Month: July 2018

Professor Cas Mudde’s 2018 European Populism Tour

Below are a selection of videos from Senior Fellow, Professor Cas Mudde’s, 2018 European Populism tour. This is the third (and last) time Professor Mudde has conducted such events, which this time involved 18 lectures, 15 media interviews and 9 roundtables and workshops. The tours are linked to the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award Professor Mudde… Continue reading “Professor Cas Mudde’s 2018 European Populism Tour”

When Are We Going To Take The Threat of The Radical Right Seriously?

Since the events of 9/11 in the USA and 7/7 in the UK, considerable public attention has been paid to issues relating to terrorism, radicalisation, and extremism. As the threats posed by Islamist terrorists have been visible and dramatic, counter-terrorism measures have tended to focus on Muslim communities. In the process of this almost single-minded emphasis,… Continue reading “When Are We Going To Take The Threat of The Radical Right Seriously?”

The Hidden Success of the Far Right’s “Free Tommy” Campaign

If you thought the campaign to free Tommy Robinson was a failure, think again. On June 9, London saw a convergence of thousands of demonstrators to protest the jailing of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, known to most as Tommy Robinson, formerly of the radical-right English Defence League (EDL). Robinson had been arrested for breach of the peace… Continue reading “The Hidden Success of the Far Right’s “Free Tommy” Campaign”

Endgames in Germany: bringing down Merkel

The CSU’s position is weak – but unfortunately, not weak enough to not bring down Angela Merkel. Earlier this year, Angela Merkel finally managed to put together a grand coalition between Germany’s traditional mainstream parties: the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU); and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD). It is a coalition already living on borrowed time.… Continue reading “Endgames in Germany: bringing down Merkel”

Could the Copeland case have helped to track down the NSU terrorists?

On the afternoon of 9 June 2004, a nail bomb exploded on vibrant Keupstrasse in Cologne, Germany, a business centre for the city’s Turkish community. 22 people were injured, some of them severely; purely by luck, no one was killed. In the hours afterwards, it was widely discussed in the German media whether this could… Continue reading “Could the Copeland case have helped to track down the NSU terrorists?”

Dr Paul Jackson Shares His Five Reasons to Study the History of Fascism

Gale Cengage’s Political Extremism Archive is important, as it is a major step forward in how people like me can teach, and research, the history of fascism. But why do we need to study this history? Why should universities invest in teaching students about fascism? I want to set out five key reasons why I… Continue reading “Dr Paul Jackson Shares His Five Reasons to Study the History of Fascism”

’Finspång’ – An Execution Meme of the Swedish Radical Right Ignites the Political Discourse

It was born of the dark web amongst the Swedish radical right – a meme naming the tiny city of Finspång, in the province of Ostrogothia, as the place where in the fictional future ‘national traitors’ would be executed in large sways once fascists took power. Images have circulated of people hanged on street-lamps and… Continue reading “’Finspång’ – An Execution Meme of the Swedish Radical Right Ignites the Political Discourse”

Print Is Dead: Not For Germany’s Radical Right

Extremist publications in Germany defy the belief that print is dead, and that radical-right innovation happens online. Recent years have repeatedly seen debates over the radical right’s use of online spaces, especially social media platforms, to spread ideas, to connect and to mobilize. Indeed, the (no longer so new) visibility of the radical right on… Continue reading “Print Is Dead: Not For Germany’s Radical Right”

Data Mining the Radical Right: Using Social Network Analysis Online

“Data mining” is a catch-all term for using techniques from computer science, information retrieval, and statistics to help extract knowledge from large amounts of raw data. Data mining techniques can be used to make predictions and find hidden patterns that might not be readily apparent to a human analyst. I have several decades of experience… Continue reading “Data Mining the Radical Right: Using Social Network Analysis Online”

Book Review: Colin Jordan and Britain’s Neo-Nazi Movement: Hitler’s Echo by Paul Jackson

Whilst investigations into the British far right have continued to boom over recent years, one aspect which has been underexamined – in contrast to the numerous studies of Oswald Mosley and the British Union of Fascists – is neo-Nazism. Through his study of Colin Jordan, easily Britain’s most influential and longest-serving neo-Nazi, Paul Jackson has… Continue reading “Book Review: Colin Jordan and Britain’s Neo-Nazi Movement: Hitler’s Echo by Paul Jackson”