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AP Exclusive: Europe's far-right wooing the young

FILE - In this Friday, April 26, 2019 file photo, far-right Vox party supporters attend an election campaign event in Madrid, Spain. In Spain, Vox's gains have come at the expense of traditional conservatives, who were slow to counter the upstart party's rise among the young. Its events include the popular "Pints for Spain" evenings at bars, nightclubs and cafes, where no one over 25 is allowed through the door. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

BOKRIJK, Belgium — Europe’s far-right parties are wooing the young in this month’s elections.

The demographic has spurned them for generations, but The Associated Press has found that young voters are moving to the right further and faster than their elders.

Far-right parties are also fielding candidates in their 20s and early 30s to appeal to the young in countries like Belgium. And they are using aggressive social media campaigns playing on themes favoured by white supremacists in the U.S. The message is hitting home in some countries.

The trend could have major implications for this month’s elections, which decide the makeup of the European Parliament as well as some national governments.

Lori Hinnant, The Associated Press


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