The True Finns Party, for example, emerged as a clear winner in the Finnish elections on Sunday, with 19 percent of the vote. This anti-European Union political party capitalized on Finnish voters growing exasperation with what they view as the feckless profligacy of their southern neighbors. The True Finns campaigned on a platform of denying Portugal an EU bailout, though the country is at the precipice of default.
This Nordic result is a growing trend in Europe. From Finland to the Netherlands to Belgium to Hungary, reactionary anti-establishment parties and factions are on the rise. Though created by differing political cultures, the gaggle of anti-establishment, right-of-center movements across Europe is united by several common issues.
Many commentators have focused on their shared anti-immigrant rhetoric, but the most troubling aspect for the future of Europe is these parties deep-seated euro-skepticism and growing bailout fatigue.
They all regard the EU as a distant and aloof super-state rewriting the social contracts of their countries and enabling indulgent behavior in the Unions southern member-states. While these parties lack the libertarian streak that has come to define the U.S. tea party movement, they play to their populations visceral anger, which has been ignited by the economic crisis, the government response and an underlying desire to return to something more reflective of its own core values be it in Helsinki or The Hague.
This European tea party movement has something else in common with the American version: an ambivalence, if not outright hostility, to compromise. At the EU level, which is built on consensus, this intransigence threatens to derail the euro-zone and even put the future of European integration in jeopardy.
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