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By Charlotte de Roon. For a while now, Dutch politics is being rocked by a new party on the scene: the Party for Freedom (Dutch: Partij voor de Vrijheid, PVV). […]
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by Rupert Graf Strachwitz N. B. These thoughts reflect the author’s ongoing despair over the outcome of the referendum of June 23rd, and his conviction that everybody should give this some […]
By Christine Huebner. There would be no need for more ink to be spilt on #Brexit if it weren’t for one view astoundingly missing from the post-referendum-debate: that is a […]
When it became clear on Friday morning that the United Kingdom had decided to leave the European Union in a referendum a mixture of shock and joy could be heard […]
By Honorata Mazepus & Agata Mazepus. Poland has been considered an exemplary case of regime change in the third wave of democratisation. Poland’s democratic reforms and development of market economy […]
Most populist parties start out as radicals, and once they have managed to build up a solid base they will gradually shift to somewhat more moderate positions. Hungary’s populist governing party goes the other way: Fidesz, the Alliance of Young Democrats ran as a liberal party on the first free Hungarian elections. At the time their main target audience was educated young people who were looking for a democratic alternative to state socialism. Today they promote “illiberalism,” and their popularity is based on fearmongering.
Unlike the rest of Europe, with the exception of Portugal, Spain remains immune to the rise of populist radical right parties. But since the 2014 European election Spain is experiencing its own populist phenomenon – one that has emerged from the left side of the political spectrum. The birth and consolidation of Podemos in less than 2 years is one of the most remarkable political achievements in recent European politics, and it has shaken the whole Spanish political system.
By Maria Tyrberg.
Unlike its fellow Nordic neighbours, Sweden was for long an exception to the electoral support of radical right-wing parties. Apart from the short-lived appearance of New Democracy in the early 1990s, the country for long did not follow the trend of increased presence of radical right-wing parties as in other European parliaments.