Far-right politics, also referred to as the extreme right or right-wing extremism, are politics further on the right of the left–right political spectrum than the standard political right, particularly in terms of extremist nationalism, nativist ideologies, and authoritarian tendencies.
Historically used to describe the experiences of fascism and Nazism, today far-right politics includes neo-fascism, neo-Nazism, the Third Position, the alt-right, white supremacism, white nationalism and other ideologies or organizations that feature aspects of ultranationalist, chauvinist, xenophobic, theocratic, racist, homophobic, transphobic, anti-communist, or reactionary views.
Far-right politics can lead to oppression, violence, forced assimilation, ethnic cleansing, and even genocide against groups of people based on their supposed inferiority, or their perceived threat to the native ethnic group, nation, state, national religion, dominant culture, or ultraconservative traditional social institutions.
The core of the far-right's worldview is organicism, the idea that society functions as a complete, organized and homogeneous living being.
Adapted to the community they wish to constitute or reconstitute (whether based on ethnicity, nationality, religion or race), the concept leads them to reject every form of universalism in favor of autophilia and alterophobia, or in other words the idealization of a "we" excluding a "they".
The far-right tends to absolutize differences between nations, races, individuals or cultures since they disrupt their efforts towards the utopian dream of the "closed" and naturally organized society, perceived as the condition to ensure the rebirth of a community finally reconnected to its quasi-eternal nature and re-established on firm metaphysical foundations.
As they view their community in a state of decay facilitated by the ruling elites, far-right members portray themselves as a natural, sane and alternative elite, with the redemptive mission of saving society from its promised doom.
They reject both their national political system and the global geopolitical order (including their institutions and values, e.g. political liberalism and egalitarian humanism) which are presented as needing to be abandoned or purged of their impurities, so that the "redemptive community" can eventually leave the current phase of liminal crisis to usher in the new era.
The community itself is idealized through great archetypal figures (the Golden Age, the savior, decadence and global conspiracy theories) as they glorify irrationalistic and non-materialistic values such as the youth or the cult of the dead.
Political scientist Cas Mudde argues that the far-right can be viewed as a combination of four broadly defined concepts, namely exclusivism (e.g. racism, xenophobia, ethnocentrism, or ethnopluralism), anti-democratic and non-individualist traits (e.g. cult of personality, hierarchism, monism, populism, anti-particracy, an organicist view of the state), a traditionalist value system lamenting the disappearance of historic frames of reference (e.g. law and order, the family, the ethnic, linguistic and religious community and nation as well as the natural environment) and a socioeconomic program associating corporatism, state control of certain sectors, agrarianism and a varying degree of belief in the free play of socially Darwinistic market forces.
Mudde then proposes a subdivision of the far-right nebula into moderate and radical leanings, according to their degree of exclusionism and essentialism.
Claims that superior people should have greater rights than inferior people are often associated with the far-right, as they have historically favored a social Darwinistic or elitist hierarchy based on the belief in the legitimacy of the rule of a supposed superior minority over the inferior masses.
Regarding the socio-cultural dimension of nationality, culture and migration, one far-right position is the view that certain ethnic, racial or religious groups should stay separate and it is based on the belief that the interests of one's own group should be prioritized.
According to Jean-Yves Camus and Nicolas Lebourg, the modern ambiguities in the definition of the "far-right" lie in the fact that the concept is generally used by political adversaries to "disqualify and stigmatize all forms of partisan nationalism by reducing them to the historical experiments of Italian Fascism [and] German National Socialism".
While the existence of such a political position is widely accepted among scholars, figures associated with the far-right rarely accept this denomination, preferring terms like "national movement" or "national right".
In the words of Mudde, "the labels Neo-Nazi and to a lesser extent neo-Fascism are now used exclusively for parties and groups that explicitly state a desire to restore the Third Reich or quote historical National Socialism as their ideological influence".
One issue is whether parties should be labelled radical or extreme, a distinction that is made by the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany when determining whether or not a party should be banned.
An extremist party opposes liberal democracy and the constitutional order while a radical one accepts free elections and the parliament as legitimate structures.
After a survey of the academic literature, Mudde concluded in 2002 that the terms "right-wing extremism", "right-wing populism", "national populism", or "neo-populism" were often used as synonyms by scholars, in any case with "striking similarities", except notably among a few authors studying the extremist-theoretical tradition.
Relation to right-wing politics
Another question is what the label "right" implies when it is applied to the extreme right, given the fact that many parties that were originally labeled right-wing extremist tended to advance neoliberal and free market agendas as late as the 1980s, but now advocate economic policies which are more traditionally associated with the left such as anti-globalization, nationalization and protectionism.
One approach, drawing on the writings of Norberto Bobbio, argues that attitudes towards political equality are what distinguish the left from the right and they therefore allow these parties to be positioned on the right of the political spectrum.
Aspects of far-right ideology can be identified in the agenda of some contemporary right-wing parties, in particular the idea that superior persons should dominate society while undesirable elements should be purged which in extreme cases resulted in genocides.
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform in London, has distinguished between fascism and right-wing nationalist parties which are often described as far-right such as the National Front in France.
Mudde notes that the most successful European far-right parties in 2019 were "former mainstream right-wing parties that have turned into populist radical right ones".
According to historian Mark Sedgwick, "[t]here is no general agreement as to where the mainstream ends and the extreme starts, and if there ever had been agreement on this, the recent shift in the mainstream would challenge it".
Proponents of the horseshoe theory interpretation of the left–right spectrum identify the far-left and the far-right as having more in common with each other as extremists than each of them has with centrists or moderates.
However, the horseshoe theory does not enjoy support within academic circles and has received criticism, including the view that it has been centrists who have supported far-right and fascist regimes that they prefer in power over socialist ones.
Nature of support
Jens Rydgren describes a number of theories as to why individuals support far-right political parties and the academic literature on this topic distinguishes between demand-side theories that have changed the "interests, emotions, attitudes and preferences of voters" and supply-side theories which focus on the programmes of parties, their organization and the opportunity structures within individual political systems.
The rise of far-right political parties has also been viewed as a rejection of post-materialist values on the part of some voters.
This theory which is known as the reverse post-material thesis blames both left-wing and progressive parties for embracing a post-material agenda (including feminism and environmentalism) that alienates traditional working class voters.
Another study argues that individuals who join far-right parties determine whether those parties develop into major political players or whether they remain marginalized.
Early academic studies adopted psychoanalytical explanations for the far-right's support.
For some far-right political parties in Western Europe, the issue of immigration has become the dominant issue among them, so much so that some scholars refer to these parties as "anti-immigrant" parties.
The modern left–right political spectrum also emerged during this period: democrats and proponents of universal suffrage were located on the left side of the elected French Assembly, while monarchists seated farthest to the right.
Those who advocated a return to the absolute monarchy during the 19th century called themselves "ultra-monarchists" and embraced a "mystic" and "providentialist" vision of the world where royal dynasties were seen as the "repositories of divine will".
The opposition to liberal modernity was based on the belief that hierarchy and rootedness are more important than equality and liberty, with the latter two being dehumanizing.
A number of thinkers on the far-right nonetheless claimed an influence from an anti-Marxist and anti-egalitarian definition of socialism, based on a military comradeship that rejected Marxist class analysis, and sometimes described by scholars as a form of "socialist revisionism".
Those thinkers eventually split along nationalist lines from the original communist movement, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels contradicting nationalist theories with the idea that "the working men [had] no country".
The main reason for that ideological confusion can be found in the consequences of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, which according to Swiss historian Philippe Burrin  had completely redesigned the political landscape in Europe by diffusing the idea of an anti-individualistic concept of "national unity" rising above the right and left division.
As the concept of "the masses" was introduced into the political debate through industrialization and the universal suffrage, a new right-wing founded on national and social ideas began to emerge, what Zeev Sternhell has called the "revolutionary right" and a foreshadowing of fascism.
The rift between the left and nationalists was furthermore accentuated by the emergence of anti-militarist and anti-patriotic movements like anarchism or syndicalism, which shared even less similarities with the far-right.
The latter began to develop a "nationalist mysticism" entirely different from that on the left, and antisemitism turned into a credo of the far-right, marking a break from the traditional economic "anti-Judaism" defended by parts of the far-left, in favour of a racial and pseudo-scientific notion of alterity.
Völkisch and revolutionary right
Erected on the idea of "blood and soil", it was a racialist, populist, agrarian, romantic nationalist and an antisemitic movement from the 1900s onward as a consequence of a growing exclusive and racial connotation.
They idealized the myth of an "original nation", that still could be found at their times in the rural regions of Germany, a form of "primitive democracy freely subjected to their natural elites".
Thinkers led by Arthur de Gobineau, Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Alexis Carrel and Georges Vacher de Lapouge distorted Darwin's theory of evolution to advocate a "race struggle" and an hygienist vision of the world.
The purity of the bio-mystical and primordial nation theorized by the Völkischen then began to be seen as corrupted by foreign elements, Jewish in particular.
Translated in Maurice Barrès' concept of "the earth and the dead", these ideas influenced the pre-fascist "revolutionary right" across Europe.
The latter had its origin in the fin de siècle intellectual crisis and, in the words of Fritz Stern, the deep "cultural despair" of thinkers feeling uprooted within the rationalism and scientism of the modern world.
It was characterized by a rejection of the established social order, with revolutionary tendencies and anti-capitalist stances, a populist and plebiscitary dimension, the advocacy of violence as a means of action and a call for individual and collective palingenesis.
The key thinkers of contemporary far-right politics are claimed by Mark Sedgwick to share four key elements, namely apocalyptism, fear of global elites, belief in Carl Schmitt's friend-enemy distinction and the idea of metapolitics.
Related to it is the fear of global elites, who are seen as responsible for the decline.
In a 1961 book deemed influential in the European far-right at large, French neo-fascist writer Maurice Bardèche introduced the idea that fascism could survive the 20th century under a new metapolitical guise adapted to the changes of the times.
Rather than trying to revive doomed regimes with their single party, secret police or public display of Caesarism, Bardèche argued that its theorists should promote the core philosophical idea of fascism regardless of its framework, i.e. the concept that only a minority, "the physically saner, the morally purer, the most conscious of national interest", can represent best the community and serve the less gifted in what Bardèche calls a new "feudal contract".
Another influence on contemporary far-right thought has been the Traditionalist School which included Julius Evola and has influenced Steve Bannon and Aleksandr Dugin, advisors to Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin as well as the Jobbik party in Hungary.
History by country
A number of far-right extremist and paramilitary groups carried out the Rwandan genocide under the racist supremacist ideology of Hutu Power, developed by journalist and Hutu supremacist Hassan Ngeze.
On 5 July 1975, exactly two years after the 1973 Rwandan coup d'état the far-right National Republican Movement for Democracy and Development (Mouvement républicain national pour la démocratie et le développement, or MRND) was founded under President Juvénal Habyarimana.
Between 1975 and 1991, the MRND was the only legal political party in the country.
It was dominated by Hutus, particularly from Habyarimana's home region of Northern Rwanda.
An elite group of MRND party members who were known to have influence on the President and his wife Agathe Habyarimana are known as the akazu, an informal organization of Hutu extremists whose members planned and lead the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Main article: Interahamwe
The Interahamwe was formed around 1990 as the youth wing of the MRND and enjoyed the backing of the Hutu Power government.
The Interahamwe were the main perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide, during which an estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 Tutsi, Twa and moderate Hutus were killed from April to July 1994, and the term Interahamwe was widened to mean any civilian bands killing Tutsi.
The Interahamwe were driven out of Rwanda after Tutsi-led Rwandan Patriotic Front victory in the Rwandan Civil War in July 1994, and are considered a terrorist organisation by many African and Western governments.
The Interahamwe and splinter groups such as the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda continue to wage an insurgency against Rwanda from neighboring countries, where they are also involved in local conflicts and terrorism.
Coalition for the Defence of the Republic
Main article: Coalition for the Defence of the Republic
Other far-right groups and paramilitaries involved included the anti-democratic segregationist Coalition for the Defence of the Republic (CDR) which called for complete segregation of Hutus from Tutsis.
The CDR had a paramilitary wing known as the Impuzamugambi.
Together with the Interahamwe militia, the Impuzamugambi played a central role in the Rwandan genocide.
Herstigte Nasionale Party
Main article: Herstigte Nasionale Party
The far-right in South Africa emerged as the Herstigte Nasionale Party (HNP) in 1969, formed by Albert Hertzog as breakaway from the predominant right-wing South African National Party, an Afrikaner ethno-nationalist party that implemented the racist, segregationist program of apartheid, the legal system of political, economic and social separation of the races intended to maintain and extend political and economic control of South Africa by the White minority.
The HNP was formed after the South African National Party re-established diplomatic relations with Malawi and legislated to allow Māori players and spectators to enter the country during the 1970 New Zealand rugby union team tour in South Africa.
Main article: Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging
In 1973, Eugène Terre'Blanche, a former police officer founded the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (Afrikaner Resistance Movement), a South African neo-Nazi paramilitary organisation, often described as a white supremacist group.
Since its founding in 1973 by Eugène Terre'Blanche and six other far-right Afrikaners, it has been dedicated to secessionist Afrikaner nationalism and the creation of an independent Boer-Afrikaner republic in part of South Africa.
During negotiations to end apartheid in South Africa in the early 1990s, the organization terrorized and killed black South Africans.
Despite the legalisation of political parties in 1991 and the ratification of a democratic constitution in 1992, the regime continues to be regarded as oppressive.
In 1993, the European Union cut off aid in reaction to the regime's human-rights offenses.
After's Eyadema's death in 2005, his son Faure Gnassingbe took over, then stood down and was re-elected in elections that were widely described as fraudulent and occasioned violence that resulted in as many as 600 deaths and the flight from Togo of 40,000 refugees.
In 2012, Faure Gnassingbe dissolved the RTP and created the Union for the Republic.
Main article: Human rights in Togo
Throughout the reign of the Gnassingbé family, Togo has been extremely oppressive.
According to a United States Department of State report based on conditions in 2010, human rights abuses are common and include "security force use of excessive force, including torture, which resulted in deaths and injuries; official impunity; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; arbitrary arrests and detention; lengthy pretrial detention; executive influence over the judiciary; infringement of citizens' privacy rights; restrictions on freedoms of press, assembly, and movement; official corruption; discrimination and violence against women; child abuse, including female genital mutilation (FGM), and sexual exploitation of children; regional and ethnic discrimination; trafficking in persons, especially women and children; societal discrimination against persons with disabilities; official and societal discrimination against homosexual persons; societal discrimination against persons with HIV; and forced labor, including by children."
Prior to World War II, Nazis had been making and distributing propaganda among ethnic Germans in Brazil.
The Nazi regime built close ties with Brazil through the estimated 100 thousand native Germans and 1 million German descendants living in Brazil at the time.
In 1928, the Brazilian section of the Nazi Party was founded in Timbó, Santa Catarina.
This section reached 2,822 members and was the largest section of the Nazi Party outside Germany.
About 100 thousand born Germans and about one million descendants lived in Brazil at that time.
During the 1920s and 1930s, a local brand of religious fascism appeared known as integralism a green-shirted paramilitary organization with uniformed ranks, highly regimented street demonstrations and rhetoric against Marxism and liberalism.
After Germany's defeat in World War II, many Nazi war criminals fled to Brazil and hid among the German-Brazilian communities.
Mengele performed horrific medical experiments.
Mengele drowned in Bertioga, on the coast of São Paulo state, without ever having been recognized.
The far-right has continued to operate throughout Brazil and a number of far right parties existed in the modern era including Patriota, the Brazilian Labour Renewal Party, the Party of the Reconstruction of the National Order, the National Renewal Alliance and the Social Liberal Party as well as death squads such as the Command for Hunting Communists.
Bolsonaro has been widely described by numerous media organizations as far-right.
Central American death squads
Main article: National Liberation Movement (Guatemala)
Along with other far-right extremists, Castillo Armas started the National Liberation Movement (Movimiento de Liberación Nacional, or MLN).
The founders of the party described it as the "party of organized violence".
The new government promptly reversed the democratic reforms initiated during the Guatemalan Revolution and the agrarian reform program (Decree 900) that was the main project of president Jacobo Arbenz Guzman and which directly impacted the interests of both the United Fruit Company and the Guatemalan landowners.
Mano Blanca, otherwise known as the Movement of Organized Nationalist Action, was set up in 1966 as a front for the MLN to carry out its more violent activities, along with many other similar groups, including the New Anticommunist Organization and the Anticommunist Council of Guatemala.
Armed with the support and coordination of the Guatemalan Armed Forces, Mano Blanca began a campaign described by the United States Department of State as one of "kidnappings, torture, and summary execution".
One of the main targets of Mano Blanca was the Revolutionary Party, an anti-communist group that was the only major reform oriented party allowed to operate under the military-dominated regime.
Other targets included the banned leftist parties.
Human rights activist Blase Bonpane described the activities of Mano Blanca as being an integral part of the policy of the Guatemalan government and by extension the policy of the United States government and the Central Intelligence Agency.
Overall, Mano Blanca was responsible for thousands of murders and kidnappings, leading travel writer Paul Theroux to refer to them as "Guatemala's version of a volunteer Gestapo unit".
Death squads in El Salvador
Main article: Death squads in El Salvador
During the El Salvador Civil War, far-right death squads known in Spanish by the name of Escuadrón de la Muerte, literally "Squadron of Death, achieved notoriety when a sniper assassinated Archbishop Óscar Romero while he was saying Mass in March 1980.
Death squads were instrumental in killing thousands of peasants and activists.
Funding for the squads came primarily from right-wing Salvadoran businessmen and landowners.
Some death squads such as Sombra Negra are still operating in El Salvador.
Death squads in Honduras
Main article: Death squads in Honduras
Honduras also had far-right death squads active through the 1980s, the most notorious of which was Battalion 3–16.
Hundreds of people, teachers, politicians and union bosses were assassinated by government-backed forces.
Battalion 316 received substantial support and training from the United States through the Central Intelligence Agency.
At least nineteen members were School of the Americas graduates.
Following the 2009 coup d'état, former Battalion 3–16 member Nelson Willy Mejía Mejía became Director-General of Immigration and Billy Joya was de facto President Roberto Micheletti's security advisor.
Napoleón Nassar Herrera, another former Battalion 3–16 member, was high Commissioner of Police for the north-west region under Zelaya and under Micheletti, even becoming a Secretary of Security spokesperson "for dialogue" under Micheletti.
Zelaya claimed that Joya had reactivated the death squad, with dozens of government opponents having been murdered since the ascent of the Michiletti and Lobo governments.
National Synarchist Union
Main article: National Synarchist Union
The largest far-right party in Mexico is the National Synarchist Union.
It was historically a movement of the Roman Catholic extreme right, in some ways akin to clerical fascism and falangism, implacably opposed to the left-wing and secularist policies of the Institutional Revolutionary Party and its predecessors that governed Mexico from 1929 to 2000 and 2012 to 2018.
The term far-right, along with extreme right and ultra-right, has been used in the United States to describe "militant forms of insurgent revolutionary right ideology and separatist ethnocentric nationalism" such as Christian Identity, the Creativity Movement, the Ku Klux Klan, the National Socialist Movement and the National Alliance.
They share conspiracist views of power which are overwhelmingly antisemitic and reject pluralist democracy in favour of an organic oligarchy that would unite the perceived homogeneously-racial Völkish nation.
Main article: Radical right (United States)
Starting in the 1870s and continuing through the late 19th century, numerous white supremacist paramilitary groups operated in the South, with the goal of organizing against and intimidating supporters of the Republican Party.
Its major support came from the urban south, the midwest and the Pacific Coast.
While the Klan initially drew upper middle class support, its bigotry and violence alienated these members and it came to be dominated by less educated and poorer members.
The Klan claimed that there was a secret Catholic army within the United States loyal to the Pope, that one million Knights of Columbus were arming themselves and that Irish-American policemen would shoot Protestants as heretics.
They claimed that the Catholics were planning to take Washington and put the Vatican in power and that all presidential assassinations had been carried out by Catholics.
The prominent Klan leader D. believed in the C. Stephensonantisemitic canard of Jewish control of finance, claiming that international Jewish bankers were behind the World War I and planned to destroy economic opportunities for Christians.
They were also anti-elitist and attacked "the intellectuals", seeing themselves as egalitarian defenders of the common man.
During the Great Depression, there were a large number of small nativist groups, whose ideologies and bases of support were similar to those of earlier nativist groups.
However, proto-fascist movements such as Huey Long's Share Our Wealth and Charles Coughlin's National Union for Social Justice emerged which differed from other right-wing groups by attacking big business, calling for economic reform and rejecting nativism.
Coughlin's group later developed a racist ideology.
Although small militias had existed throughout the latter half of the 20th century, the groups became more popular during the early 1990s, after a series of standoffs between armed citizens and federal government agents such as the 1992 Ruby Ridge siege and 1993 Waco Siege.
These groups expressed concern for what they perceived as government tyranny within the United States and generally held constitutionalist and libertarian political views, with a strong focus on the Second Amendment gun rights and tax protest.
They also embraced many of the same conspiracy theories as predecessor groups on the radical right, particularly the New World Order conspiracy theory.
A minority of militia groups such as the Aryan Nations and the Posse Comitatus were white nationalists and saw militia and patriot movements as a form of white resistance against what they perceived to be a liberal and multiculturalist government.
More recently, militia and patriot organizations were involved in the 2014 Bundy standoff and the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
After the September 11 attacks in 2001, the Counterjihad movement, supported by groups such as Stop Islamization of America and individuals such as Frank Gaffney and Pamela Geller, began to gain traction among the American right.
The Counterjihad members were widely dubbed Islamophobic for their vocal condemnation of the Islamic faith and their belief that there was a significant threat posed by Muslims living in America.
Its proponents believed that the United States was under threat from "Islamic supremacism", accusing the Council on American-Islamic Relations and even prominent conservatives such as Suhail A. Khan and Grover Norquist of supporting radical Islamists such as the Muslim Brotherhood.
The alt-right differs from previous radical right movements due to its heavy internet presence on sites such as 4chan.
Main article: Uyoku dantai
In 1996, the National Police Agency estimated that there were over 1,000 extremist right-wing groups in Japan, with about 100,000 members in total.
These groups are known in Japanese as Uyoku dantai.
While there are political differences among the groups, they generally carry a philosophy of anti-leftism, hostility towards China, North Korea and South Korea and justification of Japan's role in World War II.
Uyoku dantai groups are well known for their highly visible propaganda vehicles fitted with loudspeakers and prominently marked with the name of the group and propaganda slogans.
The vehicles play patriotic or wartime-era songs.
Activists affiliated with such groups have used Molotov cocktails and time bombs to intimidate moderate politicians and public figures, including former Deputy Foreign Minister Hitoshi Tanaka and Fuji Xerox Chairman Yotaro Kobayashi.
Koichi Kato and Yotaro Kobayashi had spoken out against Koizumi's visits to Yasukuni Shrine.
Openly revisionist, Nippon Kaigi is considered "the biggest right-wing organization in Japan".
Estonia's most significant far-right movement waa the Vaps Movement.
Its ideological predecessor Valve Liit was found by Johan Pitka, and it was later banned for maligning the government.
Vaps begun as the "Union of Participants in the Estonian War of Independence" found in 1921.
Later activity in the organization died down, and the Tallin chapter of the organization and a number of smaller chapters formed "Organization of the Estonian Freedom Fighters"; the Vapsid.
The organization originally aimed to better the position of the veterans, but became politicized quickly and soon turned into a mass fascist movement.
In 1933 Estonians voted on Vaps' proposed changes to the constitution, such as empowering the role of the State Elder, and the changes were accepted with roughly 75% of Estonians voting in favor of the changes.
In Tallinn in 1933 Vaps wo 47 of the 87 seats in municipal council, in Tarto 33 out of 65.
The Vaps were also predicted to win supermajority in the Parliament.
However, the State Elder Konstantin Päts declared state of emergency and imprisoned the leadership of the Vaps.
In 1935, all political parties were banned.
In 1935, Vaps coup attempt was discovered, which lead to the banning of the Blues-and-Blacks, Finnish Patriotic People's Movement's youth wing that had been secretly aiding and arming them.
Mysterious death of the Vaps leader Artur Sirk followed soon, leading many to speculate he had been killed by Päts' agents.
The Blues-and-Blacks was reorganized as Blackshirts and continued operating in Finland unlike its fellow Estonian movement.
A governing Estonian party Conservative People's Party of Estonia been described as far-right.
The neo-nazi terrorist organisation Feuerkrieg Division was found and operates in the country.
Some members of the Conservative Party allegedly have links to the Feuerkrieg Division.
Main article: Far-right politics in Croatia
The association with the Ustaše has been called neo-Ustashism by Slavko Goldstein.
Far-right was strongest in Finland in 1920-1940 when Academic Karelia Society, Lapua Movement, Patriotic People's Movement and Vientirauha operated in the country and had hundreds of thousands of members.
In addition to these dominant far-right organizations, smaller nazi parties operated as well, such as the Finnish People's Organisation (Suomen Kansan Järjestö) with 20,000 members, led by Jäger-Captain Arvi Kalsta and the Blue Cross (Siniristi) with 12,000 members.
The groups exercised considerable political power, for example pressuring the government to outlaw communist parties and newspapers and expel freemasons from the armed forces.
The groups also attacked left-wing events and politicians systematically, resulting in deaths.
Minister of the Interior Heikki Ritavuori was assassinated for supposedly being too lenient towards communists.
Conservative and White Guard authorities supported the far-right to a large extent, for instance the social democrat politician Onni Happonen was arrested by police who then turned him over to a fascist lynch mob to be killed.
During the Cold War, all partied deemed "fascist" were banned according to the Paris Peace Treaties and all former fascist activists had to find new political homes.
Despite of Finlandization many continued in public life.
Yrjö Ruutu, the leader of a nazi party competing with the SKJ joined the Finnish People's Democratic League.
Juhani Konkka, the party secretary and editor-in-chief of the party newspaper "National Socialist" (Kansallissosialisti) abandoned politics and became an accomplished translator, receiving a cultural award of the Soviet Union.
Three former members of the Waffen SS served as ministers of defense; Sulo Suorttanen and Pekka Malinen, both officers in the Finnish SS Battalion and Mikko Laaksonen , a soldier in the Maschinengewehr-Ski-Bataillon ”Finnland” consisting of pro-Nazi Finns who rejected the peace treaty.
During the Cold War, far-right activism was limited to small illegal groups like the clandestine nazi occultist group led by Pekka Siitoin who made headlines after arson and bombing of the printing houses of the Communist Party of Finland.
The Nordic Realm Party also had some supporters.
Member of the NRP Seppo Seluska was convicted of the torture and murder of a gay Jew.
The skinhead culture gained momentum during the late 1980s and peaked during the late 1990s.
In 1991, Finland received a number of Somali immigrants who became the main target of Finnish skinhead violence in the following years, including four attacks using explosives and a racist murder.
Asylum seeker centres were attacked, in Joensuu skinheads would force their way into an asylum seeker centre and start shooting with shotguns.
At worst somalis were assaulted by 50 skinheads at the same time.
The most prominent neo-nazi group Nordic Resistance Movement that is tied to multiple murders, attempted murders and assaults of political enemies was found in 2006 and proscribed in 2019.
The second biggest Finnish party, the Finns Party has been described as far-right.
The NRM along with other nationalist organizations organizes an annual torch march demonstration in Helsinki on the Finnish independence day, which ends at the Hietaniemi cemetery where members visit the tomb of Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim and the monument to the Finnish SS Battalion.
The event has been protested by antifascists, which has led to counterdemonstrators being violently assaulted by the NRM members who act as security.
The demonstration attracts close to 3000 participants according to the estimates of the police and hundreds of officers patrol Helsinki to prevent violent clashes.
The march has been attended and promoted by the Finns Party, and condemned by left-wing parties, for example Green League MP Iiris Suomela characterized it as "obviously neo-nazi" and expressed her disappointment in it being attended by such a large number of people.
Main article: History of far-right movements in France
The largest far-right party in Europe today is the French anti-immigration party National Rally, formally known as the National Front.
The party was founded in 1972, uniting a variety of French far-right groups under the leadership of Jean-Marie Le Pen.
Since 1984, it has been the major force of French nationalism.
Jean-Marie Le Pen's daughter Marine Le Pen was elected to succeed him as party leader in 2012.
Main article: Far-right politics in Germany (1945–present)
In 1960, the West German parliament voted unanimously to "make it illegal to incite hatred, to provoke violence, or to insult, ridicule or defame 'parts of the population' in a manner apt to breach the peace".
Today, German law outlaws anything that "approves of, glorifies or justifies the violent and despotic rule of the National Socialists".
Section 86a of the Strafgesetzbuch (Criminal Code) outlaws any "use of symbols of unconstitutional organizations" outside the contexts of "art or science, research or teaching".
The law primarily outlaws the use of Nazi symbols, flags, insignia, uniforms, slogans and forms of greeting.
Main article: Metaxism
Metaxism called for the regeneration of the Greek nation and the establishment of an ethnically homogeneous state.
Metaxism disparaged liberalism, and held individual interests to be subordinate to those of the nation, seeking to mobilize the Greek people as a disciplined mass in service to the creation of a "new Greece".
The Metaxist government derived its authority from the conservative establishment and its doctrines strongly supported traditional institutions such as the Greek Orthodox Church and the Greek Royal Family; essentially reactionary, it lacked the radical theoretical dimensions of ideologies such as Italian Fascism and German Nazism.
Axis occupation of Greece and aftermath
Main article: Axis occupation of Greece
The Metaxis regime came to an end after the Axis powers invaded Greece.
The Axis occupation of Greece began in April 1941.
The occupation ruined the Greek economy and brought about terrible hardships for the Greek civilian population.
The Jewish population of Greece was nearly eradicated.
Of its pre-war population of 75–77,000, only around 11–12,000 survived, either by joining the resistance or being hidden.
Following the short-lived interim government of Georgios Papandreou, the far-right again seized power in Greece during the 1967 Greek coup d'état murdering Papandreou and replacing the interim government with the far-right, US backed Greek junta.
The Junta was a series of far-right military juntas that ruled Greece from 1967 to 1974.
The junta's rule ended on 24 July 1974 under the pressure of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, leading to the Metapolitefsi ("regime change") to democracy and the establishment of the Third Hellenic Republic.
At the May 2012 Greek legislative election, Golden Dawn won a number of seats in the Greek parliament, the party received 6.92% of the vote.
Founded by Nikolaos Michaloliakos, Golden Dawn had its origins in the movement that worked towards a return to right-wing military dictatorship in Greece.
Following an investigation into the 2013 murder of Pavlos Fyssas, an anti-fascist rapper, by a supporter of the party, Michaloliakos and several other Golden Dawn parliamentarians and members were arrested and held in pre-trial detention on suspicion of forming a criminal organization.
The trial began on 20 April 2015 and is ongoing as of 2019.
Golden Dawn later lost all of its remaining seats in the Greek Parliament in the 2019 Greek legislative election.
A 2020 survey showed the party's popularity plummeting to just 1.5%, down from 2.9% in previous year's elections.
The Kingdom of Hungary was an Axis power during World War II.
By 1944, Hungary was in secret negotiations with the Allies.
Main article: Jobbik
Hungary's largest far-right organisation is the Movement for a Better Hungary, commonly known as Jobbik, a radical Hungarian nationalist party.
The party describes itself as "a principled, conservative and radically patriotic Christian party", whose "fundamental purpose" is the protection of "Hungarian values and interests".
The far-right has maintained a continuous political presence in Italy since the fall of Mussolini.
The neo-fascist party Italian Social Movement (1946–1995), influenced by the previous Italian Social Republic (1943–1945), became one of the chief reference points for the European far-right from the end of World War II until the late 1980s.
According to some scholars, it gave neo-fascism a new respectability.
In 2011, it was estimated that the neo-fascist CasaPound party had 5,000 members.
The name is derived from the fascist poet Ezra Pound.
There has been collaboration between CasaPound and the identitarian movement.
The European migrant crisis has become an increasingly divisive issue in Italy.
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has been courting far-right voters.
Both parties are using Mussolini nostalgia to further their aims.
Main article: Netherlands in World War II
About 70% of the country's Jewish population were killed during the occupation, a much higher percentage than comparable countries such as Belgium and France.
Most of the south of the country was liberated in the second half of 1944.
The rest, especially the west and north of the country still under occupation, suffered from a famine at the end of 1944 known as the Hunger Winter.
On 5 May 1945, the whole country was finally liberated by the total surrender of all German forces.
Other far-right Dutch groups include the neo-Nazi Dutch Peoples-Union (1973–present), the Centre Party (1982–1986), the Centre Party '86 (1986–1998), the Dutch Block (1992–2000), New National Party (1998–2005) and the ultranationalist National Alliance (2003–2007).
Main article: Far-right politics in Poland
Following the collapse of Communist Poland, the far-right ideology became visible.
The pan-Slavic and neopagan Polish National Union political party at its peak was one of the larger groups active in the early 1990s, numbering then some 4,000 members and making international headlines for its antisemitism and anti-Catholicism.
The National Revival of Poland, being a marginal political party under the leadership of Adam Gmurczyk, operates since the late 1980s.
The organization Association for Tradition and Culture "Niklot" was founded in 1998 by Tomasz Szczepanski, a former NOP member, promoting Slavic supremacy and neopaganism.
Since the mid-1990s, the ultra-Catholic Radio Maryja station has been on air with an anti-modernist, nationalist and xenophobic program.
In 1995, the Anti-Defamation League estimated the number of far-right and white power skinheads in Poland at 2,000, the fifth highest number after Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic and the United States.
The League of Polish Families won 38 seats in 2001, and 34 in 2005.
The ones that decided to stay with Kukiz'15, together with few other Kukiz's parliamentarians, formed parliamentary nationalist association called National Democracy (Endecja).
In 2019, the Confederation Liberty and Independence had the best performance of any far-right coalition to date, earning 1,256,953 votes which was 6.81% of the total vote in an election that saw a historically high turnout.
Members of far-right groups make up a significant portion of those taking part in the annual Independence March in central Warsaw which started in 2009 to mark Independence Day.
About 60,000 were in the 2017 march marking the 99th anniversary of independence, with placards such as "Clean Blood" seen on the march.
Greater Romania Party
Main article: Greater Romania Party
The preimenant far-right party in Romania is the Greater Romania Party, founded in 1991 by Tudor, who was formerly known as a "court poet" of Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and his literary mentor, the writer Eugen Barbu, one year after Tudor launched the România Mare weekly magazine, which remains the most important propaganda tool of the PRM.
Tudor subsequently launched a companion daily newspaper called Tricolorul.
Having been the largest entity to bear the name of Romania, the frontiers were marked with the intent of uniting most territories inhabited by ethnic Romanians into a single country and it is now a rallying cry for Romanian nationalists.
The party's initial success was partly attributed to the deep rootedness of Ceaușescu's national communism in Romania.
Both the ideology and the main political focus of the Greater Romania Party are reflected in frequently strongly nationalistic articles written by Tudor.
The party has called for the outlawing of the ethnic Hungarian party, the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania, for allegedly plotting the secession of Transylvania.
Main article: Far-right politics in Serbia
Today a large number of far-right groups operate in Serbia including the Serbian Radical Party, Serbian Party Oathkeepers, Leviathan Movement, Serbian Right and the explicitly neo-Nazi Nacionalni stroj (National Alignment).
Nacionalni stroj was banned in Serbia in 2012.
Main article: Far-right politics in the United Kingdom
The British far-right rose out of the fascist movement.
It was a pressure group rather than a political party, and did not contest elections.
Most of its members were part of the Conservative Party and were known for politically embarrassing stunts at party conferences.
With the decline of the British Empire becoming inevitable, British far-right parties turned their attention to internal matters.
The 1950s had seen an increase in immigration to the UK from its former colonies, particularly India, Pakistan, the Caribbean and Uganda.
After a few early successes, the party got into difficulties and was destroyed by internal arguments.
The BNP and the NF supported extreme loyalism in Northern Ireland, and attracted Conservative Party members who had become disillusioned after Harold Macmillan had recognised the right to independence of the African colonies and had criticised Apartheid in South Africa.
Since the 1990s, loyalist paramilitaries have been responsible for numerous racist attacks in loyalist areas.
During the 1970s, the NF's rallies became a regular feature of British politics.
Election results remained strong in a few working-class urban areas, with a number of local council seats won, but the party never came anywhere near winning representation in parliament.
Since the 1970s, the NF's support has been in decline whilst Nick Griffin and the BNP have grown in popularity.
Around the turn of the 21st century, the BNP won a number of councillor seats.
The party continued its anti-immigration policy and a damaging BBC documentary led to Griffin being charged with , although he was acquitted.
Main article: Far-right politics in Australia
Early far-right groups were followed by the explicitly fascist Australia First Movement (1941).
The far-right in Australia went on to acquire more explicitly racial connotations during the 1960s and 1970s, morphing into self-proclaimed Nazi, fascist and antisemitic movements, organisations that opposed non-white and non-Christian immigration such as the neo-Nazi National Socialist Party of Australia (1967) and the militant white supremacist group National Action (1982).
Since the 1980s, the term has mainly been used to describe those who express the wish to preserve what they perceive to be Judeo-Christian, Anglo-Australian culture and those who campaign against Aboriginal land rights, multiculturalism, immigration and asylum seekers.
Since 2001, Australia has seen the development of modern neo-Nazi, neo-fascist or alt-right groups such as the True Blue Crew, the United Patriots Front, Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party and the Antipodean Resistance.
Far-right parties in New Zealand lack significant support, with their protests often dwarfed by counter protest.
After the Christchurch mosque shootings in 2019, the National Front "publicly shut up shop" and largely went underground like other far-right groups.
Nationalist Vanua Tako Lavo Party
Main article: Nationalist Vanua Tako Lavo Party
The Nationalist Vanua Tako Lavo Party was a far-right political party which advocated Fijian ethnic nationalism.
In 2009, party leader Iliesa Duvuloco was arrested for breaching the military regime's emergency laws by distributing pamphlets calling for an uprising against the military regime.
In January 2013, the military regime introduced regulations that essentially de-registered the party.
A number of far-right internet pages and forums are focused on and frequented by the far-right.
These include Stormfront and Iron March.
Main article: Stormfront (website)
Stormfront is the oldest and most prominent neo-Nazi website, described by the Southern Poverty Law Center and other media organizations as the "murder capital of the internet".
In August 2017, Stormfront was taken offline for just over a month when its registrar seized its domain name due to complaints that it promoted hatred and that some of its members were linked to murder.
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law claimed credit for the action after advocating for Stormfront's web host, Network Solutions, to enforce its Terms of Service agreement which prohibits users from using its services to incite violence.
Main article: Iron March
Iron March was a fascist web forum, founded by Russian nationalist Alexander "Slavros" Mukhitdinov founded in 2011.
An unknown individual uploaded a database of Iron March users to the Internet Archive in November 2019 and multiple neo-Nazi users were identified, including an ICE detention center captain and several active members of the United States Armed Forces.
As of mid 2018, the Southern Poverty Law Center linked Iron March to nearly 100 murders.
Mukhitdinov remained a murky figure at the time of the leaks.
Main article: Right-wing terrorism
This type of terrorism has been sporadic, with little or no international cooperation.
Modern right-wing terrorism first appeared in western Europe in the 1980s and it first appeared in Eastern Europe following the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Right-wing terrorists aim to overthrow governments and replace them with nationalist or fascist-oriented governments.
The core of this movement includes neo-fascist skinheads, far-right hooligans, youth sympathisers and intellectual guides who believe that the state must rid itself of foreign elements in order to protect rightful citizens.
However, they usually lack a rigid ideology.
According to Cas Mudde, far-right terrorism and violence in the West have been generally perpetrated in recent times by individuals or groups of individuals "who have at best a peripheral association" with politically relevant organizations of the far-right.
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