Editor’s note: This is a particularly good piece that gives a succinct overview of fascist hotspots in Europe, with links to background articles.
“A legislator from Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party made headlines last week when he was dismissed from the party and pressured to quit his position in the EU Parliament after news of his Jewish roots became public.
Csanad Szegedi’s history of anti-Semitic rhetoric cemented his prominent place in Hungary’s right wing, but now amid scandal, he says he wants to get in touch with his roots. He’s spoken with a rabbi and says he wants to visit Auschwitz, according to the Independent. Jobbik maintains his removal from the party has nothing to do with his Jewish heritage, and that he was punished for suspected bribery, which allegedly occurred when his Judaism was discovered and he attempted to pay people to cover it up.
Szegedi was also a founding member of the rabid paramilitary Nazi spin-off group, the Hungarian Guard, which was banned by the courts in 2009. It bears a striking resemblance to the Arrow Cross, the feared fascist party that rose to prominence in the 1930s and had strong ties to Hitler.
But Hungary isnt alone in its surging right wing. Here are five countries undergoing a rightist resurgence…”