Tag: far right in Europe

Why Is the Far Right Losing Voters in Belgium?

Why Is the Far Right Losing Voters in Belgium?

Belgium presents a “negative” case where the radical right has experienced a downward electoral spiral. The majority of recent research has focused on the rise of populist radical-right parties in contemporary European politics. Recent cases such as Italy (Northern League), Austria (The...

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

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

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...

The Roots of Nativism: Banking on the “Deplorables”

The Roots of Nativism: Banking on the “Deplorables”

Although originally an American phenomenon, nativism has become central to the understanding of the contemporary radical right.  They arrived by the thousands in the mid-1750s, immigrants from Württemberg, the Palatinate and Switzerland. Often they were so poor that they had been obliged to...

Why the Center Left Keeps Losing Elections in Europe

Why the Center Left Keeps Losing Elections in Europe

Voters can't tell the difference between the center left and the center right, and they don't want either. More than a quarter of a century ago, much of the European center left made a course change, edging away from its working-class base, accommodating itself to the globalization of capital...

Populism’s Global Media Strategy

Populism’s Global Media Strategy

The relationship between the mainstream media and populism is more symbiotic than you think. Brexit in the United Kingdom and Donald Trump’s victory in the United States have marked the beginning of what some analysts call the rise of the global populist wave. Although there is no consensus...

Securing Europe Under President Trump

Securing Europe Under President Trump

Donald Trump could prove to be the most significant disturbance to the fight against terrorism. Despite the shock, regret and the thinly veiled hope from the Democrats that the result of the US presidential election may still somehow be overturned, Donald J. Trump is about to become the 45th...

How Can Democracy Go Wrong?

How Can Democracy Go Wrong?

Is the representative nature of democracy the source of its poor outcomes? When we talk about dictatorships, we recall terrifying names like Stalin, Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Kim Jung Un, Idi Amin. They are all associated with images of unconstrained power, racism, xenophobia, nationalism,...

Youth Unemployment and the Rise of Neo-Nazism in Europe

Youth Unemployment and the Rise of Neo-Nazism in Europe

Is there a direct link between youth unemployment and the rise of the far-right in Europe? In recent years, there has been a notable increase in the number of neo-Nazi demonstrations and groups in Europe. Many commentators suggest this rise is related to the number of unemployed people and the...

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