Europe's Far Right Point Fingers After Brussels Attacks

Right-wing leaders across Europe criticized European Union policies on Tuesday, blaming open borders and a failure to address Islamic fundamentalism for the terrorist attacks in Brussels.

In the U.K., Mike Hookem, Member of the European Parliament and defense spokesman for the UK Independence Party, which is campaigning for Britain to leave the E.U., called for closing down the open borders between countries in the euro zone in a press release. “How many more times will innocent people have to suffer at the hands of these animals before the E.U. realize their policies and their responses to incidents such as this are not working?”

From Holland, Geert Wilders, an anti-Muslim politician and founder of the Party for Freedom, who is on trial for inciting hatred against the Dutch Moroccan minority, also advocated shutting the borders, telling Brietbart London: “It is time to act. First of all, we must close our national borders and detain all the jihadists whom we have foolishly allowed to return from Syria. We must also tell people the truth. The cause of all this bloodshed is Islam. We need to de-Islamize the West. That is the only way to safeguard our lives and protect our freedom.”

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In this photo provided by Georgian Public Broadcaster and photographed by Ketevan Kardava, two women are wounded in Brussels Airport in Belgium after explosions were heard on March 22, 2016.Ketevan Kardava—Georgian Public Broadcaster/AP
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An injured man lies at the scene of explosions at Zaventem airport near Brussels, Belgium, on March 22, 2016.
A soldier is seen at Zaventem Airport after a blast occurred in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016.
This image provided by the Belgian Federal Police in Brussels on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 shows men who are suspected of taking part in the attacks at Belgium's Zaventem Airport. The man at right is still being sought by the police and two others in the photo that the police issued were according to a the Belgian Prosecutors 'probably' suicide bombers.
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People react outside Brussels airport after explosions rocked the facility in Brussels, Belgium on March 22, 2016.
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France’s leader of the far-right party Front National, Marine Le Pen, told reporters in Quebec, where she was traveling, that she blamed Europe for not taking Islamic fundamentalism seriously enough. "I've maintained this position in France for months. And I will repeat the same thing everywhere I go," she said. "I don't get the sense that Islamic fundamentalism is being treated like the threat it really is. And just like I saw in France in the past, here in Canada, whoever condemns Islamic fundamentalism is accused of Islamophobia."

Leaders from Italy’s right-wing Northern League, Gian Marco Centinaio and Massimiliano Fedriga, blamed the E.U. for the attacks in a statement quoted in the Wall Street Journal. “We are astonished and heartbroken for the lives broken by Islamic hate. We aren't responding, the E.U. institutions are weak, fragile, helpless and are turning the other way, allowing these massacres.”

Vlaams Belang, Belgium’s far-right party, tweeted to Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel: “Please close the borders. We can not stop #terrorism if they remain open.”

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