Category Archives: Populism

German far Right rebuffs Steve Bannon’s effort to forge Europe-wide populist movement

A leader of the far-Right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has poured cold water on plans by Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s former political strategist, to forge a wide populist alliance to undermine the European Union.

“We’re not in America,” Alexander Gauland, one of two co-leaders of the anti-immigrant party, told the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain in an interview published on Saturday.

“The interests of the anti-establishment parties in Europe are quite divergent,” he added in comments that amounted to a blunt rebuff to Mr Bannon from one of Europe’s most influential far-Right parties.

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The myth of a New Nazism

In June, former UK prime minister and Labour leader Tony Blair warned that today’s rising tide of populism risked ‘a return to the 1930s’. He is far from alone in drawing such an analogy. Over the past two years, since the election of Donald Trump in the US, and the Brexit vote in the UK, a flurry of op-eds, endless political speeches and countless books have all made a similar claim: that just as the institutions of liberal democracy nurtured, and then fell to, Hitler’s National Socialist German Workers’ Party, so too might our institutions nurture and fall to contemporary fascists in populist clothing.

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The young Austrian leader sharing power with the far right

“Sebastian Kurz is a rock star,” according to the US ambassador to Germany.

In a recent interview shortly after his arrival in Berlin, Richard Grenell told the alt-right Breitbart News website that he was “a big fan” of the youthful Austrian chancellor from the conservative People’s Party.

He is not the only one.

Mr Kurz’s harsh anti-migrant message has proved to be a winner at the ballot box in Austria – and now he is taking it to the European level.

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Vatican to Host Conference on ‘Migration, Xenophobia, and Politically Motivated Populism’

The General of the WCC, Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, said the meeting would be a “very useful and significant workshop to dig a bit deeper” into the problems of xenophobia as an expression of populism, as well as its links to racism, conflict, and violence in countries around the world.

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Italy’s New PM Vows to ‘Bring an End to the Immigration Business’

Outlining a “revolutionary” populist agenda for Italy, the nation’s new prime minister has promised an “end” to mass immigration from third world nations.

“The people spoke and demanded change,” Giuseppe Conte said Tuesday in his maiden address to parliament, where he promised to serve the public as their “lawyer for the interests of the Italian people”.

OK. But let’s not Over-Duce it.

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Italy’s populist parties reach new deal to form a government

Italy’s populist parties were finally given the green light to form a coalition government on Thursday evening, after they backed down over their initial selection of a deeply eurosceptic economy minister.

After days of intensive negotiations and pressure from the markets, the anti-immigrant, hard-Right League party and the anti-establishment Five Star Movement agreed to a compromise.

Both parties had come close to forming a government at the weekend, only for their efforts to be torpedoed by President Sergio Mattarella, who refused to approve their controversial choice of Paolo Savona as economy minister.

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Trudeau aims for G7 to pick up fight against extreme nationalism

“Many countries and many citizens are questioning the current system, as seen by the emergence of extreme nationalism or right-wing populism, or (voicing opposition) to anti-globalization,” Trudeau said.

“This must be at the center of the discussions we will have at the G7: how to reassure citizens about the future we are building together,” he added in his parliamentary office in Ottawa.

“It is important that we remain vigilant and keep this order, this peace, this stability, this predictability that has helped us to create everything we have today.”

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