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Germany’s Far Right Complicates Life for Merkel — and the E.U.

Polls indicate that the same will be true in Austria, where the Freedom Party seems set to enter the coalition government after next month’s elections.The far right will be a constant presence in the minds of Europe’s leaders if they want to avoid worse political fallout ahead, even as the populists may make it harder for Ms. Merkel and Mr. Macron to come up with solutions that could keep them at bay.Compared with Germany, Mr. Macron faced a far more robust assault from the far right in France, but he was able to vault to power by capturing the center, creating his own political movement and precipitating the collapse of mainstream parties.VideoSeeking Asylum in Germany, and Finding HatredEscaping violence in Libya, Abode struggles to belong in a German town that has become a flashpoint of anti-immigrant anger.By AINARA TIEFENTHÄLER, SHANE O’NEILL and ANDREW MICHAEL ELLIS on Publish Date September 21, 2017.Photo by Andrew Mitchell Ellis.Watch in Times Video »embed In Germany, many votes for the AfD were cast in protest against 12 years of Merkel’s pragmatism about issues like immigration, national identity and the burdens of the European Union.As Mr. Macron himself has warned, a failure to reform the European Union, better secure its borders and fix the euro currency will only further feed the far right.Globalization, the bureaucratic nature of the European Union and its inability to protect its borders and produce thriving economies in all member states have led to increased nationalism, anxieties about national identities and Islamophobia.But while institutional reform of the European Union may be vital, it is harder to sell to increasingly fragmented national polities, especially as the center-left parties lose ground.Continue reading the main story“The German elections confirm the decline of mainstream traditional parties in Europe to the benefit of insurgents, including Macron’s En Marche,” said Stefano Stefanini, a former Italian diplomat based in Brussels.“A domestically weakened Merkel must hold the E.U. together and safeguard the trans-Atlantic bond despite an unpredictable American president, while trying to forge a strong alliance with Macron, tame the Visegrad dissidents and bring on board Italy and Spain, both in choppy waters,” he said […]

News Analysis: As E.U. and Japan Strengthen Trade Ties, U.S. Risks Losing Its Voice

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Europe Will Be Watching Trump’s Visit to a Right-Tilting Poland

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Theresa May Loses Overall Majority in U.K. Parliament

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Emmanuel Macron Challenges Putin on Syria and Gay Rights

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In NATO Speech, Trump Is Vague About Mutual Defense Pledge

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Emmanuel Macron Embraces E.U. to Put France ‘Back in the Picture’

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