Let’s face one thing about the political order of Europe that followed the creation of the European Union: it is utterly failing. There are very few individuals in Europe who have maintained their support for the organization up to this point. The only good thing the EU provides now is some type of way for different European nations to resolve differences without building systems of trenches or invading one another to annihilate enemies. Since its inception, the EU has been under constant fire for its clear liberal leanings and the influence it has had on the immigration and economic policies of the nations involved in it. More recently, it was shaken by the stunning victory of the “Brexit” movement in Britain, headed by Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, both of the UK Independence Party. The Euro tanked in the days following, but has recovered some of its lost value. The real concern, however, is the constant immigration issues that are to be had in Europe that are handed down by the EU. Germany and France have felt the full force of EU immigration policies.

In France, immigrants, rather refugees, perpetrated the Bataclan Theatre Massacre, which killed nearly 150 people. In addition to that massacre, there were several other shootings and an attempted bombing in Paris conducted by the same group of individuals, who were directly connected to ISIS. After that catastrophe, participants fled to Belgium, where the cell leadership managed to pull off the Brussels Airport and Maalbeek Station bombings on the same day, killing 35 people including the several bombers. Eventually the cell was dismantled by well-conducted and organized police and military raids in the cities of Brussels and Paris and their surrounding areas, but that was not before the terror had set in in the majority of the populations throughout France and Belgium.

In Germany, nearly one million refugees were brought in under policies adopted by Chancellor Angela Merkel, who had led the nation since the early 2000s. This mass influx of individuals from the war torn Middle East, particularly from Syria and neighboring Iraq, was bound to have individuals in it that had nefarious intent due to the wide spread influence of terror groups in the region, most noticeably the Islamic State. Indeed it did. The first obvious case of the dangers present in these migrations was presented in Cologne, in the southwest of Germany, in early 2016 with the sexual assault of nearly 1,000 German women by migrants and refugees. Turning a blind eye, Germany was once again assaulted itself just this past week, with the vicious murder of 12 shoppers and the wounding of several dozen more in a Christmas Market in Berlin, wherein a Tunisian migrant, who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and had been investigated for terror in the past, drove a truck into several vendor booths.

The majority of Europe has felt the negative effects, but not as harshly as Germany, Belgium and France. Hungary and Austria were flooded with millions of refugees, straining their resources while forcing them to rely on their militaries to enforce their southern borders. Greece has already had financial troubles, which were only amplified by the waves of refugees that had to be rescued from the Mediterranean Sea, as well as housed, fed, and protected. Turkey has had an increase in terror attacks as a result of the constant conflict, with Kurdistani militants becoming emboldened in the Eastern part of the nation. Sweden and Finland have seen a sharp increase in their crime rates as they increased the amount of refugees they have been taking in.

This swathe of developments over the past year has led to the rise of the right wing in Europe. Poland, a Northern European staple in government, saw stunning victories of the right wing parties over the left wing across the board. Austria saw their leftist president being reelected, although by razor thin margins, a sign that the people of Austria are beginning to be fed up with the state of the nation. The leftist Prime Minister of Italy was forced to resign after constitutional reauthoring failed to be authorized by referendum over steep opposition from the right wing political forces there. The final battle, it seems, for the left wing parties of Europe will come in 2017. Angela Merkel, mentioned earlier for her open border policy for refugees and migrants, is up for reelection in September of 2017, an election which will most likely spell disaster for the left wing across Europe. Already, members of her own party are pushing back against her, though no one has taken the torch to oppose her. The right wing in Germany, however, is gearing up for a fight this coming September, as it can be presumed that Merkel will not give up without a fight.