The winds of populism blowing from “right-wing”

The triumph of nationalism, now more than a century ago, bred financial monsters, political unrest and war, shadows now seemingly far from the modern era. However, populism, driven by far-right reappears as an actor/director in the political scene of our small, of our Europe and of our world. In Europe, the first step was taken by the UK with Brexit, the second by his first minister Theresa May, xenophobic and Eurosceptic, who sings at a future nation, autarchic and self-sufficient, levering on patriotism and on the fear of the immigrant and of the different, violating and brutalizing an Europe, temple of rights and civilization. Certainly I do not fall into the trap of error stating that this populism is also found in the current US presidential campaign, slipped into the abyss of degradation; macabre and distasteful show. On the European front to cause concern are the upcoming French and German presidential elections. If the first will see triumphant at the Elysee Marine Le Pen, the next German vote would see the affirmation of a Germany no longer European, but a German Germany, proclaiming a return to the past when the country stood like a  bridge between the East countries (especially Russia) and the West. In Poland and in Hungary there is a will to return to the small homelands, mainly caused by the refugees emergency and the serious migratory crisis that seems to be the common denominator of disagreements and friction of all nations. Emblematic even the Austrian case: the rise of the FPÖ, the Freedom Party, intolerant with the Europe of our days; “No Against Europe, Yes against this Europe” its motto.

The gust of populist wind makes also twirling the flag in the land of the Eagles? The Albanian political class does not lack a nationalist component: the “Front for national unification” (Fbksh), which combines 4-5 small parties, which hold only 5-7% of the albanian electorate. The Albanian populist front is mostly unified by the spirit of the so-called “Greater Albania”, but counts among the biggest supporters, not the Albanians in Albania, but the Albanian community in Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro. Missing in Albania also the main catalyst of the discontent, the migratory crisis, for which our country is only a transit route.

Would finally be farsighted if our politicians (and we in our small) were wondering by what is deducted the authenticity of the people, by the respect for the values of hospitality and civilization that distinguish us or by the sense of intimate belonging and patriotism? To date, the “authoritarian populism”, which combines anti-immigration and nationalist feelings, seems to be preponderant. I, by the modesty of my thinking, would answer with a sentence of medieval scholasticism of Aristotelian derivation: in medio stat virtus.


Erand Haruni