Tag Archives: populism

Western Europe Tracker 05.12.12

France Reuters: French far-right circles as conservatives split on TV. ‘France’s far-right National Front urged disillusioned centre-right voters to cross over to its “Navy Blue” patriotic grouping on Tuesday, as a divisive leadership feud in the mainstream conservative UMP opposition party deepened. As the UMP split into rival political blocs during televised parliamentary questions for […]

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Western Europe Tracker 04.12.12

France BBC News: Two arrests in south-west France over Merah case. ‘Police in south-western France have reportedly arrested two people suspected of acting as accomplices of Islamist killer Mohamed Merah.’ Germany Der Spiegel: Germany moves closer to banning NPD. ‘Germany is expected to move closer this week to launching a legal bid to ban the […]

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Protest, neo-liberalism, or anti-immigrant: What motivates the extreme right voter?

From the early 1980s on, parties that were dubbed as “extremist”, “radical”, or “populist”, or right that had been located at the margins of the political systems suddenly proved highly successful at the polls in countries such as diverse as Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, and Sweden. Their diversity not withstanding, it soon became […]

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Populism: good or bad for democracy?

With the rise of technocratic government in the wake of the eurocrisis, many now argue that populism is bad for democracy. Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser argues that this view is wrong-headed, and that there is no cross-regional research into the impacts of populism on democracy. Academics now need to focus on further empirical investigations into populism […]

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Has the French National Front entered the mainstream?

In the regional elections held in the spring of 2010, the French National Front (FN) put a stop to the bad electoral runs that it had been suffering since 2007. It was 2007 when, for the first time since 1988, support for Jean-Marie Le Pen at the presidential elections dropped from 16.8% (in 2002), to […]

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Western Europe Tracker 09.10.12

Comment: ITV News: Venetians and Catalans have had enough – it’ll be the Germans next. ‘The crisis engulfing the European economy is beginning to manifest itself it in unexpected ways, not least the growing demands for independence in the regions of Southern Europe.’ It started with Catalonia, and now with Venice. ‘Rome will, of course, resist […]

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The Front National at 40: Review of the debate

As the French Front National (FN) turned 40 this week, the Extremis Project released a series of mini-essays from academics around the world reflecting on the origins, developments and future prospects of one of Europe’s most prominent populist radical right parties: Prof. Marcel Lubbers started the series with his presentation on what the available evidence […]

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Has Marine Le Pen brought the extreme right acceptability?

The French Front National (FN) is considered by many analysts to be the prototype of the modern radical right party family in Europe. Founded in 1972, the FN is currently preparing to mark its fortieth anniversary, and so Extremis Project is publishing a series of expert posts that examine the party’s past, present and future. […]

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The French Front National at 40: New Party, Old Ideas?

The French Front National (FN) is considered by many analysts to be the prototype of the modern radical right party family in Europe. Founded in 1972, the FN is currently preparing to mark its fortieth anniversary, and so Extremis Project is publishing a series of expert posts that examine the party’s past, present and future. […]

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United Kingdom Tracker 25.09.12

The Guardian: Abu Hamza loses fight against extradition to the US. Following a decision from the European Court of Human Rights, Abu Hamza and four other terrorist suspects have lost their appeal against extradition to the United States. ‘A panel of five human rights judges sitting in Strasbourg rejected appeals to the court’s grand chamber from […]

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