2018 saw the far right in Europe go from strength to strength. I'm Crispian Balmer, Reuters chief correspondent in Rome, and behind me is the former residence of Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. The building is now a sumptuous museum. under a few traces left of El Duce, as Mussolini was known.
From Sweden to Germany, and Hungary to Spain, the far right parties have made significant electoral gains this year.
>> In France, polls now say relo pens national front is the country's leading party, but if you're in Italy, The anti migrant league running under the slogan, "Italians First" became the second largest Parliamentary party at elections in March. It forged a government coalition with the anti-establishment Five Star movement and since then support for the league has soared.
>> with polls now showing that it is clearly Italy's most popular party with a backing of a third of the electorate.
>> The lead's success can put down to two main things. A charismatic leader, Mateo Solvini. He has delivered on his main electoral pledge to lower the migration flow. Immigratiopn has fallen by 87% this year Salvini has
the pressure. Barring NGO boats carrying migrants from entering Italy and doing more to help Libya from stopping Africa migrants from leaving it shores in the first place.
Spain has become the main entry point in Europe for African migrants. And what happened in this months regional election there, the far right Vox Party won an unprecedented 11% of the vote, becoming a potential king maker in the local parliament. Steve Bannon who helped put US president Donald Trump in the White House wants to pull off a similar anti-establishment revolution in the AU and get US skeptics from all corners of the union voted into the European parliament at elections next may.
>> And I'm not a conspiracy guy.>> Talking to me in Rome in the summer Bana said he was creating a self help group for like minded parties. He immediately signed up sovereignty cause, ut he appears to be struggling to build momentum.>> Mainstream parties are obviously fighting back, and the main vote should enable us to whether the far right really is, on the match.