‘Christian Right International’ spreads fear! - ABDULLAH MURADOĞLU

‘Christian Right International’ spreads fear!

The issue of "immigrants" puts leverage on political developments in the Western world. The issue poisons the alliance between the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU) in Germany which have been partners for 60 years. CSU leader and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer opposes the moderate migration policy of Angela Merkel. Horst Seehofer is driving Merkel into a tight corner, threatening to resign as both minister and as chairman of Bavaria's Christian Social Union. Seehofer is in the position of "If I go, so does Merkel.” If Merkel concedes to Seehofer, she may lose the support of the Social Democratic Party. No matter what she does, Merkel is on a knife’s edge.

The CSU, which is more conservative than the Christian Democrats, operates only in Bavaria in Germany. Bavaria is the stronghold of the CSU. The rise of the far-right "Alternative for Germany (AfD)" party (the far-right party was formerly CSU) is also affecting the Free State of Bavaria. There are elections to be held in Bavaria in October and the CSU does not want to lose its dominance. The eurosceptic AfD party not only collects votes from the right but also shifts from the left party voters.

Anti-immigrant movements in Europe are expressed in the form of “anti-Islam" acts. Another characteristic of these movements is that they are in an "opposition to the EU." There is an ongoing battle between the "Federalization of Europe" and "Europe of the regions" processes. In the U.S. front, this war is being run by the followers of the "White, and Christian America." According to Steve Bannon, Trump's spoiled and obstreperous strategist, Islam is an existential threat to the “Christian-Zionist Western Civilization.” Seehofer, Federal Interior Minister after resigning as the Minister President of Bavaria, has begun his new job by saying "No. Islam does not belong to Germany. Germany is shaped by Christianity."

Bannon and Trump are also eurosceptic. Trump even told President Emmanuel Macron that France should exit the EU. Russia does not like the idea of a "Federal Europe" either. There are some debates taking place that right or left populist parties receive support from right circles in the U.S., and from Russia. The alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election remains a central focus for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is heading the criminal investigation in the United States. Similar allegations are also being made for the U.K’s Brexit. Former White House Chief strategist Steve Bannon is tied up with former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, who is the pioneer of Brexit. Both names often emphasize that they have played a key role in the Brexit campaign of Breitbart News, an alt-right media outlet. The kind of world that the allied cooperation between radical right-wing parties, referred to as the "Christian Right International", in the West, would lead to is the subject of another column. However, the column titled "Guess who helped the rise of Europe’s mini-Trumps? Brexit-poisoned Britain" authored by former Prime Minister of Belgium Guy Verhofstadt and published in The Guardian on June28, can give an idea or some hints thereof. In his article, Verhofstadt, who advocates "Federal Europe," emphasizes that “an adjoined but equally totemic challenge facing the people of Europe is the growing split between liberal democratic leaders and the ‘mini Trumps’ of central and eastern Europe.” According to Verhofstadt, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who has been busy building an anti-liberal alliance, with the assistance of Steve Bannon is intent on infecting Europe’s mainstream conservatism from within.

Racist and anti-immigrant movements prompt the mainstream parties to adopt more harsh immigration policies. Thilo Sarrazin, a former member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank (German Central Bank) and also a former politician of the Social Democratic Party had resigned because of his anti-Islamic and anti-immigrant views in his book: Deutschland schafft sich ab (Germany abolishes itself). The truth of the matter is that immigrants are not the reason for the rise of radical parties in the West. Immigrants are just an excuse. Immigrants are not the cause of the crisis but the symptom. The problem stems from the intrinsic crisis of the global system. The crisis is due to the question of how to redesign the system. It's has more to do with the Muslim world, Asia, and Africa's place in the new world system.


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