The Populist Radical Right Is an Electoral Threat That Is Here to Stay

June 04, 2019

In the 2019 European Parliament elections, populist radical-right parties have further increased their vote shares. Academic scholarship and media coverage of the populist radical right has expanded considerably in the past few years, due to its rising prominence in global politics. In the 2019...

Populists in the European Elections

May 28, 2019

The results of the European elections have revealed some breakthroughs for populists. There is concern about the impact of populism on rational decision-making in many Western democracies. But there is no agreement on what "populism" means. All politics appeal — to some extent — to...

Dark Visions: The Historical Precursor to Europe’s Radical Right

April 25, 2019

Euroskepticism is often discussed, particularly in the context of the ongoing Brexit debate, as a right-wing political cause. However, the recent maneuverings of the European authoritarian right ahead of the EU parliamentary elections in May suggest an attempt by the radical right to seize the...

Alternative for Germany and the Myth of National Rebirth

September 13, 2018

Founded in 2013 in response to the eurozone crisis, the party evolved through various stages, increasingly campaigning on a nativist ticket. Revolutionary fascists and (nominally) democratic radical-right actors have long told apocalyptic stories of national decline, of the ever-growing threat...

Why We Should Worry about Italy’s Coalition Talks

May 22, 2018

The two parties that are about to form the next Italian government are driven by a profoundly anti-democratic culture. Everywhere from Paris to London, Brussels to Lisbon, people want an opinion about Italian politics. This is not something new. Being Italian, you get used to this kind of...

The Roots of Nativism: Banking on the “Deplorables”

April 17, 2018

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...

Jobbik: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?

April 03, 2018

Ahead of Hungary's national election on April 8, the far-right Jobbik party has drastically changed its image. Jobbik (Movement for a Better Hungary), where jobbik is a play on words in Hungarian, meaning both “better” and “more to the right,” first arrived on the Hungarian political...

Why the Center Left Keeps Losing Elections in Europe

March 27, 2018

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...