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The Springs of Populism in Europe


One year before the European Parliament elections and European democracies are in turmoil. Amid this instability, populist parties are performing well – from emerging neo-fascists like Golden Dawn in Greece to more established populist forces such as France’s Front National.

In this panel discussion, the speakers explored how these populist movements constitute a lens for understanding the current political challenges facing Europe’s leaders. They will look at the specific social and cultural factors that have led to the success of populism – with a particular focus on France and Greece in perspective to the UK – and will discuss what deeper institutional problems the movements point to.

Speakers:

  • Michel Wieviorka: Director of the Fondation de la Maison des Sciences de l’ Homme and Director of CADIS/EHESS from 1993 to 2009. He is the author of the Counterpoint pamphlet Le Front National (FN), entre extrémisme, populisme et démocratie
  • Othon Anastasakis: Director of South East European Studies at Oxford and Director of the European Studies Centre
  • Peter Kellner: journalist, political commentator and President of YouGov
  • Philippe Marlière: Professor of French and European politics, University College London

Populism Panel from UCL European Institute on Vimeo.


Interview: Michel Wieviorka (Springs of Populism in Europe) from UCL European Institute on Vimeo.


Interview: Othon Anastasakis (Springs of Populism in Europe) from UCL European Institute on Vimeo.


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With the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union.

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