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Ultranationalism is "extreme nationalism that promotes the interest of one state or people above all others", or simply "extreme devotion to one's own nation". When combined with the notion of national rebirth, ultranationalism is a key foundation of fascism. Some ultranationalist organisations have been designated as terrorist movements by certain nation states.
According to Janusz Bugajski, "in its most extreme or developed forms, ultra-nationalism resembles fascism, marked by a xenophobic disdain of other nations, support for authoritarian political arrangements verging on totalitarianism, and a mythical emphasis on the 'organic unity' between a charismatic leader, an organizationally amorphous movement-type party, and the nation".
Roger Griffin asserts that ultranationalism is essentially xenophobic and is known to legitimise itself "through deeply mythicized narratives of past cultural or political periods of historical greatness or of old scores to settle against alleged enemies". It can also draw on "vulgarized forms of physical anthropology, genetics, and eugenics to rationalize ideas of national superiority and destiny, of degeneracy and subhumanness".
Ultranationalist political parties
Currently represented in national legislatures
The following political parties have been characterised as ultranationalist.
- Bulgaria: Attack
- Cyprus: ELAM
- Germany: Alternative for Germany
- Greece: Greek Solution
- India: Shiv Sena
- Japan: Liberal Democratic Party (faction)
- Poland: National Movement
- Russia: Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Rodina
- Myanmar: Union Solidarity and Development Party (proxy party of ruling military government)
- Slovakia: People's Party Our Slovakia
- Spain: Vox
- Switzerland: Swiss People's Party
- Turkey: Nationalist Movement Party, Great Union Party
- Ukraine: Freedom
Formerly represented in national legislatures
- Cambodia: Communist Party of Kampuchea
- Greece: Golden Dawn
- Serbia: Serbian Radical Party
- Israel: Otzma Yehudit
Ultranationalist political organizations
- Japan: Nippon Kaigi, Zaitokukai
- Turkey: Grey Wolves
- United Kingdom: English Defence League
- Far-right politics
- Integral nationalism
- Palingenetic ultranationalism
- Right-wing authoritarianism
- Right-wing populism
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A leader of Germany's ultranationalist AfD party in 2017 bemoaned how the country's focus on atoning ...
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A married couple have run into trouble for forging the first local pact between Angela Merkel’s party and the ultranationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) in defiance of the chancellor.
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Smaller parties, such as the ultra-nationalist Greek Solution and leftist MeRA25, headed by Yanis Varoufakis, the former finance minister, were targeting younger Greeks.
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The shifting dynamics around the new era name (gengō 元号) offers an opportunity to understand how the domestic politics of the LDP’s project of ultranationalism is shaping a new Japan and a new form of nationalism.
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The ultra-nationalist Swiss People's Party (SVP or UDC) - the most powerful political movement in the country - is campaigning against European agreements.
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...and far right-wing newspapers such as Alpha Ena, Eleytheros Kosmos, Eleytheri Ora and Stohos (the mouthpiece of ultra-nationalist group Chrysi Avgi).
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Abe also rewarded right-wing politicians who are close to him — so-called ‘ideological friends’ who are being increasingly pushed to the forefront of his administration — such as LDP Executive Acting Secretary-General Koichi Hagiuda who was appointed Education Minister. As a member of the ultranationalist Nippon Kaigi (Japan Conference), which seeks to promote patriotic education, he can be considered ‘reliable’ as the government’s policy leader on national education.
- "Japanese minister becomes first in two years to visit Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine". South China Morning Post. 17 October 2019. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
Eto is serving in his first cabinet position and is a member of the ultranationalist Nippon Kaigi organisation, whose aims are to revise the “national consciousness” surrounding the prosecution of Japan’s war criminals and to change the nation’s pacifist constitution implemented after the war. The group also promotes “patriotic education”.
- Michal Kolmas, ed. (2019). National Identity and Japanese Revisionism. Routledge. ISBN 9781351334396.
... and foreign policy are rightwing revisionists organized in groups such as the ultranationalist Nippon Kaigi ...
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- "Japan combats rise in hate speech". Al Jazeera. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
... and many don’t speak Korean or have ties to Korea. Even so, ultranationalist groups like Zaitokukai have singled them out and used Japan’s very liberal protection of speech to harass, intimidate and silence Zainichi with noisy street protests and attacks online, often anonymously.
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The longtime chairman of the ultranationalist group Zaitokukai has announced he will step down and even give up his membership in the group, saying the move will eventually bolster the organization’s influence.
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