you have an extremely distorted vision of how much 'the migrant crisis' has played into 'european drama' there tbh. the far-right is on the ascendancy for any number of reasons, sure, but its 'rise' is still pretty modest in most european states and seldom equals any major electoral victories (you see this time and time again with france: media circus about their 'dangerous new presidential candidate', they all blow off some steam in the primaries and grumble, and then vote for the nice centrist candidate again). and the migrant issue has been blown out of all proportion by said right-wing groups and their lackeys in the right-wing media/press.
the centrist-liberal line is very much one of angela merkel's "wir schaffen das". don't be fooled by right-wing conservative governments playing the migration card for easy votes. the conservative party in the UK, for instance, needs to be seen as being tough on 'boat people' and migrants because their remaining core voter base are ageing white people -- ditto to the republican party. you can see that for what it is: desperate pact-making with the devil in a redoubt against the inevitable. it's not particularly big and it's not particularly clever.
it's interesting that nigel farage and the hardline brexiteers, who have always been fringe even within the conservative party, despite the recent electoral calculus, made a trans-atlantic relationship with trump, particularly in the bannon era. make of that what you will. most european states are not up in arms or full of 'drama' because of migrants. your average european middle-class voter is about as enraged and passionate about this stuff as your average educated american is a supporter of steve bannon and breitbart, which is to say: not very much.
i've said this many times here, but the rise in the right-wing in europe is down to the EU/UK's disastrous handling of the 2008 financial crisis. neoliberalism bailed out the banks and guilty actors tout court and foisted huge amounts of debt and public services cutbacks on workers. that's what has created resentment which has been opportunistically funnelled into nativism, xenophobia and right-wing alarmism since then. the migrant crisis does very directly affect greece, italy, etc (and latterly poland via belarus) in their border policing, and many of the northern and western states have had to accept tens of thousands of asylum seekers annually; but this stuff is very much being played out of all proportion by the right wing. same deal with scandinavian right-wing parties and media talking about their 'epidemic of crime' because of migrants. these are very, very old tropes.
i can confidently say that most european liberals' commitment to asylum-seekers or multiculturalism has not been shaken by the ructions from the right-wing and the new age of populist nativism. these have become ‘hot button’ topics because political parties on the right know that it plays into the fears and resentments of their dissatisfied working classes (whom they have fucked over economically, not an influx of migrants).
it's also pretty clear that american conservatives have very selectively and opportunistically used the european situation to play on the fears of americans. they want to make it look as bad as possible. this is also a very, very old trope. american conservatives have been talking about 'birming-HAM' and other european cities with the infamous 'no-go zones for whites' rhetoric for over a decade. this stuff makes most europeans scratch their heads; it's not our reality.
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