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E.U. Defends Farm Subsidy Program Exploited by Autocrats 5 Nov 6:44am Updated E.U. Defends Farm Subsidy Program Exploited by Autocrats
Outright fraud is rare, officials said. A Times investigation found that the program helps underwrite oligarchs, mobsters and far-right populists.
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The Money Farmers: How Oligarchs and Populists Milk the E.U. for Millions 3 Nov 4:42am Updated The Money Farmers: How Oligarchs and Populists Milk the E.U. for Millions
The European Union spends $65 billion a year subsidizing agriculture. But a chunk of that money emboldens strongmen, enriches politicians and finances corrupt dealing.
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Far-right AfD surges to second place in German state elections 27 Oct 3:03pm Far-right AfD surges to second place in German state elections
Leftwing Die Linke leads in state of Thuringia, but political landscape is fragmented Anti-immigrant populists beat Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats to second place in an election in the east German state of Thuringia yesterday, building spectacularly on their steady momentum since first entering the Bundestag two years ago. According to exit polls,
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AfD gains expected in battle for political heart of Germany 24 Oct 1:59pm AfD gains expected in battle for political heart of Germany
Its leader is labelled a Nazi, but polls show the party on par with CDU ahead of Thuringia election on Sunday Right-wing populists are expected to make strong gains in the German east-central state of Thuringia on Sunday, in further proof of the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD)‘s growing strength, although outrage sparked by Nazi slogans, death threats and the recent deadly attack on a synagogue may have dampened expectations of the party seizing control from the embattled left. In what has been billed as a fight for the political heart of Germany, the anti-immigrant, anti-establishment AfD,
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Why Europe’s new populists tell so many lies – and do it so shamelessly | Catherine Fieschi 30 Sep 10:43am Why Europe’s new populists tell so many lies – and do it so shamelessly | Catherine Fieschi
From Matteo Salvini to Boris Johnson, populist politicians brazenly distort the truth. Don’t think they do it to be believedThe torrent of lies that flows from the mouths of populists feels relentless: from Donald Trump’s routine lying about everything from
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Little-Known Professor and a Media Mogul Advance in Tunisia’s Presidential Election 17 Sep 3:22pm Little-Known Professor and a Media Mogul Advance in Tunisia’s Presidential Election
The two populists will vie for the country’s top job in a runoff election next month.
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28 Jun 11:24am End of liberalism? Putin sides with the populists
Russian President Vladimir Putin set the tone for debate at the G20 meeting in Osaka during a sit-down interview with the Financial Times by making a provocative point: Western liberalism, he said, had run its course.
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When the right turns to religion | Letters 12 Jun 12:42pm When the right turns to religion | Letters
Rightwing populists have always formed alliances with hierarchical religions, says
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A quiet revolution sweeps Europe as Greens become a political force 2 Jun 4:00am A quiet revolution sweeps Europe as Greens become a political force
Unexpected success in the EU elections has turned the erstwhile ‘fringe idealists’ into potential kingmakers in Brussels On election day in three European capitals at the end of May, voters swept an insurgent party to the top of the polls for the new European parliament. But, contrary to widespread media speculation in the run-up to the poll, it was not the far-right populists who triumphed at the ballot box in Brussels, Berlin and Dublin.
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Chancellor Hammond goes to war with Tory MP hopefuls 30 May 7:38pm Chancellor Hammond goes to war with Tory MP hopefuls
Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt endorsed the report which calls on the UK Government to 'turn on all the taps' but Philip Hammond (pictured) warned against 'reckless promises of populists'.
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Sure, the Populists Gained, but the Real Winners May Be for Europe 28 May 6:38pm Updated Sure, the Populists Gained, but the Real Winners May Be for Europe
In a fragmented new European Parliament, President Emmanuel Macron of France’s pro-Europe forces and the Greens may have more leverage to influence both policy and personnel.
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In Parliament Elections, Populists Seek to Break the E.U. From Within 27 May 12:23am Updated In Parliament Elections, Populists Seek to Break the E.U. From Within
Not long ago, nationalist movements pushed for a departure from the European Union. Now they are seeking seats in Parliament, promising an insurgency from within.
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European Election Results: Populists Gained Seats, but Not as Many as Expected 26 May 11:21pm Updated European Election Results: Populists Gained Seats, but Not as Many as Expected
As both pro-E.U. and anti-E.U. forces seemed likely to claim some victories, the vote made clear that arguing over the future of the bloc would intensify.
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European Election Results: The Right Gains Ground, but So Does the Left 26 May 9:31pm Updated European Election Results: The Right Gains Ground, but So Does the Left
While populists over all did not do as well some predicted, they made gains in France and Italy. The Greens also had a strong showing.
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26 May 8:57pm As populists falter, Europe is sent a mixed message
Europe's populist surge appears to have stalled. On Sunday night, as projections for the European Parliamentary election rolled in, Euroskeptic hopes (and fears) of nationalist politicians becoming a powerful force inside the European Union faded.
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26 May 7:10pm Updated Bannon’s Populists, Once a ‘Movement,’ Keep Him at Arm’s Length
For months the former Trump adviser promised to help far-right forces unify before European Parliament elections. Now they’re moving on without him.
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European Election Results: The Mainstream Loses Ground 26 May 6:40pm European Election Results: The Mainstream Loses Ground
While populists over all did not do as well some predicted, they made gains in France and, it appears, Italy. The Greens also had a strong showing.
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26 May 6:26pm Updated What to Watch For in the European Parliament Election Results
More than 400 million Europeans are eligible to vote in an election that will measure the strength of populists — and of supporters of the European Union.
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Populists Seek to Break the European Union From Within 25 May 9:29am Updated Populists Seek to Break the European Union From Within
Not long ago, nationalist movements were advocating a departure from the European Union. Now they are seeking seats in Parliament, promising an insurgency from within.
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24 May 9:20am Populists fare badly in Dutch EU elections
Dutch Pro-European parties are predicted to triumph in the European Parliament election against populists, an exit poll on Thursday has unexpectedly revealed.
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Germany’s AfD attacks Greta Thunberg as it embraces climate denial 14 May 9:16am Germany’s AfD attacks Greta Thunberg as it embraces climate denial
Rightwing populists to launch attack on climate science in vote drive before EU elections Germany’s rightwing populists are embracing climate change denial as the latest topic with which to boost their electoral support, teaming up with scientists who claim hysteria is driving the global warming debate and ridiculing the
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Soas academic running for AfD wrongly listed as professor on ballot 14 May 8:38am Soas academic running for AfD wrongly listed as professor on ballot
German rightwing populists list Gunnar Beck as ‘prof’, but Soas says he is a reader in law A German “reader in law” at Soas University of London who is contesting a seat in the European parliamentary elections for the rightwing populist party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has been given the title of professor on the ballot paper, leading to accusations that his academic credentials have been exaggerated. Dr Gunnar Beck is listed on Soas’s staff page as a reader in law who teaches courses on EU law and legal theory and undergraduate courses on legal methodology at the university. On the ballot paper for the
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Soas academic running for AfD accused of exaggerating credentials 14 May 6:33am Soas academic running for AfD accused of exaggerating credentials
German rightwing populists list Gunnar Beck as ‘prof’, but Soas says he is a reader in law A German legal scholar at Soas University of London who is contesting a seat in the European parliamentary elections for the rightwing populist party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has been accused of exaggerating his academic credentials, potentially opening the door for the outcome of the vote to be challenged under German law. Dr Gunnar Beck is listed on Soas’s staff page as a “reader in law” who teaches courses on EU law, legal theory and undergraduate courses on legal methodology at the university. On the ballot paper for the
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Revealed: populists far more likely to believe in conspiracy theories 1 May 10:02am Revealed: populists far more likely to believe in conspiracy theories
Largest survey of its kind uncovers suspicion of vaccines in big part of world population
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Spain’s Election Gives a Lift to the Left and a Warning to the Far Right 29 Apr 12:04pm Spain’s Election Gives a Lift to the Left and a Warning to the Far Right
The vote was likely to hearten supporters of socialism. If not the beginnings of a backlash against the populists, it seemed at least to be a fortifying of defenses.
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‘It’s the Grannies!’ New Voices Rise Against Austria’s Populists 28 Apr 11:22pm Updated ‘It’s the Grannies!’ New Voices Rise Against Austria’s Populists
A group of older women is galvanizing protests against the conservative-nationalist government in Vienna. But why stop there?
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The Right’s New Rallying Cry in Finland: ‘Climate Hysteria’ 14 Apr 8:56pm Updated The Right’s New Rallying Cry in Finland: ‘Climate Hysteria’
With the immigration issue losing some of its sizzle, populists are now capitalizing on fears of climate activism by liberal, urban elites.
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Zuzana Čaputová, the spiritual liberal who beat Slovakia’s populists 13 Apr 9:59am Zuzana Čaputová, the spiritual liberal who beat Slovakia’s populists
The country’s first female president says she won’t compromise on progressive values in her search for pragmatic solutionsAsked if there was a particular moment on the campaign trail when she realised she had a real chance of becoming Slovakia’s president, Zuzana Čaputová gave a faint smile. “I think that realisation is not going to come until I’ve actually started the job,” she said. From mid-June, Čaputová will have an imposing 18th-century palace at her disposal, but she received the
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Matteo Salvini Announces New European Alliance of Far-Right Populists 8 Apr 10:29am Matteo Salvini Announces New European Alliance of Far-Right Populists
Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy’s League party, and like-minded politicians from other countries hope to take control of the European Parliament in elections in May.
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Poland’s Populists Pick a New Top Enemy: Gay People 7 Apr 7:04pm Poland’s Populists Pick a New Top Enemy: Gay People
With public concern about migration on the wane, the governing Law and Justice party is making opposition to gay rights a cornerstone of its campaigning.
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Change the narrative: how a Swiss group is beating rightwing populists 7 Apr 5:46am Change the narrative: how a Swiss group is beating rightwing populists
Operation Libero is winning key victories by using fun but hard-hitting messages to tackle fear and pessimism How do you beat rightwing populists? With pink socks, viral videos, condoms – and an iron determination not to let them decide what matters. That’s how Operation Libero are doing it anyway.
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Populists are whipping up a storm as Europe faces lurch to the right 6 Apr 9:00am Populists are whipping up a storm as Europe faces lurch to the right
Nationalist groups across the continent are stoking anti-immigrant and Islamophobic sentiment to win seats in next month’s EU electionsThe battle for Europe is coming to a head – but, surprise, surprise, the main focus is not Brexit. Across the continent, far-right populist and nationalist parties are mobilising ahead of next month’s EU parliamentary elections. Polls show their support growing. For Europe’s newly energised hard right, Brexit is both a spur and a sideshow. Whipping up anti-immigrant, Islamophobic and anti-semitic sentiment, and exploiting public anger over austerity and the perceived arrogance of the Brussels political class, the populists aim to reassert the pre-eminence of national identity, narrowly defined, and
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Anti-immigration populists surge in Dutch provincial elections 21 Mar 8:55am Anti-immigration populists surge in Dutch provincial elections
FvD party on course to win 12 seats in provincial elections for upper house of parliament An anti-immigration populist party has won the most votes in elections for the upper house of parliament in the Netherlands, days after a shooting in Utrecht, robbing the governing coalition of its majority and forcing it to seek new alliances on the left. In a further fragmentation of Dutch politics, the Forum for Democracy (FvD) party of Thierry Baudet, a flamboyant former academic and columnist, is on course to win 12 seats in an upper house containing a record 12 parties, none with more than 12 seats.
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2 Mar 7:36pm Updated Fact Check: CPAC
Like Walt Whitman, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) audience contains multitudes. The annual event attracts college Republicans, populists, nationalists, some libertarians, and the occasional Revolutionary reenactor, who gather to hear speakers on the right discuss topics ranging from "how China is using 5G and AI to take over the world" to "a crash course in fighting censorship."
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1 Mar 3:01pm Kashmir conflict is in hands of two populist leaders
When two populists go to war, there is every chance their people will suffer more than they will.
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Vaccine scepticism rises in line with votes for populists, study finds 25 Feb 8:02am Vaccine scepticism rises in line with votes for populists, study finds
Surges in measles cases map tightly to countries where populism is on the march, as distrust of elites spreads Scepticism about vaccines for children has risen across Europe in line with votes for populists, according to a new study, which proposes that public health officials should track populist parties in opinion polls as a proxy signal for vaccine hesitancy. Big surges in measles cases and deaths map to countries where populist parties have become prominent – in particular, Greece, Italy and France.
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The Davos set are cosying up to the far right – and scared of the left | Cas Mudde 5 Feb 7:52am The Davos set are cosying up to the far right – and scared of the left | Cas Mudde
The World Economic Forum event revealed how elites are more afraid of leftwing populists, than rightwing ones like Bolsonaro Last week, the World Economic Forum (WEF) brought thousands of neoliberal elites – as well as an army of feted journalists and scholars – to the popular Swiss ski resort of
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Italy and France’s refugee dispute awakens a dark colonial legacy 27 Jan 2:00am Italy and France’s refugee dispute awakens a dark colonial legacy
As European elections near, Rome’s populists are advancing a pointed narrative that firmly blames the Elysée for migration The ornate, sculpted facade of Paris’s Palais de la Porte Dorée is a majestic allegory: at its centre is France, symbolising peace, prosperity and abundance, surrounded by her “possessions”, the colonies, offering up their riches. Today the magnificent art deco palace, built for the 1931 Colonial Exhibition, houses the History of Immigration Museum, a popular venue for school visits. Its director, Hélène Orain, says the museum is a vital reminder of France’s colonial past. “We have a duty to remember. We must say what we did, take responsibility for what was done, including the pillaging and abuses. Our role is to show how we changed the destinies of the countries and continents we colonised.”
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The Interpreter: When More Democracy Isn’t More Democratic 21 Jan 7:41pm Updated The Interpreter: When More Democracy Isn’t More Democratic
The checks democratic systems impose on popular will are no accident. But the discontent they can lead to offers fertile ground to populists.
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Populist leaders face mounting resistance, say global rights experts 17 Jan 4:30am Populist leaders face mounting resistance, say global rights experts
Opposition to authoritarian rule reflects increased concern of voters and institutions, Human Rights Watch claims From Europe to Yemen and Myanmar to the US, authoritarian and populist leaders face an increasingly powerful human rights pushback, according to an influential annual survey of global rights. Despite mounting pessimism around rights abuses and attacks on democracy by populists on both the far left and far right, the “big news” of the past year was the growing trend to confront abuses by “headline-grabbing autocrats”, said Human Rights Watch.
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Brexit and the U.S. Shutdown: Two Governments in Paralysis 12 Jan 2:06pm Updated Brexit and the U.S. Shutdown: Two Governments in Paralysis
Rarely have British and American politics seemed as synchronized as they do in the chilly dawn of 2019, when pro-globalization elites battle the populists.
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Is the anti-vaccine movement putting lives at risk? 6 Jan 10:00pm Is the anti-vaccine movement putting lives at risk?
The re-emergence of the disgraced doctor Andrew Wakefield has fueled a resurgence of vaccine scepticism among rightwing populists. After a surge in measles outbreaks across the EU in 2018, Sarah Boseley looks back at how confidence in the MMR vaccine was dented after Wakefield’s discredited campaign against it. Plus: Sonia Sodha on how to improve the British honours system In 1998, the British doctor Andrew Wakefield announced that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) childhood vaccination programme was linked to autism and advised parents against it. It was one of the most controversial health stories of a generation and caused a media sensation. In the years after his claim, the UK’s immunisation rate plunged and cases of measles soared. The Guardian’s health editor,
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For Italy’s Populists, Everything Is a Nationalist Cause. Even Leonardo. 27 Dec 2018, 4:21pm Updated For Italy’s Populists, Everything Is a Nationalist Cause. Even Leonardo.
The hard-right government has accused the French of disrespect and of trying to culturally appropriate the artist in a dispute over loaning his works.
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Rightwing populists ride wave of mistrust of vaccine science 21 Dec 2018, 9:01am Rightwing populists ride wave of mistrust of vaccine science
Antivaxers are on the rise in countries such as Italy, Poland and France where the far right has made gains As long as there have been vaccines, there have been doubters. Some people have religious or philosophical reservations. Others are more anxious about the possible side-effects of a jab than about falling sick with a poorly understood disease. But now vaccine doubt is spreading faster and further than ever through social media, and populist rightwing politicians in Europe and the US are riding on the back of a wave of mistrust of vaccine science.
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Measles cases at highest for 20 years in Europe, as anti-vaccine movement grows 21 Dec 2018, 9:00am Measles cases at highest for 20 years in Europe, as anti-vaccine movement grows
A climate of doubt about vaccine safety is putting lives at risk, experts warn A growing anti-vaccine movement in Europe, fuelled by social media and anti-establishment populists, is putting lives at risk and may be to blame for measles outbreaks surging to a 20-year high, health experts are warning. A fresh Guardian analysis of WHO data shows that measles cases in Europe will top 60,000 this year - more than double that of 2017 and the highest this century. There have been 72 deaths, twice as many as in 2017.
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Progressives becoming irrelevant by ceding ground to far-right populists | Letters 29 Nov 2018, 11:41am Progressives becoming irrelevant by ceding ground to far-right populists | Letters
It would be wrong for the EU to say no to migrants, say
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Liberals, learn the politics of emotion to beat right-wing populists | Paul Mason 26 Nov 2018, 1:00am Liberals, learn the politics of emotion to beat right-wing populists | Paul Mason
Attachment to place and identity can be part of a radical democratic project that speaks to people’s hearts In Europe, the United States and Brazil, authoritarian nationalism is sweeping to power through a mixture of negative emotion and elite connivance. But this is no mere re-run of the 1930s. In the first place, unlike in Germany, Italy and Spain at the incipient moments of their dictatorships, the existing elites neither want nor need fascism. Their problem is that they don’t know how to fight it. Over the past 15 years political science has engaged a well-evidenced but unfruitful debate over what caused the rise of parties such as Ukip, the Party for Freedom (PVV) in the Netherlands, or France’s Front National. In general, I think it is proven that cultural rather than economic insecurities are what’s driving politics to the right. But it does not follow from this that action at the economic level can’t stem the tide of plebeian racism. In order to get the actions right, though, we have to understand that the political narratives of the centre are failing due to the way the free-market economy was designed.
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Is big pharma ignoring the poor? 22 Nov 2018, 10:00pm Is big pharma ignoring the poor?
Pharmaceutical companies are driven by profit. Is that why diseases that kill thousands of people every year have been ignored – even though the cures may already exist? Health editor Sarah Boseley investigates. Plus: Hillary Clinton argues that Europe must curb immigration to stop rightwing populists gaining ground Neglected diseases kill thousands of people every year, even though the cures may already exist. How much it costs for pharmaceutical companies to create a new drug is hotly disputed, but recent figures place it at around $2.7bn. So it’s not a cheap business – but successful medicines can net a company astronomical profits.
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Hillary Clinton: Europe must curb immigration to stop rightwing populists 22 Nov 2018, 9:00am Hillary Clinton: Europe must curb immigration to stop rightwing populists
Europe and centre-left everywhere need tougher approach to phenomenon that fuelled Trump and Brexit, says Clinton
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Revealed: one in four Europeans vote populist 20 Nov 2018, 9:00am Revealed: one in four Europeans vote populist
Exclusive research shows how populists tripled their vote over the past two decades
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Populists like Trump exacerbate rather than cure corruption | Barry Eichengreen 12 Nov 2018, 4:28am Populists like Trump exacerbate rather than cure corruption | Barry Eichengreen
The US president and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro will repopulate the swamp rather than drain it Following Emmanuel Macron’s election as president of France in May 2017, global elites breathed a sigh of relief. The populist wave, they reassured themselves, had crested. Voters had regained their sanity. Helped along by an electoral system in which the two leading candidates faced off in a second round, the “silent majority” had united behind the centrist candidate in the runoff. But now we have Brazil’s presidential election, in which Jair Bolsonaro, who displays the authoritarian, anti-establishment, and anti-other tendencies of a textbook populist, won decisively in the second round. A two-round electoral system in which the runoff pits a populist outsider against the last mainstream candidate standing is no guarantee, evidently, that the centre will hold.
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Italy’s Populists Dig In After E.U. Rejects Their Budget as a Danger 24 Oct 2018, 2:45am Updated Italy’s Populists Dig In After E.U. Rejects Their Budget as a Danger
The European Commission told Rome that it would have to rewrite its draft 2019 budget and reduce its deficit, or face heavy fines early next year.
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Our planet can’t take many more populists like Brazil’s Bolsonaro | Jonathan Watts 24 Oct 2018, 1:00am Our planet can’t take many more populists like Brazil’s Bolsonaro | Jonathan Watts
Just when Earth badly needs pro-environment leaders, we get big-business strongmen. There’s a reason for this grim irony Unless every poll is wildly wrong, Brazil will probably elect a racist, sexist, homophobic advocate of torture at the end of this month. The former army captain Jair Bolsonaro nearly won outright in the first round, securing the votes of almost 50 million people – despite his extreme views being
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In Poland Elections, Populists Fail to Sway Moderates, Exit Polls Suggest 22 Oct 2018, 12:08am Updated In Poland Elections, Populists Fail to Sway Moderates, Exit Polls Suggest
Although official results are not yet in, exit polls suggested that the governing Law and Justice party had not expanded its appeal to the moderates in Poland’s urban areas.
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Here’s how to beat the populists: stop talking about immigration | Natalie Nougayrède 26 Sep 2018, 1:00am Here’s how to beat the populists: stop talking about immigration | Natalie Nougayrède
The way to take on Orbán and Salvini is to point out the dangers they pose to everyday freedoms and the rule of law While the British Brexit debate rages on, it continues to ignore entirely a more important European political battle: the search for the best way to defeat populists on the continent within the next eight months – the time left before the EU parliamentary elections. That little of this seems to get factored into internal British discourse is not surprising: for all the headlines about Theresa May’s “
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Italy’s Populists Loosen Vaccine Law Amid a Fever They Fueled 21 Sep 2018, 12:15am Updated Italy’s Populists Loosen Vaccine Law Amid a Fever They Fueled
After years of spreading confusion about vaccines, the Five Star Movement and its governing partner, the League, have reduced vaccination proof to a parent’s promise.
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Austrian populists expect to be kingmakers as politics takes turn to right 11 Oct 2017, 4:09am Austrian populists expect to be kingmakers as politics takes turn to right
Freedom party dictates tone of Sunday’s election, as Social Democrats tainted by ‘dirty tricks’ strategy Austrian politics is set to tip to the right less than a year after averting a far-right presidency by the populist Freedom party , with the party on course to emerge as coalition kingmaker in Sunday’s national elections. Though currently fighting for second place behind 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz of the centre-right Austrian People’s party (ÖVP), the Freedom party has managed to dictate the agenda of a campaign centred largely around immigration and fears of radical Islam, and will receive a last-stretch boost from a
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AfD leaders will ‘hound Angela Merkel’ after strong showing at polls 24 Sep 2017, 4:40pm AfD leaders will ‘hound Angela Merkel’ after strong showing at polls
Germany’s rightwing populists likely to take 80 seats in next parliament, achieving best result for any new party since 1949 Leaders of Germany’s Alternative für Deutschland have vowed to “take back our country and our people” and “hound Angela Merkel” with a legal investigation into the refugee crisis as they became the first overtly nationalist party to
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Merkel wins fourth term but far-right AfD surge to third in German election 24 Sep 2017, 1:33pm Merkel wins fourth term but far-right AfD surge to third in German election
Chancellor returns but with diminished authority as first openly nationalist party in decades enters Bundestag Angela Merkel has secured a fourth term as German chancellor but with her authority diminished, after her conservative bloc secured the lead position in parliamentary elections but failed to halt the march of rightwing populists. The Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) was celebrating its historic third place success on Sunday night, having secured 13% of the vote, according to exit polls, marking the first time in almost six decades that an openly nationalist party will enter the Bundestag.
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European Populists Who Aped Brexit and Trump Rethink Their Approach 22 Aug 2017, 8:35am Updated European Populists Who Aped Brexit and Trump Rethink Their Approach
Many officials think their attempt to associate with the U.K. and the U.S. undermined what was supposed to be a banner year. A recovering economy has also hurt their arguments—for now.
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Highlights of the French Presidential Vote 7 May 2017, 7:15pm Highlights of the French Presidential Vote
The pro-European Emmanuel Macron’s victory over Marine Le Pen is another setback for far-right populists on the Continent.
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The Saturday Profile: A Trump Tower Neighbor Is the Point Man for Europe’s Populists 14 Apr 2017, 5:20pm Updated The Saturday Profile: A Trump Tower Neighbor Is the Point Man for Europe’s Populists
George Guido Lombardi offers the intoxicating possibility of access to President Trump to Europe’s energized right-wing politicians.
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Dutch Leader Holds Off Populists, Exit Polls Suggest 15 Mar 2017, 9:20pm Updated Dutch Leader Holds Off Populists, Exit Polls Suggest
The Dutch political establishment looked set to hold on power, despite losing votes on Wednesday to anti-immigrant nationalists and other upstart parties, according to an exit.
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Dutch Election: Populists Appear to Fall Short in Dutch Election, Amid High Turnout 15 Mar 2017, 6:02pm Dutch Election: Populists Appear to Fall Short in Dutch Election, Amid High Turnout
The far-right populist party led by Geert Wilders gained seats, but did not perform as well as expected.
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Dutch election: Voters go to the polls in key test for populists 15 Mar 2017, 10:25am Updated Dutch election: Voters go to the polls in key test for populists
All eyes are on the anti-immigrant Freedom Party in a test of populism's appeal in Europe.
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Switzerland votes to ease citizenship process 12 Feb 2017, 11:54am Switzerland votes to ease citizenship process
Voters support proposal to make it easier for third-generation immigrants to become citizens, despite opposition from populists Switzerland has voted to make it easier for third-generation immigrants to become citizens, rejecting rightwing politicians’ complaints that the proposed measures would pose a security risk. Until now, a fast-track route to citizenship was restricted to foreigners who had been married to Swiss citizens for more than six years, including those who have never lived in the country.
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The Guardian view on Phil Shiner: bad man, vital job | Editorial 3 Feb 2017, 1:55pm The Guardian view on Phil Shiner: bad man, vital job | Editorial
The lawyer betrayed the soldiers who faced fake charges. He betrayed the law. But human rights has never mattered moreAn argument often made by populists is that
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The Guardian view on Putin’s Europe: the new fellow travellers | Editorial 18 Jan 2017, 3:03pm The Guardian view on Putin’s Europe: the new fellow travellers | Editorial
Moscow may relish a role as a disrupter of liberal democracy as much as it would like to see the EU unravel, but that does little to hide the contradictions among pro-Russian political groups in EuropeWith all the speculation surrounding Russia’s influence over European politics, seeking clarity and finding a sense of balance is a challenge. To say that Mr Putin’s regime engineered the rise of populist forces on the continent is an exaggeration if not a fallacy. France’s far-right Front National was created in 1972, years before Mr Putin got anywhere close to power. Austria’s nationalist Freedom party registered its first electoral success in 2000, at a time when Russia’s foreign policy was still geared towards finding a modus vivendi with the EU – not seeking to undermine it. Nor are all of Europe’s populists pro-Putin: Poland’s ruling nationalist PiS party is a staunch critic of the man. But that’s not to say Mr Putin’s regime hasn’t cultivated radical fringe groups in Europe, nor that some haven’t applauded him in return. Russia’s interactions with Europe have in fact become hard to analyse without taking into account the many political threads the Kremlin has built up within the EU, along with the ideological impact this has on the continent’s elections. With key European votes this year, Russia’s sway must be scrutinised, but in a cool-headed way. The double trap is to either deny or overstate Moscow’s hand. It’s not as if the Kremlin today ran a network of “comrade” parties in Europe as it did during the cold war. These days, it’s not communist revolution that’s on Moscow’s agenda, nor are its levers quite the same. If Mr Putin’s Russia finds a degree of sympathy in parts of European politics, it’s on a more complex basis altogether and in a much transformed global environment. In recent years, his swerve towards hardline nationalism and ultraconservative slogans have put him in tune with far-right European groups who share similar views. But it is also clear he has a constituency among parts of Europe’s far left, for reasons that have little to do with cultural affinities but point to the rise of anti-western sentiment.
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Human Rights Watch report card gives Australia a fail for offshore detention 12 Jan 2017, 9:45am Human Rights Watch report card gives Australia a fail for offshore detention
Annual assessment says fundamental freedoms under threat globally from ‘new generation of authoritarian populists’ Papua New Guinea and Australia must move swiftly to close the Manus Island detention centre, nine months after the
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Guy Verhofstadt to run for president of European parliament 6 Jan 2017, 9:51am Guy Verhofstadt to run for president of European parliament
Former Belgian PM, currently parliament’s lead Brexit negotiator, enters running to take over top job from Martin Schulz The former Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt has announced that he will run for the presidency of the European parliament in a race given added significance by the key role the 751-seat assembly could play in Britain’s departure from the EU. “In these insecure, turbulent times, when Europe is threatened by nationalists and populists of all kinds, we need visionaries, bridge-builders and compromise-seekers alike,” Verhofstadt said in a
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Like Trump, Europe’s Populists Win Big With Rural Voters 6 Dec 2016, 7:26pm Like Trump, Europe’s Populists Win Big With Rural Voters
Anti-establishment parties are on the move, tapping into rural discontent and exploiting rural resentments against urban residents viewed as elites.
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Editorial: A Momentary Setback for Europe’s Right-Wingers 6 Dec 2016, 3:21am Editorial: A Momentary Setback for Europe’s Right-Wingers
Austrian voters reject an anti-immigrant candidate, but the populists are far from vanquished.
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Italy Rejects Renzi, Buoys Populists 5 Dec 2016, 5:53am Updated Italy Rejects Renzi, Buoys Populists
Italian voters on Sunday rejected constitutional changes backed by the government, prompting Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to announce his resignation and handing populists a victory in the heartland of Europe.
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5 Dec 2016, 2:48am Updated Populists oust Italian PM in resounding referendum defeat
Italians on Sunday are casting their ballots in a crucial constitutional referendum that could drastically change the political landscape of the eurozone's third-largest economy.
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 Now for Italexit! Europe battered by another anti-establishment revolt as polls predict landslide defeat for Italian PM Mateo Renzi in referendum campaign that could now gift power to populists committed to taking the country out of the euro 4 Dec 2016, 10:05pm Now for Italexit! Europe battered by another anti-establishment revolt as polls predict landslide defeat for Italian PM Mateo Renzi in referendum campaign that could now gift power to populists committed to taking the country out of the euro
The vote could prompt an exit from the European Union and rejection would follow results in the Brexit referendum and the U.S. presidency race in citizens turning their back on the political status quo.
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Enthusiasm for Trump in Poland Is Tempered by Distrust of Putin 19 Nov 2016, 10:44am Enthusiasm for Trump in Poland Is Tempered by Distrust of Putin
Europe’s right-wing populists are celebrating Donald J. Trump as a natural ally, but memories of Russian domination during the Soviet era remain raw in Poland.
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14 Nov 2016, 4:34am In Europe, Trumpism Leads Down Different Economic Path
The market senses that Mr. Trump’s win is likely to lead to a change in U.S. economic strategy. For European populists hoping to ride his coat tails, electoral success would have a different result, Simon Nixon writes.
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14 Nov 2016, 3:03am In Europe, Trumpism Leads Down Different Economic Path
The market senses that Mr. Trump’s win is likely to lead to a change in U.S. economic strategy. For European populists hoping to ride his coat tails, electoral success would have a different result, Simon Nixon writes.
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14 Nov 2016, 2:50am In Europe, Trumpism Leads Down Different Economic Path
The market senses that Mr. Trump’s win is likely to lead to a change in U.S. economic strategy. For European populists hoping to ride his coat tails, electoral success would have a different result, Simon Nixon writes.
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13 Nov 2016, 9:21pm In Europe, Trumpism Leads Down Different Economic Path
The market senses that Mr. Trump’s win is likely to lead to a change in U.S. economic strategy. For European populists hoping to ride his coat tails, electoral success would have a different result, Simon Nixon writes.
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13 Nov 2016, 2:33pm In Europe, Trumpism Leads Down Different Economic Path
The market senses that Mr. Trump’s win is likely to lead to a change in U.S. economic strategy. For European populists hoping to ride his coat tails, electoral success would have a different result, Simon Nixon writes.
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4 Sep 2016, 5:44am Angela Merkel faces humiliating defeat in German regional poll
CDU lagging behind Social Democrats and anti-immigration AfD in chancellor’s Mecklenburg-Vorpommern constituency Angela Merkel could face a humiliating defeat in regional elections in her own constituency of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, where some polls have put her Christian Democratic Union party third behind the Social Democrats and the rightwing populists Alternative für Deutschland. Earlier this year, the chancellor’s centre-right CDU looked like the party most likely to be tasked with forming the next government after Sunday’s vote in the eastern state, but in one recent survey its support dropped to 20%, behind the AfD on 23% and the centre-left SPD on 28%.
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2 Sep 2016, 6:00am Trump, Erdoğan, Farage: The attractions of populism for politicians, the dangers for democracy
Populists are just different elites who try to grab power with the help of a collective fantasy of political purity After Brexit, and with a Trump victory in November still a possibility, liberals are in a panic about populism. They have struggled to comprehend what a figure like Trump is about ideologically – hence the enormous amount of ink spilt over the question of whether he is or isn’t a fascist – and the rather hapless attempt to coin the term “Trumpism” (Trump, you see, is really a representative of Trumpism). Alternatively, liberals have focused on actual Brexit and Trump supporters and jumped to conclusions about what they think and, especially, feel. As a result, the content of what, after all, is an “-ism” – that is to say, a political belief system – has become conflated with the supposed psychological states of its supporters, namely feelings of resentment and relative deprivation. It is correct that in Europe and the United States (at least in the case of Trump) less educated males are the main constituency of what is commonly referred to as populism; it is true that in surveys many voters register their sense that the country as a whole is declining (an assessment that does not necessarily depend on their personal economic situation; it is simply not true that every supporter of what can plausibly be classified as a populist party is an objective “loser in globalisation”). But all this is like saying that we best understand the intellectual content of social democracy if we keep redescribing its voters as workers envious of rich people. The profile of supporters of populism obviously matters, but it is patronising to reduce all they think and say to resentment, and explain the entire phenomenon as an inarticulate political expression of the Trumpenproletariat and its European equivalents.
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22 Jul 2016, 7:04pm The future of Europe: new groups, divisions and fault lines
From integrationists calling for a European federation to populists arguing for mass exit, who’s who in the debate on the EU’s future?
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8 Jun 2016, 4:00am Brexit could start a disastrous EU drift to the east | Andras Schweitzer
If western members begin to leave the union, its centre of gravity may shift eastwards – giving populists and nationalists a louder voice
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