The election was characterized by many of the elements of the U.S. presidential election:
- The tone was less civil
- Many comments and positions would have been highly incorrect just a few years ago
A quick scan of the 2016-2017 election cycle in Europe makes clear momentum, if not majorities, is running with the right. The EU and open borders are on the defensive.
- In France, President Hollande has barely 30 percent approval and the National Front appears competitive in the 2017 national elections.
- Germany’s Chancellor Merkel still holds her right, and the left parties, as of yet, do not appear to have a strategy to win a national election – but she and her party are clearly on the defensive. Merkel’s future is in question.
- Nationalistic forces in a host of countries (Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden and Great Britain) are threatening center- right and left governments. In Poland and Hungary, they now control the government.