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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...

Any Candidate Who Refuses To Support Climate Action Is Unfit For President

William S. Becker | Posted 01.10.2016 | Politics
William S. Becker

With presidential primaries fast approaching, Republican voters should be asking themselves a few provocative questions about their front-runners and their party. Are conservatives in the United States so bereft of ideas that their only response to global climate change is to pretend it doesn't exist?

It's Beginning to Look a Bit Like 1932

Steven Conn | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

In the midst of a national crisis, Republican Senator David Reed (PA) announced: "If this country ever needed a Mussolini, it needs one now." If you missed that statement, or if David Reed's name doesn't ring a bell, you are forgiven. He made this chilling observation in 1932.

Islam, Republicans and the Far Right

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

What makes the Republicans discourse' on Islam and the Muslim world dangerous is that it is disseminated through a wide and powerful network of media outlets and rightwing think tanks then consumed by a public with no direct contact or firsthand knowledge of the Muslim world.

The U.S. Should Join Hands With Russia to Fight ISIS

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Any rational person would have to agree that the world stands a better chance of effectively fighting IS together, than separately.

Europe's Long Goodbye to Open Borders

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.15.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

If a bomb can explode in a stadium in France with the French president sitting in it, there is a problem. The Paris attacks are a wake-up call.

The Liberal Inequality Fighters

Byron Williams | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Byron Williams

Liberals love to bemoan the extreme right -- seeing them as allergic to critical thinking, representing the fortress that blocks enlightenment. But this conversation is not only arrogant; it is shortsighted in that it can blind liberals to the shortcomings on its own side.

Ukraine's Far-Right: Sifting Facts From Fiction

Samuel Ramani | Posted 07.11.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

While it is essential not to underestimate the power of far-right movements in Ukraine and their political influence, it is equally important to emphasize that far-right movements have limited public support in contemporary Ukraine.

Rightist Critics of Pope Francis

Martin Marty | Posted 05.21.2016 | Religion
Martin Marty

So predictable are the Pope's critics on the Right that we seldom engage in sighting them or commenting on them in Sightings. But never to notice them does a disservice to those who would like a full accounting of the Pope-in-public, the Pontiff-in-the media, etc.