Greece: Far right makes seeming resurgence
03 July 2023 | 5:17 am
Three far-right parties have made it into parliament in Athens, presenting a challenge for Greek democracy. The Spartans, the successor party to the banned Golden Dawn, have caused a particular stir.
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The official stance of Germany's center-right CDU is that they reject any cooperation with the far-right populist AfD. But comments by their leader Friedrich Merz have again sparked concern he's weakening that resolve.
Residents were ordered to evacuate after a wildfire triggered explosions near a major military base in the coastal town of Nea Anchialos.
The AfD continues to gain ground in opinion polls amid high dissatisfaction with the government. Support for ending the taboo on cooperating with the populists is growing.
The populist party stopped short of calling for Germany to leave the EU. Instead, the AfD proposed a "federation of European nations" that preserves the members' sovereignty.
The Left Party's Sahra Wagenknecht, one of Germany's most controversial politicians, is threatening to form a new party. And analysts say it's the far-right AfD that should be most worried.
Greece is seeing a spike in arrivals by sea of people fleeing conflict and economic hardship in the Middle East and Africa.
Two villages north of Athens were evacuated after a forest fire broke out, while a major wildfire near the Turkish border raged for a third day. A man was killed during one of the fires.
Wildfires have been raging in northeastern Greece for days. Media reports suggest the bodies were those of migrants.
Greek firefighters have been battling blazes on numerous fronts, including near the capital. Prosecutors ordered an investigation into the causes of the fires and alleged claims of racism and scapegoating of migrants.
Hundreds of firefighters are battling the blaze at the edge of Greece's Dadia national park. The European Commission described it as the largest single fire in the history of the EU.
"A no is a no," said Friedrich Merz, chairman of the largest German opposition party CDU. He has pledged not to cooperate with the far-right AfD at any level.
The wildfires raging in northern Greece are causing unprecedented devastation. Nature reserves have gone up in flames and livelihoods have been destroyed. Some Greeks have accused migrants of starting the blaze.
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