The beginning of the Trump presidency can be considered as the last and extreme assertion of an ultra-nationalist and xenophobic right that has been mounting in major European countries for several years.
Amid all the differences, which can not be neglected, there is a common and strongly characteristic element of these political expressions: the strong aversion to immigration.
Immigration was the decisive factor in Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. elections, as well as in the success of Farage’s Brexit referendum. It’s also fostering the growing consensus around Marine Le Pen in France, Geert Wilders in Holland and other nationalist and xenophobic politicians across European.
Worse, the fact that center-left governments and even socialists are chasing after the right on their own turf, hoping to stem their electoral gains, only reinforces that these ideas are affecting an increasingly wide section of the public.