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Can Multiculturalism Triumph in Europe?

Is it possible to achieve a triumph of multiculturalism and social cohesion in democratic societies?  As the popularity and influence of right-wing radicalism grow in Europe, a question has arisen as to whether democracy is actually able to ensure stability and multicultural development. Indeed, how efficient is the democratic struggle against radicalism? After all, democracy… Continue reading “Can Multiculturalism Triumph in Europe?”

The Counter-Extremism Response to the Radical Right: The Need for New Thinking

As recently published Prevent data shows, radical right extremism presents a very real threat to the UK’s domestic security. That to date, Prevent – the UK Government’s counter-extremism strategy – has been almost exclusively deployed in response to Islamist-inspired extremism, ensuring it is effective and appropriate for the newly emergent radical right threat presents a… Continue reading “The Counter-Extremism Response to the Radical Right: The Need for New Thinking”

Nazi Analogies Won’t Help Counter Radical Right Agendas in Post-Brexit Britain

Those of us living in Britain today, whether we originally hail from these shores or not, are only too aware that we are living through a major historical moment. Those of us involved in analysing the radical rights are also very conscious of the fact that, whatever deal is (or isn’t) reached between Britain and… Continue reading “Nazi Analogies Won’t Help Counter Radical Right Agendas in Post-Brexit Britain”

Contesting liberal democracy using the racialisation of space

Such proposals and appeals have not been seen or heard in Vienna and Austria since Nazi times. Every day, we are confronted with new provocations by the Austrian government which would have been deemed unimaginable just a few years ago: For example, the suggestion by the Austrian minister of Interior Affairs, Herbert Kickl of the radical… Continue reading “Contesting liberal democracy using the racialisation of space”

2019 and beyond: growing threat of the radical right in French politics

Two years on from the historic electoral ‘rise’ of Emmanuel Macron as French President, the French political landscape is even more volatile. The last two years have been a landmark occasion for a number of populist radical right parties across Europe. A number have even entered into coalition government, most notably in Italy and in Austria..The… Continue reading “2019 and beyond: growing threat of the radical right in French politics”

Icons of radical right-wing populism: Maurice Barrès

In the third of CARR’s series looking at the ‘Icons of the Radical Right’, Professor Hans-Georg Betz takes a look at the life and times of French radical right novelist, journalist and politician Auguste-Maurice Barrès (19 August 1862 – 4 December 1923). It is autumn 1891. A man is found dead in a cemetery on the outskirts of… Continue reading “Icons of radical right-wing populism: Maurice Barrès”

“The Global Rise of Nativism and Illiberalism: A Conversation on the Contemporary Political Pathology.” Part 2 – Defining and Interpreting the New Radical Right

In my last CARR blog, I highlighted the rise of the radical right in various parts of the world. In this blog, I tackle key definitions in the literature, including what we mean by the radical right, populism, nativism, and illiberalism respectively. I also offer some interpretations of these terms and underscore some of the… Continue reading ““The Global Rise of Nativism and Illiberalism: A Conversation on the Contemporary Political Pathology.” Part 2 – Defining and Interpreting the New Radical Right”

The Evolution of the Radical Right: An Interview with Matthew Feldman

Matthew Feldman, a specialist on fascist ideology, looks at how the radical right has changed over time. Q. As someone who has examined the history of radical right movements, how similar is the current political environment to the situation in the 1920s and 30s?  Very dissimilar at first glance. There are few fully-fledged fascist movements today, and certainly not those capable of seizing… Continue reading “The Evolution of the Radical Right: An Interview with Matthew Feldman”

Hyper-Medial Meaning-Making in the Estonian Radical Right

A review of Mari-Liis Madisson (2016) The Semiotic Construction of Identities in Hypermedia Environments: The Analysis of Online Communication of the Estonian Extreme Right, Tartu: University of Tartu Press, 195p. (available online: https://dspace.ut.ee/handle/10062/52174) In the recent Estonian parliamentary elections to Riigikogu (3 March 2019), the radical right-wing populist party EKRE (Eesti Konservatiivne Rahvaerakond) made significant… Continue reading “Hyper-Medial Meaning-Making in the Estonian Radical Right”