The Sweden Democrats, an anti-immigration nationalist party, went from being a very small party with no representation to the most popular party in the country due to mass immigration and the rapefugee crisis. They doubled their support from 6 to 12% last year and now are at around 25-28%.
The Alternative for Germany (AfD) appears to be on a similar path. It was founded as a neo-liberal, anti-EU party but nationalists took it over and the left-libertarian elements quit last summer after losing control. It had been polling at 5-6% and initially fell after the split. The media condemned its Right-wing leader as killing the party with populism and nationalism. Then the “Christian Conservative” chancellor (and former communist youth leader) Angela Merkel let in 1 million Arab and African rapefugees – who proceeded to behave true to their nature and turn the public against them. The AfD began moving back up in the polls, recently getting 11%. In the most recent poll they are at 13% – where the Sweden Democrats were last year.
Is Germany the next Sweden? Can the rising tide of populists/nationalists save Europe? It will be very interesting to watch. From a Southern nationalist perspective it sure would be nice to have friends (check out the flag) and fellow patriots in charge in Europe once again.