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By Luna Bolívar / Translation: Blanca García
  • “When discontent does not find anyone to direct itself against, it looks for its own representatives”
  • “Danish populists combine an anti-immigration discourse with charitable chauvinism”
  • Demands such as the “annihilation of gypsies” are not uncommon in Eastern Europe

Siv Jensen, leader of one of the most successful right-wing populist parties in Europe, the Norwegian Progress Party, votes in Oslo in 2009. In this election, her group got 23% of the votes. (AP/Scanpix. Erlend Aas)

50 additional policemen are hardly going to put free circulation inside the EU in any real danger. Probably no European citizen is going to be denied entrance into Denmark. And, really, nobody believes that the border posts Copenhagen ordered reopening in the beginning of July will do anything to fight cross-border crime.

But all of that does not matter. The fifty Danish agents play another role, a symbolic one: it sends Brussels the message that community agreements might be respected, or not. And to the citizens, that the government acts. The collateral effect is a blow to the Rule of law, because the action proves what the experts have been stating for some time now: the growing capacity of European far-right parties to put their issues on the political agenda.

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