Grim job market fuels rightwing parties

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26 May 2004 , BRUSSELS - Growing job insecurity and employment inequalities are contributing to the electoral success of right-wing populist and extremist parties in Europe, a European Commission- funded study showed. The study, covering eight European countries - Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Switzerland - and based on more than 300 interviews and a telephone survey of 5,800 employed persons, said people who faced frustrations in their jobs due to deteriorating work condit

26 May 2004

BRUSSELS - Growing job insecurity and employment inequalities are contributing to the electoral success of right-wing populist and extremist parties in Europe, a European Commission- funded study showed.

The study, covering eight European countries - Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Switzerland - and based on more than 300 interviews and a telephone survey of 5,800 employed persons, said people who faced frustrations in their jobs due to deteriorating work conditions, precarious employment and low income were likely to be more attracted by xenophobia and right-wing extremism.

This was especially the case for older workers who are most affected by negative changes in their working patterns, the study said.

Discontent contributing to electoral support for extremist parties stems from a series of causes including the restructuring of the private and public sectors, which has led to high levels of perceived job insecurity, the study added.

Cuts in welfare spending and fewer social protection mechanisms have also led to perceptions of greater social insecurity, it said, adding that precarious employment and living situations contributed to people feeling powerless, unable to plan for the future and more susceptible to extremist parties.

 

DPA

Subject: German news

 

 

 

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