Admittedly, this is not the first time that the far right has found itself in power in Europe. There are a few rare precedents. In Austria, the far right has been in power twice in 20 years. The Lega has participated in several governments in Italy. But never, it seems, has the radical right occupied such a central position as what is shaping up in Sweden and Italy.
This does not bode well for Europe. Because if so far, the sanitary cordon has remained the norm in most European countries, the example of Sweden and Italy could break other locks, where the far right is already well anchored: France, the Netherlands, Germany, and why not Belgium (or in any case Flanders)… founding countries of the European Union -tout like Italy by the way – et who would end up in the hands of Eurosceptic formations, with – to use the expression of the German MEP Udo Bullmann (S&D) – a risk of “organizationof our democracy.
Coincidentally, Sweden will take over the rotating presidency of the European Union next January. Or how to add a little turbulence in the big storm that is coming this winter.