The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. /// BRATISLAVA French and Slovak nationalists team up. Slovak populist party Sme rodina (We are a family) hosted the members of the far-right Europe of Nations and Freedom movement in Bratislava. France’s National Rally chief Marine Le Pen opposed the idea of a ‘Frexit’ and said there is a need to change Europe from the inside. The Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) and Greek New Right also joined the meeting, while Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini sent a video message. They all agreed on a common fight against migration, oligarchs, liberals and the European Commission. However, it did not take too long for rifts to emerge. In its programme for the EU elections, Le Pen’s party criticises past EU enlargements, as well as the free movement of capital, goods and persons. It … [Read more...] about Bratislava meeting exposes EU far-right contradictions
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London (CNN)The divisive atmosphere surrounding Brexit could be exploited by right-wing groups, the UK's most senior counter-terrorism police chief has warned. Neil Basu, the head of the Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism operations, said his biggest concern about Brexit was its "potential to divide communities and set communities against each other." Amid this "febrile" atmosphere there was the possibility of a "far-right drift into extreme right-wing terrorism," added Basu, speaking at the launch of a campaign on raising awareness of suspicious activity, the BBC reported. Basu told reporters that after the 2016 referendum there was a rise in "hate crime," "far-right rhetoric" and "growth of (far-right) organizations like National Action." JUST WATCHED As Brexit deadline looms, protests turn nasty Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH As Brexit deadline looms, protests turn nasty 02:12 He added that police were "concentrating very heavily" to ensure this … [Read more...] about Far-right groups could exploit Brexit atmosphere, says police chief
The atmosphere around Brexit could be 'radicalising' far-right activists, the country's top counter-terrorism policeman has suggested. Neil Basu warned officers have been "working very hard" to ensure there is not a "far-right drift into extreme right-wing terrorism". The Met Police Assistant Commissioner said of 18 terror plots foiled in Britain since 2017, 14 were Islamist but four were far-right. He told the BBC: "We saw a spike in hate crime after the referendum, that's never really receded. "So there's always a possibility people are being radicalised by the kind of febrile atmosphere we've got at the moment. "We want people to report anything that we think is going to lead to violent confrontation. "People need to calm down and understand that we are paying very close attention to that and we will stop it wherever we see it." It comes after Mr Basu said yesterday he finds the prospect of a no-deal Brexit on March 29 "incredibly concerning". The senior officer said losing access … [Read more...] about Brexit could be ‘radicalising’ the far-right warns UK’s top counter-terror cop
UK 23 January 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-46965780 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsBrexit The "febrile" atmosphere around Brexit could be exploited by far-right extremists, the UK's most senior counter-terrorism … [Read more...] about Far-right groups ‘could exploit Brexit’
Last Monday, attention was drawn towards a group of young men from the Identity Movement (‘Identitäre Bewegung’) who assaulted a taz newspaper employee in Berlin, who confronted them as they posted flyers outside their premises. SEE ALSO: German newspaper employee attacked Monday by far-right group They also carried out other activities at other media and political sites throughout Germany in the hours that followed. This has raised a numbers of questions about the movement and their beliefs. Here, attempt to answer a number of these. Who are the Identitäre Bewegung? The ‘Identitäre Bewegung’ is the German branch of the pan-European Identitarian movement. Originating in France with ‘Generation Identitaire’, the movement takes its leads from a number of ‘New Right’ thinkers such as Alain de Benoist, who reject the progressive changes that have occurred throughout Europe over the past twenty years. Instead, … [Read more...] about Should we be worried about Germany’s far-right ‘Identity Movement’?