German deputy chancellor warns of rising nationalism in Europe

German vice-chancellor has warned of increasing nationalism in Europe

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

German deputy chancellor warns against increasing nationalism in Europe

After the far-right National Front Party scored high in the recent French regional elections, Germany's deputy chancellor has warned against the increasing nationalism in Europe.

Movements such as the National Front "stand against everything we represent," Sigmar Gabriel told his Social Democratic Party on Friday.

Gabriel said the National Front's desire to be both "national and social" is a sensitive issue in Germany, since the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler's National Socialist German Workers' Party.

He wanted conservative politicians to take a stronger stance against the far right.

He added that left-wing parties in Europe should struggle against "the enemies of Europe."

TRTWorld and agencies