May 20, 2019
2019 looks to be a good
year for right-wing populists in Europe.
Be it Italy, France,
Hungary, Poland or Germany, many European countries are experiencing
a shift to the right. Right-wing populists are expected to make
significant gains in the European Parliament elections this spring.
representatives have an agenda:
they want to
dismantle to the European Union.
Guido Reil of
AfD party believes the best way to do that is by going to
"It is easier to
destroy something from the inside than from the outside."
Joseph Sauvage, a
cafe owner in Denain in northern France, backs Marine Le Pen's
Rassemblement National party, because he doesn't want to see people
in Denain abandoned.
"When the factories
closed, the small shops closed. There is nothing here,
economically speaking. No work. It's also changed politically.
It used to be communist.
But that changed with the end of
opportunities for the working class."
His view of migration has
entitled to the same social benefits without ever having worked
Like Joseph Sauvage,
Luca Davide, a member of Italy's Northern League party, says
he's had enough of living in a run-down block in a small city full
"We don't need drug
dealers, we don't need illegals! We just want to live here in
peace and safety."
In early February 2018, a
right-wing supporter targeted Africans in a drive-by shooting
League leader Matteo Salvini, the EU shares,
for the act because it "filled the country with illegal foreigners."
Messages like these are
met with support.
Evidence of just how a
state's society and institutions change when right-wing populists
come to power is evident in Hungary. Many judges, organizations that
support refugees or human rights, scientists, and journalists speak
of massive restrictions in
Orban's "illiberal democracy".
But a lot of young
Hungarians starting to push back.
recent years, right-wing populism has assumed the
spotlight on political stages throughout Europe.
...are rallying behind the cries of their citizens
to prioritize their needs over the strength of the whole
In short, they believe that a withdrawal from
the European Union would bring about more jobs and
improve their quality of life.
Enemy in Brussels' examines the motivations behind this
seismic political shift, and what it might spell for the
long-term future of Europe.
Political organizers have hatched a scheme to
successfully infiltrate the upcoming parliamentary
election process in the spring of 2019, and their entry
will occur in the capital city of Brussels.
Millions of followers are placing their hopes in them.
up with limited economic opportunities and crumbling
neighborhoods, they've associated their troubles with
the rise of the European Union and an influx of
Their movement has adopted the tone and tenor of
Donald Trump's "America First" brand of
Political figures like,
...have the establishment firmly in their crosshairs.
were once minority-held views are gaining traction among
In addition to spotlighting these new right-wing
political leaders, the filmmakers collect a vast array
of profiles from common citizens, including business
owners, laborers and home makers.
hear from those who stand in strong support of the
party's views - including their strict anti-immigration
policies - and others who view the movement as a threat
to morality and human rights.
The extreme right-wing rhetoric has momentum, but it's
also inspired troubling fissures in the culture.
radical recently took it upon himself to shoot random
dark-skinned bystanders. Social workers also testify to
a rise in openly expressed racism.
movement's leaders claim this uptick in violence is just
an inevitable response to the EU's flagrant
permissiveness when it comes to illegal immigration.
Handsomely produced by the DW Documentary series, 'The
Enemy in Brussels' is a thoughtful and immersive
portrait of one of the modern history's most
consequential shifts in global politics.