro-independence parties.
In the conversation – published online by Publico – Jorge Fernandez Diaz and the head of Catalonia’s anti-fraud office Daniel de Alfonso discuss possible investigations that could be launched against pro-independence politicians in the region.
Alfonso allegedly lays out several leads for possible offences committed by various pro-independence politicians or their relatives, adding that they are all “weak.”
The revelations come before Sunday’s elections, with Diaz’s conservative Popular Party (PP) expected to win, though without the absolute majority it needs. The elections are the second in six months, after polls in December resulted in a hung parliament. The parties failed to agree on a coalition government, forcing fresh elections.
Police unions and several opponents of the PP have demanded his resignation. Pedro Sanchez, head of the Socialist party, accused him of “using the state apparatus to fight against his political rivals and not to fight against corruption within his own party.”
An Italy populist takes the helm in Rome
Italy’s 5 Stars movement embodies a Center-Right populism, and party member Virginia Raggi became the first woman to be elected mayor of the Eternal City.
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Virginia Raggi, aged 37, is the newly elected Mayor of Rome. She is from the anti-establishment 5 Stars Movement, which was founded in 2009 by the comedian, Beppe Grillo.
On Sunday, with 67,15% of the votes, she beat her rival, Roberto Giachetti from the centre-left Democratic Party. This is the same party as the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi.
With a debt of around 13 billion euros, the Italian capital is in a very bad state and risks becoming bankrupt. If Raggi succeeds, her party could become the main opposition in the legislative election planned for 2018. If not, the 5 Stars Movement could lose its popularity.