German vice-chancellor warns of rising nationalism in European

People demonstrate with torches during a rally against a refugee camp with immigrants and asylum-seekers initiated by NPD (National Democratic Party of Germany) in Schneeberg, eastern Germany, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.

People demonstrate with torches during a rally against a refugee camp with immigrants and asylum-seekers initiated by NPD (National Democratic Party of Germany) in Schneeberg, eastern Germany, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.


Germany’s vice chancellor has warned against the rise of nationalism in Europe, citing the far-right National Front that scored strongly in recent French regional elections.

Sigmar Gabriel told members of his Social Democratic Party on Friday that movements such as the National Front “stand against everything we represent.”

Gabriel cited the National Front’s claim to be both “national and social” – a sensitive phrase in Germany since the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist German Workers’ Party.

He urged conservative politicians to take a stronger stance against the far right, and said left-wing parties in Europe should fight against “the enemies of Europe.”


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