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Dutch Far-Right Leader Geert Wilders Convicted Of Inciting Discrimination

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 12.09.2016 | World

Judges on Friday convicted Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders of insulting Moroccans and inciting discrimination against them, but levied no punishment agai...

Keeping It Real in Trump's America

Cas Mudde | Posted 11.11.2016 | Education
Cas Mudde

As an educator, parent, and public intellectual I have an obligation to provide an accurate assessment of the possible future, which neither ignores nor exaggerates the dangers.

New Trump Supreme Court List Makes Even Clearer The Dangers Of A Trump Court

Elliot Mincberg | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics
Elliot Mincberg

In making his announcement last Friday, Trump proclaimed he was using the late Justice Scalia as a model for his picks, delighting the far Right.

What To Read On Trump(ism)

Cas Mudde | Posted 09.23.2016 | Politics
Cas Mudde

This list is not meant to be exhaustive and will undoubtedly miss some other useful resources. If anyone knows additional books that provide solid analysis, rather than political advocacy, on the radical right in the US, please suggest them in the comments.

The Berlin Elections Confirm That The Transformation of German Politics Goes Well Beyond "AfD v Merkel"

Cas Mudde | Posted 09.18.2016 | World
Cas Mudde

German voters are more and more mobile, looking at different parties as well as at not voting. They are also more fragmented, being divided over a growing number of small and moderately sized parties.

Why Is American Political Science Blind On The Right Eye?

Cas Mudde | Posted 08.29.2016 | Science
Cas Mudde

This Thursday thousands of (mostly) American political scientists will descend upon Philadelphia for the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA). A plurality, if not a majority, of those scholars works exclusively on American politics.

Politically Motivated Crimes In Germany: The Story Behind The Numbers

Cas Mudde | Posted 08.10.2016 | World
Cas Mudde

Germany is one of the few countries in the world that has a very effective and transparent registration of politically motivated crimes. Sadly, this often leads to the impression that such crimes are more common in Germany than in other countries.

The Revenge Of The Losers Of Globalization? Brexit, Trump And Globalization

Cas Mudde | Posted 08.09.2016 | Politics
Cas Mudde

They seem to be everywhere these days, the so-called "losers of globalization," and their anger is allegedly transforming politics across the globe. From Brexit to the rise of Trump, globalization is the explanation and its losers are to blame.

The Far Right Has Arrived... And It Could Take Washington!

Cas Mudde | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Cas Mudde

Donald Trump has brought far right politics into the mainstream of U.S. politics. He is the first far right presidential candidate of one of the two major political parties in the U.S., at least since the end of the Second World War.

Europe's Anti-Refugee Parties Are Dangerous Even When They Don't Win

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.02.2016 | World

Austria's Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer lost his country's presidential elections by just a few thousand votes last week, narrowly missing out...

Austria's Far-Right Narrowly Loses Cliffhanger Presidential Election

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.23.2016 | World

VIENNA, May 23 (Reuters) - A left-wing independent has pulled off a dramatic comeback in Austria's presidential election to defeat a candidate who wou...

For a Productive Discussion, Voters Must Fight the Impulse to Do Harm

Michael Shammas | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Michael Shammas

The point is simple: Elections are important. How can we debate the 2016 election in a way that recognizes that gravity? To me, improving our discourse means rising above "the impulse to do harm," which is something humans naturally feel after being slighted.

Don't Blame the Refugees for President Hofer, Blame Austria's (Formerly) Big Parties!

Cas Mudde | Posted 05.12.2016 | World
Cas Mudde

Barring what looks increasingly like a miracle, Austria will elect a far right president this Sunday. This time around it is not just someone with a far right past, like Kurt Waldheim, but a current member of a far right party, Norbert Hofer, of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ).

Vote-based Politics, Quandry for Minority Groups

Sabbir Khan | Posted 05.12.2016 | World
Sabbir Khan

Victimizing the minority communities in vote-based politics is not an uncommon phenomenon in national politics worldwide. In many countries of the world, the term "immigrant" and "minority" holds almost same meaning if not all the time.

World Labor Leaders Call For 'Global New Deal' To Combat Demagogues Like Trump

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Dozens of senior European labor union officials gathered this week at the AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. federation of labor unions, to trade...

Why the Stuttgart Congress Has Not Helped Alternative for Germany (AfD) Much

Cas Mudde | Posted 05.02.2016 | World
Cas Mudde

In many ways it was the German equivalent of a Donald Trump rally in the United States: outside lines of excited supporters as well as (violent) "anti-fascist" protesters, and inside chaos and Islamophobia.

And what if all goes to the far-right?

Mladen Grgic | Posted 04.08.2016 | World
Mladen Grgic

State after state, Donald Trump is winning the primaries. And yet, most of the people still repeat - he cannot win the general elections. But, what if...

What Europe Needs Most Is What It Fears Most: Migrants

European Horizons | Posted 03.27.2016 | World
European Horizons

This resurgence in far-right ideology is partly due to security concerns, but, as in the U.S., is also a response to Europe's legacy economic woes. This far-right momentum, if continued, will prove to be a perverse response to the crises facing Europe, only exacerbating economic pain.

Trump's Religion Problem: Studies Find Tolerance Increases the More Faith Matters

David Briggs | Posted 03.21.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

A study of 13 European countries found that supporters of populist radical right parties were relatively non-religious. With the exception of Poland, higher levels of Christian religiosity were weakly or negatively associated with voting for the populist radical right.

One Alternative for Germany or Many? The Mixed Message of the German State Elections

Cas Mudde | Posted 03.14.2016 | World
Cas Mudde

The far right Alternative for Germany (AfD) is the big winner of the elections. But that is the only really clear lesson so far. Why the AfD has won and, more directly related, at whose expense, will remain unclear until more detailed individual-level voter studies become available.

A Slovak Shocker! How Syrian Refugees Kidnapped the Slovak Elections

Cas Mudde | Posted 03.07.2016 | World
Cas Mudde

Fico has taken a hard stand from the beginning, echoing Kaczyński, Orbán and Czech President Miloš Zeman in an openly Islamophobic campaign against both the refugees and the EU's attempt to redistribute refugees.

Donald Trump Embodies How Great Republics Meet Their End

Financial Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics

What is one to make of the rise of Donald Trump? It is natural to think of comparisons with populist demagogues past and present....

The Danger of Hillary Clinton: She Is Not the 'Safer' Candidate

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

In an election year that finds both the left and right clamoring for political change, then, it seems suicidal for the Democrats to be putting forward a candidate who is as much a creature of the establishment as Hillary Rodham Clinton is.

Is the GOP a Far Right Party?

Cas Mudde | Posted 02.28.2016 | Politics
Cas Mudde

The problem for the GOP is that Trump is not the only major candidate whose core beliefs are at odds with liberal democracy, in particular minority rights. Each of the remaining five presidential candidates has proposed to limit the rights of minorities, including the gay community and Muslims.

Hate Groups And Extremism Grew In 2015

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 02.17.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump earned the dubious honor Wednesday of appearing on the cover of the Southern Poverty Law Center's annual report on extremis...