On November 15th, in Vienna, Austria, history of a sort was made as seven far-right parties from across Europe met in secret to form the beginnings of a coherent voting bloc that could try to push their shared decentralist, anti-Brussels, anti-immigrant agenda in the May 2014 European Parliament elections.
|Flemish nationalism and religious bigotry on display at a Vlaams Belang rally|
|The Dutch ultranationalist GeertWilders|
|Umberto Bossi, founder of Italy’s Northern League|
|The National Front’s Marine Le Pen, as portrayed at a controversial Madonna concert|
|One of Vlaams Belang’s more controversial ad campaigns|
|Members of Greece’s Golden Dawn party. That kind of angled curly thing in the middle of their flag?|
Um, that’s, um, that’s supposed to represent Theseus and the Minotaur in the Labyrinth. Yeah, that’s it.
|Robin Tilbrook of the English Democrats|
|The late Austrian neo-fascist leader Jörg Haider.|
Most Europeans’ complete and utter lack of any kind of gaydar whatsoever
(I mean, come on, people—right?) preserved his reputation until his death.
|Csanad Szégedi’s new look.|
|Strasbourg or bust? The Slovak National Party on parade|
[You can read more about many of these and other separatist and new-nation movements, both famous and obscure, in my new book, a sort of encyclopedic atlas just published by Litwin Books under the title Let’s Split! A Complete Guide to Separatist Movements and Aspirant Nations, from Abkhazia to Zanzibar. The book, which contains 46 maps and 554 flags (or, more accurately, 554 flag images), is available for order now on Amazon. Meanwhile, please “like” the book (even if you haven’t read it yet) on Facebook and see this special announcement for more information on the book.]