Xenophobia and discrimination against immigrants are not the way forward for a continent that tries to champion human rights and tolerance. Michael Löwy of Euronews highlights the true values of Europe's far right, focusing on France's Marine Le Pen and her opportunistic use of national tragedies. Ironically, the message that Europe is under attack rings loudest to white suburbanites who live far away from most foreigners. The far right's claim to protect its people is a smokescreen for its racist agenda.
Politico’s Matthew Karnitschnig asserts that the ascension of the far right would quell xenophobic violence by giving people who are upset and afraid a voice with which to express their fear and frustration. He looks at Germany and the way its government has alienated its far-right-leaning citizens with liberal policies and mismanagement of the refugee crisis. Fearful Europeans worry that their current governments won't guarantee their safety. By electing a government they feel represents and protects them, such Europeans would feel validated.