Far right parties in Europe - riding a wave of displeasure over migration, have made inroads into legislatures from Italy, to Poland, to Austria, to France, to Germany, to Hungary, to the Netherlands, to Belgium, to Sweden and elsewhere across the continent.
Touting nationalistic themes and finding ready followers via a message ripe with xenophobia, these right wing parties pose a real threat to greater European integration and the general stability of the continent.
Thus far, European governments have been unable to dilute the xenophobic laced themes of the far right because increased migration, over the years from conflict zones and economically challenged lands, has placed hundreds of thousands of refugees into European cities.
While migrant-accepting European nations have sought to fulfill the humanitarian responsibility of housing refugee peoples from the Middle East and from Africa, an alarming rising number of Europeans oppose any empathy to the displaced peoples.
Therefore, if Europe is to counter the rise of the far right, then the only solution appears to lie in ending conflicts in the lands of migrants and ameliorating the economic conditions in those lands that send droves of migrants onto European soils.
When President of the European Union (EU) Commission Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his state-of-the-union address today, in Strasbourg, France, as a measure of assuring continental stability, Juncker could point out a plan to ending wars in Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen, as well as the continuing strife in Iraq. Moreover, Juncker could also reveal some form of EU economic package to African nations from whose shores many migrants originate as a means to stemming migration.
Any failure to end conflicts and economic blight at the origins of much European migration will witness more refugees seeking comfort in Europe and the associated xenophobia and agitations that fuel the rise of the far right.