In Milan, last Saturday, far-right leaders gathered in a rally under this main idea: “Here you won’t find the far-right, but the politics of good sense. The extremists are those who have governed Europe for the past 20 years.”(Mateo Salvini)
With this statement, Salvini exposure that there is not awareness of their own ideology: nationalism. Lets be clear, there is nothing wrong to believe that isolationism, anti-globalization movements or leaving the Europe Union will deliver prosperity but its also certain, that there obscure way of funding, a contradictory and aggressive anti-solidarity message and a complex strategy –anti-EU but with a block inside the EU- destroy entirely there own means.
Guy Verhofstadt has recently challenged Mateo Salvini to a one-to-one debate that is precisely the way to fight back: debate. I firmly believe that is the most democratically, open and honest way to dismantle a no realistic “nationalist project”. Despite their firm conviction that they are a “group of common sense”, the famous Brexit lies (NHS, funding, deal-no deal, etc.) exposure that just a steady argumentation is not enough to deliver a coherent nationalist message. However, we need to be clear that debate, although no accountable or transparent, is the only way to guarantee democracy. Our point of starting should be always an open debate, is it for this reason that excluding radical VOX in Spain for the main debate in TV on the last election was not the correct decision. The best way to see how weak their proposals are is, by debating.
Nationalism it’s a reaction to crises not a solution, that is why in the short term they look popular and promising. However, erasing all structures without alternative models doesn’t seem the best way to get into resilient Nations able to cope with all crises including their own national deficit and political crisis. Definitely -and even on crisis time- there are more examples of consolidated successful democracies than Nationalists systems.
What is the real goal of this far-right group Europe of Nations and Freedom? A powerful political leadership, a small group pushing for changes? The boost of a cultural establishment on racism, Islamophobia and anti-migrants, or just part of political circumstances in which only certain groups get benefits?. It raises many questions as the main parties of Salvini and Le Pen hold as main “trademarks” anti-migration and Islamophobia, which are far away from a philosophy centered on “Freedom”. In fact are precisely those aspects that undermine their credibility, as Europe is not a failure as a project in itself but on bureaucratic and strict institutional aspects. Is of common understanding that an open mentality towards migration its only part of a philosophical focus and do not address current challenges on a realistic perspective. Muslim migration has exceeded European capacities, but it’s also a fact, that is a consequence of current political focus that demands a reshape on national strategies towards a different –or even none- military presence in Middle East. So, pretend that blocking a massive movement of people or producing policies against the Muslim population by boycotting the European Union will deliver “common sense” or “freedom”, is not only a mistake but also a deadlock in political terms.
Globalization and current structure of the European Union has brought many benefits for all the Nations but also a structure out of control that must be reshaped urgently for becoming effective. In fact, joint action -not necessary an even closer Union- may deliver those solutions that we need. Instead of defensive and easy policies, elaborated strategies coming from the capacity to deliver solutions for all within an inclusive focus.
Far-right -as a difference from other ideologies- has a clear focus and must be established on those terms. The irresponsible attitude of being “nationalists” but at the same time expects to be seen as “centrists” is simple absurd and represents their own contradictions and short-termism.
An intricate psychology that is directly influenced but the presence of foreign interests on the search for cancelling current European axis and draw a new map of power.
Above all, lets be accountable and transparent starting for their own way of funding that is marking a complex mentality and a cumbersome political roadmap.
As the painting from Chirico, “Awaiting” we need to wait to see if finally this groups resolve their internal contradictions and truly delivers a “common sense” message and not as they are currently doing: an “anti-message” based on boycott, aggression, lack of solidarity and destruction of inclusive policies.