populism

Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini (L) holds a rosary as Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (R) delivers a speech in the Italian Senate in Rome, on Aug. 20.

Italy’s Great Schism

Italian Catholics are deeply divided between traditionalists and supporters of Pope Francis’s liberal vision. Matteo Salvini is seeking to give the Vatican’s detractors a new political home.

An election campaign poster from the far-right Alernative fuer Deutschland (AfD) reads: "We are the people!" in Zehdenick in the federal state of Brandenburg, eastern Germany, on August 28, 2019, ahead of state elections.

Germany’s Far-Right Freedom Fighters

Eastern Germans increasingly claim to have freed themselves from communists, only to have been taken over by another dictatorship: western Germany.

Supporters waving flags during the inaugural AfD election rally in Brandenburg state elections on July 13, 2019 in Cottbus, Germany.

Germany’s Far-Right Is Creeping Ever Closer to Power

Extremists will triumph in this weekend’s regional elections—and Angela Merkel’s party is starting to see their appeal.

Then-London Mayor Boris Johnson holds a brick aloft as he addresses the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, England, on Sept. 30, 2014.

Boris Throws a Brick Through Parliament’s Window

The prime minister’s statement about proroguing the United Kingdom’s legislative assembly.

Syrian children at a tent camp in Sanliurfa, Turkey, on Jan. 9, 2018.

Turkey Can’t Host Syrian Refugees Forever

Voters across the political spectrum have become hostile toward the millions of people who fled Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his opponents are now responding with tough talk on repatriation.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's chief of staff, Dominic Cummings, arrives at Downing Street in central London on Aug. 2.

Can Dominic Cummings Banish Nativist Populism From U.K. Politics?

Boris Johnson's Brexit guru masterminded the Vote Leave campaign, but he despises Nigel Farage and sees a quick Brexit as the best recipe for neutralizing the far-right.

Ekrem Imamoglu, the newly elected mayor of Istanbul, speaks to supporters after taking the mayoral mandate in front of the Istanbul municipality building on June 27.

Love Will Set You Free From Populism

The mayoral election in Istanbul offers the emotional template for defeating authoritarian leaders elsewhere in the world.

Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini delivers a speech holding a rosary during a rally of European nationalists ahead of European elections on May 18, in Milan.

Papa, Don’t Preach

Italy’s far-right deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, is publicly attacking the pope in a battle for the country’s soul.

Nayib Bukele speaks during the closing rally of his campaign in San Salvador on Jan. 26.

El Salvador’s Trump Takes Office

Can Nayib Bukele cozy up to the United States?

U.S. President Donald Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda speak to the media during a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House on June 12.

What Trump Promised Duda

A transcript of the U.S. and Polish leaders’ remarks in the Rose Garden.

Youth members prepare for the visit of the head of the Social Democrats, Mette Frederiksen (displayed on banners), at a meeting celebrating the International Workers' Day in Aalborg, Denmark on May 1.

Did the Left Really Win in Denmark?

The Social Democrats are poised to lead the next government, but after adopting the far-right’s anti-immigration agenda the party isn’t what it used to be.

Supporters wave U.S. flags as they attend the Rally for America event at Marshall University stadium May 24, 2003 in Huntington, West Virginia.

You Can’t Defeat Nationalism, So Stop Trying

There are deep reasons that imagined communities will always be a powerful reality in international politics.

Adam Michnik, a prominent communist-era dissident who is now editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland's leading liberal newspaper, is pictured in his newspaper's office on Feb. 23, 2018 in Warsaw.

Poland’s Government Is Systematically Silencing Opposition Voices

Adam Michnik was a hero of the anti-communist struggle. Now his renowned newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, is under attack from a ruling party that refuses to tolerate dissent.

Former chairman of the Freedom Party FPOe Heinz-Christian Strache gives a press conference in Vienna on May 18, 2019.

Corruption and Collusion Can’t Stop Austria’s Far-Right

Austrian nationalists were caught red-handed in an attempted foreign conspiracy—but the party’s future is as bright as ever.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech at an election rally ahead of Phase VI of India's general election in Allahabad on May 9.

It’s Modi’s India Now

The prime minister returns to power, but after an ugly 2019 election season, the very nature of India’s democracy could be changing.

A song and dance festival in Estonia in 2011.

Estonia’s Natural Experiment in Fighting Right-Wing Populism

Two models have emerged for dealing with a new nationalist government—but it’s not clear which will prove more effective.

An old billboard displaying a U.S. flag stands on the United States’ side of the U.S.-Mexico border in California on April 3.

The Age of Nostalgia

Liberals shouldn’t leave emotion to the right-wing populists.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema addresses the crowd during the final EFF presidential election campaign rally at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg, on May 5.

South Africa’s ANC Can’t Take Black Voters for Granted Anymore

The African National Congress won again in South Africa, but a new generation identifies the party more with corruption than liberation and is seeking solutions through protests and lawsuits rather than at the ballot box.

Sebastian Kurz arrives at the Mozarteum University to attend a plenary session part of the EU Informal Summit of Heads of State or Government in Salzburg, Austria, on Sept. 20, 2018.

Conservatism’s Wunderkind Is Getting Swallowed by the Far-Right

Austria’s chancellor made a deal with populists, and it’s not going according to plan.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, during a ceremony marking the 96th anniversary of Victory Day, commemorating a decisive battle in the Turkish War of Independence, in Ankara, on Aug. 30, 2018.

Erdogan Just Committed Political Suicide

By overturning an election in Istanbul, he may have triggered a Turkish Spring.

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