International

Fears of more support for Europe’s right

The deadly shootings in Paris are prompting concerns that a fledgling anti-Islamist movement and far-right parties may be able to harness the reaction to gain support in Europe.

German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said on Thursday the way two right-wing parties and the PEGIDA movement are “trying to exploit this attack for their own purposes is disgusting.”

Marches in Dresden by PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West, have grown steadily over three months. Organisers were quick to comment on the attack, posting on the movement’s Facebook page the killings were “grist for our mill.” PEGIDA marches outside Dresden have been small, with the numbers of supporters dwarfed by the numbers of counter-demonstrators. Austrian supporters of PEGIDA are now planning their first demonstration within the next month. — AP

A letter from the Editor


Dear reader,

We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and wellbeing, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times. To enable wide dissemination of news that is in public interest, we have increased the number of articles that can be read free, and extended free trial periods. However, we have a request for those who can afford to subscribe: please do. As we fight disinformation and misinformation, and keep apace with the happenings, we need to commit greater resources to news gathering operations. We promise to deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda.

Support Quality Journalism
Related Topics
Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | May 31, 2020 4:00:43 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/fears-of-more-support-for-europes-right/article6768489.ece

Next Story