>> This time last year, a Trump victory and a Brexit vote seemed unthinkable to Europe's mainstream politicians. This time next year, how many of them will hold office? Donald Trump's triumph could send a populist tsunami across the pond. Such forces have been gathering for some time, says Reuters European Editor, Mark John.
>> Well I think for the last couple of years or so, we've been looking at the rise of populist parties in Europe, be they The National Front in France or Podemos on the far-left in Spain. And we've been asking, how far can they go? What's the kind of the ceiling for these parties?
Well now with Trump actually in the White House, we know that, potentially, there is no ceiling as such there.>> Populist figures erupted in celebrations on Wednesday. The next year will provide ample chance to flex their muscles. Austria's presidential election next month could usher in Europe's first far-right leader since World War II, if Norbert Hofer wins.
In the Netherlands, anti-immigrant Geert Wilders party is neck and neck with the incumbents to win elections in March. And then, two of Europe's and the world's largest economies go to the polls. In France, National Front leader Marine Le Pen is looking strong, though odds are low that she'll win the presidency.
In Germany, dark memories of the Nazi era have kept the far-right down, but that's changing. A backlash against Angela Merkel's welcoming of refugees boosted anti-immigrant feeling, though at the moment, she'd be odds on to win.>> I guess the fear now is that similar populist reactions will take place in those elections, too.
We have France with the National Front and Germany with the AfD, the Alternative fur Deutschland. So, once again, those dynamics of disaffected voters could come to play in both of those elections.>> Disaffected Britons sent shockwaves through Europe when they voted to leave the EU this year. They also showed populist parties don't have to be in power to shape the agenda.