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The Roots of Extremism: The English Defence League and the Counter-Jihad Challenge

While right-wing extremism and populist extremist parties have been the subject of growing attention in Europe and North America, the emergence of ‘counter-Jihad’ groups has been relatively neglected. Campaigning amid fiscal austerity and ongoing public concerns over immigration, these groups are more confrontational, chaotic and unpredictable than established populist extremist political parties, yet not enough […]

Populism in Europe: Netherlands

Nationalist populist parties and movements are growing in support throughout Europe. These groups are known for their opposition to immigration, their ‘anti-establishment’ views and their concern for protecting national culture. Their rise in popularity has gone hand-in-hand with the advent of social media, and they are adept at using new technology to amplify their message, […]

Empowering Local Actors to Prevent Violent Extremism

Few would disagree that preventing violent extremism is a challenging, if not daunting, task that cannot be left only to a small number of authorities and actors. The nature of the phenomenon requires wide-ranging cooperation and a variety of expertise. Across Europe, practitioners, researchers and NGOs have extensive knowledge on how to deal with the […]

The Roots of Contemporary Populism in the Netherlands

The Roots of Contemporary Populism in the Netherlands by Yvonne Zonderop forms part of the second phase of Counterpoint’s “Recapturing Europe’s Reluctant Radicals” project. This second phase of the project aims to draw an in-depth picture of how populism emerges in specific country contexts across Europe through ten expert written country pamphlets. After ten years of agonising and […]

National Populism and Xenophobia in Greece

National Populism and Xenophobia in Greece by Aristos Doxiadis and Manos Matsaganis forms part of the second phase of Counterpoint’s “Recapturing Europe’s Reluctant Radicals” project. This second phase of the project aims to draw an in-depth picture of how populism emerges in specific country contexts across Europe through ten expert written country pamphlets. The rise of the criminally […]

Recapturing the Reluctant Radical

Executive summary Why the reluctant radicals? The recent past has seen comment and analysis lavished on the dangers of right-wing populism in Europe. Most of this attention, however, has been focused on the core supporters of right-wing populist parties (RPPs, see page 16) – the members and the street activists – at the expense of […]

Parochial and Cosmopolitan Britain: Examining the Social Divide in Reactions to Immigration

British opinion is negative overall, but strongly divided: The British public is more negative about immigration than that of the other countries surveyed by Transatlantic Trends Immigration (TTI), but they are also more divided over the issue. Age, education, economic security, and migrant heritage all strongly predict views about immigration and immigrants in TTI countries, […]

Pedlars of Hate: The Violent Impact of the European Far Right

Brings together over 100 cases, mostly from EU countries, but also Switzerland and Norway, which documents patterns of violence, from the peddling of hate online and the drawing up of lists of ‘national traitors’, to violence, arson and murder on the streets, and the stockpiling of weapons in preparation for ‘race war’. While the principal […]

Populism in Europe: Denmark

Nationalist populist parties and movements are growing in support throughout Europe. These groups are known for their opposition to immigration, their ‘anti-establishment’ views and their concern for protecting national culture. Their rise in popularity has gone hand-in-hand with the advent of social media, and they are adept at using new technology to amplify their message, […]

The Sweden Democrats: immigration policy under the stigma of racism

The 2010 Swedish general election marked a critical moment in Swedish politics, as the Sweden Democrats (SD), the country’s leading anti-immigration party, gained representation in Parliament. This was achieved despite decades of systematic marginalisation and stigmatisation of the party by mainstream politicians, civil society and the media due to its historical ties to neo-Nazi and […]

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