2013. 11. 19.

The moral responsibility of traditional parties

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According to a recent study conducted by JP Morgan Eurozone members in the periphery of the EU made enormous efforts and belt-tightening measures in order to remain members of the so called euroclub. According to the JP Morgan's findings the austerity efforts led to the strengthening of the non-centrist parties across Europe. The one per cent increase in unemployment rates resulted in a two per cent rise in the popularity of extreme right or left parties. Moreover at the 2014 European parliamentary elections far-left and the far-right are likely to surge according to the analysis by a Hungarian political research institute. If the current trend persists the real victors of the 2014 EP elections - in addition to the left - would be the euro-sceptic forces which would hinder the deepening of the European integration process similarly to the US, where the Tea Party captured the 2014 budget and the US government recently.

On the other hand worrisome developments are taking place all over the political arena in the European Union. The French National Front is leading the polls ahead of the European elections, the Austrian Freedom Party (SPÖ) has reached its best in the national elections weeks ago, came near to the conservatives and the socialist grand coalition. The Dutch Freedom party may capture the Dutch government by rejecting the 2014 budget, and also the Hungarian Jobbik ( Movement for a Better Hungary) 's popularity is rocketing.

The 2012 French elections and recent news (a Roma schoolgirl was expulsed from France due to her ethnicity) showed that mainstream parties have started a race to the bottom for the votes of citizens. For instance the French right-wing UMP had started to use the same rhetoric as Marine Le Pen's Front National on immigrants. Similar worrisome changes can be observed in the Netherlands, Belgium and in a certain extent in Hungary.

By bidding to radical parties’ populist promises, simple straightforward messages traditional parties cannot be winners. The mainstream parties both in the US and in Europe have the moral responsibility to isolate themselves from parties like Front National and Jobbik. In the long run by putting radical parties into "cordon sanitaire" serve the interest of the electorate.

As the radical parties gain power in Europe, and the Tea Party gets more and more popular it is the traditional parties' responsibility is larger than ever to cooperate on the fundamental issues of Europe and the US. For instance no party can stay silent if one MP proposes to list citizens based on sex, ethnicity or religious affiliation. These traditional mainstream parties must work together to tackle economic and social problems. I do believe that the rise of the radical parties have to trigger such a bipartisan cooperation on main issues. Nevertheless one fact cannot be overseen: for instance in the EU the trust laid in European institutions are decreasing which is showed by the lowering turnout in European elections. It raises the question: without genuine public support the deeper integration is really needed?

The modern liable intelligentsia must be presented to the societies the opportunities of the transatlantic cooperation and the European integration, but within the framework of democracy. Politics cannot be above the voters' will. Every Democrat, every Republican, every Socialist, every Conservative and every Liberal politician are responsible for the tasks showing all the benefit of the transatlantic cooperation and of the EU integration. Nowadays credibility is the real value. Do not use the internal political struggles, as the extreme parties.