In order to keep our audience up to date with world affairs relating to identity politics and nationalism, this is a segment rounding up relevant news on a weekly basis.
Last updated: 11th December 2020
2nd December, 2020
United Kingdom: Britain becomes the first country in the world to approve the mass deployment of a vaccination for COVID-19. In some corners, the approval is hailed as a result of Britain’s exit from the bureaucratic restraints of the European Union, whilst others, like Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson, claimed it was because Britain is, simply, a ‘much better country’ than France, Belgium or any other state involved in the struggle against the virus. The race to secure vaccine doses and refine the scientific means to combat COVID’s deadly effects have opened up a new frontier in the grand vista of nationalistic competition, one which we are only just beginning to chart.
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/12/britain-vaccine-brexit-covid/617280/ – The Atlantic, Britain’s Vaccine Nationalism
6th December, 2020
Romania: At the 2020 Legislative Elections in Romania, upstart nationalist party, Alliance for the Unity of Romanians (Alianța pentru Unirea Românilor), garnered a surprising number of votes (9%) in elections for both the Senate and Chamber of Deputies. The elections were dominated by the centre-left Social Democratic Party and the centre-right National Liberal Party, but the AUR were dubbed the ‘surprise of Romania’. In particular, the AUR was successful with expatriate Romanians, topping the votes gained amongst Romanians in Italy, and second amongst Romanians in France and Spain. The party claims to aim to unify all Romanians ‘wherever they are located’, whilst standing for the four values of family, nation, Christian faith and liberty. Their leader, George Simion, points to Poland’s Law and Order party as an inspiration. Will their success signal the emergence of yet another nationalist-chauvinist party in European politics?
https://www.romania-insider.com/nationalist-party-aur-new-virtual-members – Romania Insider – Romanian nationalist party AUR attracts 15,000 new virtual members
The United States: The US election is (nominally) over, with Democrat Joe Biden victorious over Republican incumbent Donald Trump. Lawsuits seeking to nullify or overturn the results are still in play, and America seems little closer to mending the great divides wrought in the country over the last two decades. Importantly, what is the future of the Republican Party? Many critics and commentators believe it is likely that the GOP will seek a more nationalist-populist platform; are we in the era of the ‘Trumpist’ Republican Party? What will this mean for US foreign and domestic strategy? ‘Make America Great Again’ started as fringe campaign rhetoric – will it become official party policy?
https://www.newsweek.com/nationalism-populism-are-gops-future-opinion-1553161 – Newsweek – Nationalism and Populism are the GOP’s Future