Nationalism Rising? Merkel Beginning Off-Ramp as German Leader, as Brazil Elects Far-Right President Nationalism Rising? Merkel Beginning Off-Ramp as German Leader, as Brazil Elects Far-Right President – NTK Network

Nationalism Rising? Merkel Beginning Off-Ramp as German Leader, as Brazil Elects Far-Right President

Two major political items in global news this week – one involving Brazil's presidential election and another involving Germany's long-time leader – show how Trump and his allies are shaking up global affairs.

By NTK Staff | 10.29.2018 @1:00pm
Nationalism Rising? Merkel Beginning Off-Ramp as German Leader, as Brazil Elects Far-Right President

Two global events in the last 24 hours show that President Trump’s brand of nationalism is on the rise around the world.

First, Brazil elected its first far-right leader in decades. The man, “former army captain Jair Bolsonaro,” has been compared to Trump in his home country.

From the Financial Times:

Brazilian former army captain Jair Bolsonaro clinched victory in epochal presidential elections on Sunday, ushering in the first far-right administration in Latin America’s largest country since its military dictatorship ended more than three decades ago.

…Once confined to the margins of Congress for his nostalgia for Brazil’s former military regime and his disparaging remarks towards women, gays and blacks, Mr. Bolsonaro rose through a social media campaign promising a government combining conservative social values with economic liberalism.

Then, on Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced she will not seek another term as leader of her Christian Democratic party. Bloomberg reported:

Germany’s Angela Merkel will quit as head of her Christian Democratic party and won’t run for another term as chancellor, taking personal responsibility for the decline in support for the governing coalition.

…The shock decision signals the beginning of the end for a chancellor who put her stamp on Europe and beyond defending moderation and liberal values that have increasingly come under attack.

Bloomberg did note that it’s very possible another centrist takes Merkel’s place as she seeks an off-ramp to her long tenure as Germany’s leader.

Still, the two events, though unrelated at face value, show that nationalism could be on the rise in more than just the U.S. The ideology has a cheerleader in Trump, who declared last week that he is “absolutely a nationalist.”

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