Elections in Finland today saw the True Finns Party (PS) win 39 out of 200 seats in parliament, a huge increase over its one parliamentary seat in 1999, three in 2003, and five in 2007. In percentage terms, they went from 1, 2, and 4 percent of the vote to 19 percent.
This surge typifies the enormous strides that have been made by right-wing insurgent parties, which typically place emphasize such issues as immigration, cultural continuity, multiculturalism, and Islamification.
For a graphic of where such parties now stand across Europe, see the helpful graphic, “Europe’s Right Turn,” published by Der Spiegel just before the Finnish election (and also available here on my website).
To generalize: Anti-Islamic sentiments are now outpacing Islam in Europe.
— Daniel Pipes is director of the Middle East Forum and Taube distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University.