Last week's attacks in Norway have put Western Europe's far right in the spotlight, despite their rapid condemnation of Anders Behring Breivik's actions. These parties share some of the anti-immigrant and anti-Islam opinions that spurred Mr. Breivik.
Who are some of these rising parties on the right?
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The Sweden Democrats won 20 seats (5.7 percent of the Swedish parliament) in the most recent parliamentary elections in 2010 on a campaign of cutting immigration rates by 90 percent. Its critics call it “racist” and “Islamaphobic,” but it clearly resonated with a section of the Swedish population, the Monitor reported in October 2010.
According to SD's website, the party rejects "multiculturalism," attributes increased crime to immigration, calls for an end to "public support for immigrant organizations," adding that "all other activities aimed at promoting foreign cultures and identities in Sweden should be canceled."
It also wants to outlaw “religious buildings, with a non-Swedish building style, strange architecture” and forbid public workers from wearing “conspicuous religious or political symbols, such as a head scarf or turban." What’s more, it calls for the government to support immigrants who want to return to their homelands.
The Sweden Democrats party was founded in 1988. In its early years, some members could still be spotted in Nazi uniforms at its meetings, although the practice was stopped as the party tried to move into the mainstream.
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