Here's a story from Reuters concerning the problems Switzerland is experiencing due to immigration:
"Radical Islam is a huge foreign political factor," said Swiss culture and politics expert Jonathan Steinberg of the University of Pennsylvania.OK, so same problem many other European countries face. But what struck me was on page two of the article:
Meanwhile organizers have threatened to cancel Switzerland's traditional national day celebration on August 1 due to threats by right-wing groups to disrupt the event.Say what? Is it just sloppy writing (I know, I should talk) or does that passage equate the right-wing with neo-nazis? Sure, Europe is different, but Geert Wilders is right-wing, Pim Fortyun was, or Sarkozy, but not those guys in the brown shirts. Neo-nazis are mentally ill, any politics they have are incidental. They're not right, left, or center.
Neo-Nazis have disrupted the ceremony in recent years and shouted down then-President Samuel Schmid in 2005.
And this week, police suspected arson in a fire that destroyed Geneva's largest synagogue, although they have not ruled out an accidental blaze.
The rest of the article tiptoes around the "immigration problem" and doesn't credit the resurgence of the right-wing directly to the threat of radical Islam. But that's the reason, and that's what is responsible for the shift to the right all across Europe. Are they shifting fast enough to save themselves? I hope so.