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The New Normal?
Geert Wilders (PVV) speaks to the press after a meeting with House Speaker Vera Bergkamp in the House of Representatives, 24 November 2023. Alamy

The New Normal?

Election results in the Netherlands and Argentina provide evidence of the vigour and variety of the New Right and its global reach.

· 6 min read

The New Right comes in two by two. In September last year, elections in Sweden and Italy delivered New Right parties into power. Jimmy Akesson’s Sweden Democrats became very influential on the centre-Right-led governing coalition in Stockholm, and Giorgia Meloni’s Fratelli d’Italia were placed unambiguously in charge in Rome. Two European nations less alike you’d be hard-pressed to find. Yet the triumphant parties believe in most of the same things—sharply reduced immigration, increased birth rates, Euroscepticism, distrust of globalisation and Islam, strong families, and support of the Christian faith.

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