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Civil society groups seek new tools to tackle populism

European civil society organisations are exploring ways to address the mounting pressure on them, clarify their role and empower themselves to tackle future social challe

Elections 31-05-2017

Austrian Socialists on verge of breaking far-right coalition taboo

The Austrian Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) is on the verge of breaking a long-standing taboo on forming political alliances with the far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ). EURACTIV Germany reports.

Economy & Jobs 17-05-2017

Immigration boosts Germany’s economy

Fear and anger aren't just election-winning tools in the United States. In Germany too, the increasing popularity of right-wing parties shows that fears about crime and job losses as a result of immigration are finding fertile ground. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Elections 01-03-2017

Europe’s right in free fall as socialists surge

Marine Le Pen and the German far-right are suddenly losing votes but it remains to be seen how long the strong socialist rise led by Martin Schulz and Benoît Hamon will continue. EURACTIV’s partner Treffpunkteuropa reports.

Elections 01-03-2017

EU lawmakers vote to strip Le Pen of immunity over graphic tweets

European Union lawmakers voted yesterday (28 February) to lift the EU parliamentary immunity of French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen for tweeting pictures of Islamic State violence.

Global Europe 20-02-2017

Trump comment about immigration ‘problems’ baffles Sweden

President Donald Trump's suggestion that Sweden experienced an immigration-related security incident prompted a baffled response from the Scandinavian country on Sunday (19 February) as diplomats asked for an explanation and citizens responded with amusement.

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Elections 13-02-2017

Wilders says others will soon forget pledge not to work with him

Anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert Wilders said on Sunday (12 February) that promises by other parties not to work with him would be quickly forgotten if, as expected, his far-right Party of Freedom gets more than 30 parliamentary seats in next month's election.

Digital 07-02-2017

Civic tech guru: Trump, Breitbart and populism are ‘the new normal’

The election of Donald Trump in the United States, helped by the far-right opinion news site Breitbart, is not a one-off event, says Victor Fleurot, a communication expert and self-proclaimed "visual activist", in an interview with Euractiv.com.

Elections 27-01-2017

Normalising hate politics, a guide by the AfD

Germany’s far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party has risen in popularity but for certain branches of the movement parliamentary politics don’t actually matter, as they want to bring down the establishment, not join it, explains Paul Simon.

Elections 26-01-2017

Austrian president finally takes office as government teeters

Alexander Van der Bellen, who beat the far-right candidate in a presidential election thriller last year, was sworn in today (26 January) just as speculation raged about the future of the government.

Outrage over German populist’s call to end Nazi guilt

A leading member of German right-wing populist party Alternative für Deutschland sparked an outcry Wednesday (18 January) by criticising the Holocaust memorial in Berlin and calling for the country to stop atoning for its Nazi past.

Top German court refuses to ban neo-Nazi party

Germany's Constitutional Court today (17 January) said the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) resembled Adolf Hitler's Nazi party but ruled against banning it because it presented no threat to democracy.

Public Affairs 06-01-2017

Syriza minister: Tajani represents the austerity establishment

Austerity widens social and economic disparities at the expense of the majority of people. EPP candidate for European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, has always been a representative of the austerity establishment, Panagiotis Kouroumplis said in an interview with EURACTIV.com.

Swiss parliament errs on side of caution in EU immigration dispute

Switzerland approved a law today (16 December) aimed at curbing immigration by giving local people the first crack at open jobs, skirting voter demands for outright quotas that the country's lawmakers feared could disrupt close ties with the European Union.

Elections 28-11-2016

Right-wing Fillon wins French presidential primary

François Fillon, a conservative reformist promising to shrink the French state, on Sunday  (27 November) clinched the rightwing nomination for next year's presidential election with a resounding victory over his rival Alain Juppé.

Elections 14-11-2016

Will Austrian presidential election be hit by the ‘Trump effect’?

Will the political situation in the United States have an impact on European elections? Austria's rerun of its presidential election could well provide the first acid test, ahead of crucial votes in France and Germany next year. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Merkel shuns CSU conference for first time

Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partner, the CSU, has closed ranks with Austria at its party conference, particularly when it comes to refugee policy, as integration concerns increase. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Strache: ‘Most dangerous woman in Europe’ Merkel has made civil war ‘not unlikely’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has faced renewed criticism from the leader of the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ), Heinz-Christian Strache, who has once again tried to drum up support through angry and exaggerated rhetoric.  EURACTIV Germany reports.

Future EU 15-09-2016

Should we refortify or reinvigorate Europe?

As Europe begins to think in earnest about life after the UK, the future of the EU remains very much obscured. In the week leading up to the Bratislava summit, a number of think tanks have outlined what they think the historic meeting will bring, continuing with Thomas Henökl and Niels Keijzer.

Euro & Finance 15-09-2016

Stiglitz: The ‘easiest way would be for Germany to leave Europe’

Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics, has blasted Germany's austerity measures and the management of the eurozone. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Brexit 07-09-2016

The Somme, Verdun and Brexit

Brexit was the point at which two narratives about 20th century European history collided. The 21st century has seen Europe begin to turn once again toward nationalism. Fritz Groothues warns there is much to be done to reverse this trend.

Elections 06-09-2016

Schäuble teases massive tax cuts for late 2017

Germany has scope to cut taxes by around €15 billion after the country’s federal election in September 2017 despite increased spending on migrants, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said today (6 September).

German women more anti-Muslim than men

German concerns about the country’s Muslim population are growing, especially among women. Researcher Daniela Krause spoke to EURACTIV Germany about the issue, the anti-Muslim course of the AfD party and possible ways to reverse the trend.

Global Europe 09-08-2016

Democrats ‘extremely worried’ about transatlantic ties under Trump

Democratic Party officials have expressed deep concerns about the future of EU-US relations in the event that Donald Trump wins the next American elections, sources from the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group in the European Parliament told EURACTIV.com.