Julian Gopffarth

Julian Göpffarth is a PhD student at the London School of Economics’ European Institute. His research focuses on the intellectual support for the populist far right in East Germany, the role of post-socialist perspectives in far right support, and the political and temporal philosophy of nationalism more broadly. He is a research fellow at the Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR).

What Germany’s “Green Wave” Means 

May 28, 2019

Why these European elections were different: three key insights from Germany. After years of disinterest and declining turnouts, last week’s European elections were full of suspense and surprises. In Germany, the elections were an unprecedented triumph for the Greens. More than 20% voted for the party that didn’t even exist...

The Far Right Imagines a Totalitarian Other

Nov 28, 2018

Where left-leaning observers warn of a return of totalitarian nationalism, the far right warns of the return of socialist and communist totalitarian politics. With the rise of populist and far-right politics in Europe and beyond, the fear of the return of totalitarian politics has equally intensified. Comparisons with the rise...

The End of the Merkel Era

Oct 31, 2018

Adhering to a nostalgia for a more stable time, many observers see in the end of Merkel’s era the beginning of a dystopian future of political turmoil. Six years ago, in November 2012, Angela Merkel was at the height of her domestic and European power. At the domestic level, Germany...

Why We Shouldn't Call the Far Right an Unpopular Minority

Sep 14, 2018

Framing far-right populist parties as just an unpopular minority downplays the actual impact the rise of far-right populism has already had on European societies. Images of violent far-right groups marching the streets in Germany and the strong performance of the populist far-right Sweden Democrats (SD) in the recent elections have...