The GOP alliance with Europe’s far-right deepens

The Republican Party of the United States is, in global terms, a far-right party. The V-Dem Institute, a think tank based at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, maintains an index charting hundreds of political parties from 169 countries on a shared political spectrum that has mapped the party’s trajectory. In this view, the Republicans’ ultranationalist turn over the past two decades, crystallized by the rise of Trumpism, has shifted them closer to authoritarian-leaning factions in strength in countries like Hungary and Turkey and made them already more illiberal than far-right parties in Western Europe, like France’s National Rally or Spain’s Vox.

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