Much of the surprising election earthquake in Europe revolves around the Schengen Borders Code. This regulation allows unchecked movement of populations between member countries in the European Union. In effect, French borders were erased (as were other EU nations) and their sovereignty was lost. Much of the immigration was from poorer EU countries to wealthier EU countries. And there was an increase in organized criminal gangs from Romania and elsewhere.
Schengen Borders Code
Irrespective of nationality, any person may cross the internal borders at any crossing-point without checks being carried out. The police may exercise their powers in border zones in the same fashion as elsewhere in their territory, provided that this is not equivalent to the exercise of border checks.
EU countries must remove all obstacles to fluid traffic flow at road crossing-points at internal borders.
Where there is a serious threat to public policy or internal security, an EU country may exceptionally reintroduce border controls at its internal borders for, in principle, a limited period of no more than thirty days. If such controls are to be reintroduced, the other EU countries and the Commission should be informed as soon as possible. The European Parliament should also be informed.
The EU is broken and a failure. Nationalists in the United States face the same issues: an unchecked southern border; an unchecked movement of undocumented aliens; organized criminal gangs and drug trade; a loss of border control and a subsequent erosion of our sovereignty. The American Freedom Party wants enforcement and a return to our traditional American values and culture. Join us!
Nationalists In Europe
Nationalists won the day, besting every conventional party in France, Great Britain, Denmark, and Greece, and posting notable scores in Sweden, Germany, Hungary, and elsewhere. In a European Union bitterly riven by economic and financial crises, high unemployment, and anemic economies, populist parties—which trade on finger-pointing at everything from the euro currency and EU regulations to migrants and Islam—at the very least claimed bragging rights.
France’s far-right National Front has won a nationwide election for the first time, as far-right parties across Europe caused a political “earthquake,” with a string of victories in voting for the European Parliament.
The National Front, led by Marine Le Pen, notched up 24.95% of the vote in France, according to official estimates, well ahead of mainstream parties UMP and the Socialist Party. Le Pen said the win showed that people want to see change in Europe.
France’s Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the result was “more than a warning. It is a shock, an earthquake.”
Right-wing parties also gained ground in the UK, Denmark and Austria, according to projections posted on the European Parliament’s official elections website.
Euroskepticism Is Nationalism
Right-wing parties and other so-called right-wing parties and other so-called Euroskeptic groups who oppose the European Union are gaining ground, said Simon Usherwood, an expert on European politics at the University of Surrey.
“I think what’s really changed is you’re seeing a lot more groups on the edges, particularly with the far right, who are going to be much more of a feature of the next five years of the parliament,” he said.
So what does that mean?
“They don’t have enough votes to stop legislation going through,” Usherwood told CNN, “but what they will get, particularly on the far right, is the time for speaking in debates, the chairmanship of certain committees, which means that they’re going to have much more of a platform on which they can sell their message to voters.”
In France, which has 74 seats in the European Parliament, the National Front won 24.95% of votes, according to official estimates, coming in ahead of the center-right UMP, which scored 20.8%, and President Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party, which came in third with 14%.
Even though the vote was for a regional legislative body, the potential impact on France’s national political landscape was clear on Sunday. The results sparked stunned reactions from some French politicians and triumphant victory speeches from others.
The UK Independence party and France’s far-right Front National stormed to victory in European elections on Sunday night, as populist and nationalist parties across the continent dealt a heavy blow to the European project.
Nigel Farage, Ukip leader, said the result represented an “earthquake”, while Marine Le Pen, the FN leader, said that there had been a “massive rejection of the EU”; mainstream politicians struggled to come to terms with what had happened.
Manuel Valls, the French socialist prime minister, called the FN victory “a shock, an earthquake that all responsible leaders must respond to”, as President François Hollande prepared to convene his cabinet to discuss the result.
In Britain, Labour was battling with Tories for second place , with the opposition party expected to just edge it. Nick Clegg, the pro-European Liberal Democrat leader who confronted Mr Farage in two televised debates on Europe, was set to lose most of his 12 MEPs. By 2am the Lib Dems had won just one seat, with London results delayed. Danny Alexander, Lib Dem Treasury minister, said the results were “pretty awful”.