These past two most current months of this the most current of years, has seen quite the rise in nationalism. The most obvious has been the glorious victory of Trump in the American election (which resulted in a downpour of liberal tears both domestically and abroad). There were, however, elections in Eastern Europe too, and these have likewise there been moves away from liberal globalism.
Last week, both Moldova and Bulgaria held presidential elections. As luck would have it, it was on the same day: November 13th. In Moldova, Igor Dodon won 52.2% of the vote while in Bulgaria, Rumen Radev won with 59% of the vote. There are many similarities with these two elections besides the fact they took place on the same day. Both winning candidates are pro-Russian, both are have socialist connections (Dodon is head of the Party of Socialists and in Radev’s case he was running as an independent but was backed by the socialists) and both men are in charge of countries that are very poor and have experienced great corruption. Both countries were previously ruled by pro-EU presidents and yet clearly all the talk from eurocrats about how open and honest they are is trash. In Moldova, for example, former pro-EU Prime Minister Vlad Filat was arrested for corruption after “$1 billion (920 million euros) mysteriously disappeared from three banks, prompting huge street protests.”
Dodon hopes to move Moldova closer to Russia which is understandable given his background but also Moldova’s history. It has been under Imperial Russian and later Soviet rule for much of its history. Both Moldova and Russia are orthodox so there is also a shared cultural-religious heritage. Moldovans are sick and tired of the corruption of eurocrats and no doubt the political correct nonsense that the EU and US spit out into the world. Moldovans probably also feel they can get a better deal over the Transnistria problem if they play ball with Russia.
In the case of Bulgaria there is again a shared religious past and the shared experience of communism, but there is also the added ties of Slavdom. They both also use the Cyrillic alphabet. Radev has made it clear he does not want to leave the EU or NATO but is trying to find a middle ground where Bulgaria can be at once pro-West and pro-Russia. The Western media, however, is freaking out about the events of November 13th, saying that these elections are victories for Russia and again they promote Russophobia much like they (and the Democrats) did in the most recent US election.
Future elections in the region don’t seem to be any more pro-liberal globalism either. Parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held on December 11th but now there is a chance of a referendum occurring at the same time or soon after. The socially conservative Coalition for the Family – with the support of the Romanian Orthodox Church and a petition with 3 million signatures – submitted a resolution to have the constitution changed to state that marriage can only be between a man and a woman. This imitative passed through the senate on November 1st, with the backing of even some centre-left parties. Gay marriage is not yet legal but this proposed change to the constitution would ensure that it would not become legal. If Croatia, which is far more westernized than Romania, was able to overwhelmingly vote against gay marriage than there is a great chance the Romanians will end up rejecting it also.
Prior to all this, of course, we had other former Eastern Bloc countries (most notably Hungary but also Poland, Czechia and Slovakia) taking hard-line stances towards migrant invasion and Islamification; against the wishes of the US and EU. However, none are abandoning the EU and they certainly aren’t against NATO. Not that any of these countries need to become excessively pro-Russia (let alone join the Eurasian Union), but at least Russia has not engaged in the deracinated, globalist madness of the EU and US.
That said there are plans for Hungary and Russia to increase ties,
Nikolay Livencev, Russia’s Trade Representative to Hungary, told the Hungarian economic magazine Figyelő that Hungary and Russia are up to start negotiations to replace dollar based bilateral trade between the two countries with national currencies (HUF and RUB)… The Russian Trade Representative also said that prior consultations are taking place between the two countries to form a Russian-Hungarian Airline, a plan that the Russian side finds very interesting. “But at this stage it would be premature to speak about any result.” That being said, Hungary and the Russian regions continue expanding economic, cultural and tourism activities and it would be useful to have direct air link between those regions and Hungary using charter flights, underlines Hungarian Ambiance. Indeed, Russian are the main tourists in Hungary, which enjoys an excellent reputation in Russia.
Given the current climate of unease between the West and Russia, any political moves which aren’t fully pro-West are seen as a blow to the West and thus the unfortunate globalist ideology it espouses. However, this could change now that Trump is in power. It remains to be seen if Trump really will improve the situation for nationalist forces in Europe, though it is expected that he will given his anti-globalist message.
It would seem that despite of or because of their history under communist dictatorship, the nations of the former Eastern Bloc are moving steadily away from rootless, globalist politics. Why even many socialist parties such as the that of Moldova at the very least hold socially conservative views. Dodon has stated he holds conservative values and Radev is said to be much the same. Many have noted that politics is no longer left v. right but nationalist v. globalist and it would seem that in the case of the former Eastern Bloc this is very true.
Post Script: Even in Western Europe we can see the cracks in the liberal globalist agenda. Not only have we witnessed Brexit but in December Italy could very well end up voting against the proposals of its eurocratic government in an upcoming referendum, and Austria could elect a nationalist as President. As with the Moldovan and Bulgarian elections this month, the Italian referendum and Austrian presidential election will be held on the same day: December 4th.