Right-Wing Populism in Europe and Israel: Common Challenges and Policy Options

by: Dr. Roby NathansonDr. Jan BusseDr. Rem KortewegDr. Werner Puschra  date:  01.12.2017

Right-Wing Populism in Europe and Israel: Common Challenges and Policy Options

The annual European meeting of the IsraeliEuropean Policy Network (IEPN) in Barcelona focused on the rise of right wing populism in Europe and in Israel discussed the causes for this rise and the actions that could be taken to contain its rise. There’s a growing consensus that populism represents an important challenge for traditional parties and democracy as a whole. Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 American presidential elections has been the clearest example of the recent rise of right-wing populism across Western states. Other expressions have been, for instance, the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom and the Italian referendum of the same year. Right-wing populists have been successful in mobilising popular discontent with the political establishment and elites, and presenting themselves as the only alternative that speaks on behalf of ‘the population’.
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