Re­turn to the po­liti­cally aban­do­ned

Study launch and panel discussion at the European Policy Centre Auditorium

Study: „Return to the politically abandoned: Conversations in right-wing populist strongholds in Germany and France“

The aftermath left by the French and German general elections of the past year keeps shaping current political debates, while recent electoral results from Italy and Sweden continue to fuel the discussion of why populists keep winning at the polls. The Franco-German comparative study “Return to the politically abandoned: Conversations in right-wing populist strongholds in Germany and France”, conducted by the think tank Das Progressive Zentrum, uncovers new perspectives that are seldomly considered in these debates: 500 door-to-door interviews with people in structurally weak regions with a high proportion of right-wing populist voters show that current socio-political conditions - and not factors such as xenophobia - are often the drivers for anger and anxiety about the future.

Since its publication in March 2018, the overwhelmingly positive reception of the study’s recommendations for action against the rightward shift in Germany has generated considerable interest. In order to bring the debate to the European level, Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft has supported the translation and publication of the study as well as the inclusion of a German-French comparative approach. The translated study will be presented and discussed in a Policy Dialogue Brussels.

What makes populism popular and what can be done about it?
16 October 2018, 14.00-16.00 (registration from 13.30)
European Policy Centre Auditorium, Rue du Trône 14-16, 1000 Brussels
On the panel:

Johannes Hillje
Policy Fellow, Das Progressive Zentrum

Paul F. Nemitz
Principal Advisor, DG Justice and Consumers, European Commission

Richard Youngs
Senior Fellow, Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, Carnegie Europe

Member of the European Parliament (name to be confirmed)

Corina Stratulat
Senior Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre (Moderator)

The results of the study will feed into a panel discussion about the roots of support for right-wing populist parties in France and Germany. What are the consequences of these developments for actors at different levels in the European Union countries? We invite you to join the debate.

Please confirm your participation by replying to Ivanina Valeva:

Please download the study from Tuesday (Oct. 16, 2018) in German, French or English here.

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