populism

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.

Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini stands with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban at a press conference following a meeting in Milan on Aug. 28, 2018.

Anti-Europe Parties Aren’t Anti-Europe Anymore

Instead of promising to protect people from the European Union, populists have started promising to make the EU protect the people.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, and French President Emmanuel Macron near the entrance of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris, as flames engulf its roof on April 15, 2019. (Philippe Wojazer/AFP/Getty Images)

Notre Dame Is Setting Macron’s Agenda Ablaze

A national catastrophe is ruining the French president’s plans for a revival.

A Ukrainian voter examines her ballot at a polling station during the first round of the Ukrainian presidential elections in Kiev on March 31. (Sergei Chuzavkov/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images)

FP’s Guide to the Ukrainian Election

Eight things to read ahead of a crucial vote.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu touch the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem on April 1. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

The Christian Coalition That Helped Elect Bolsonaro Has Started to Crumble

The Brazilian president’s visit to Israel, which was meant to rally his evangelical base, has instead revealed his weakness.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev on Feb. 15, 2015. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Petro Poroshenko’s Last-Minute Nationalist Makeover

Ukraine’s president is making a desperate gambit to win re-election—and to remain politically relevant if he loses.

An EU flag with one of the stars symbolically cut out in front of the Houses of Parliament shortly after British Prime Minister Theresa May announced to the House of Commons that Article 50 had been triggered in London on March 29, 2017. (Oli Scharff/AFP/Getty Images)

Brexit Will Never, Ever End

Even if Britain’s opposing parties agree on a plan to leave the EU, national unity will be nowhere in sight.

A protester holds up a poster depicting the Earth as a crying eye during a demonstration in Berlin on March 22. (Christoph Soeder/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Talk to a Populist About Climate Change

Thirty percent of global emissions come from countries led by populist nationalist leaders. Current climate policy approaches are ill-suited for these regimes. Here’s an alternative.

Presidential candidate Zuzana Caputova (C) waits for the first exit polls at her election headquarters during the first round of the presidential elections in Bratislava, Slovakia, on March 16, 2019.

Can Zuzana Caputova Save Slovakia?

A political newcomer is poised to become president by standing up for liberal democratic values—and seeking to halt the spread of right-wing populism across Central and Eastern Europe.

People attend a rally for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev on March 17. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty)

Ukraine’s Poroshenko Paradox

In upcoming elections, the incumbent president may well lose to a man who plays one on TV.

Mourners gather outside the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia after a 28-year-old Australian-born man, Brenton Tarrant, appeared in Christchurch District Court on Saturday charged with murder for killing 49 people at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The attack is the worst mass shooting in New Zealand's history.

The Inspiration for Terrorism in New Zealand Came From France

The gunman who massacred Muslims was inspired by ideas that have circulated for decades on the French far-right.

Jacob Rees-Mogg poses for a photograph in central London on Oct. 18, 2018. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images)

Brexiteers Never Wanted Brexit to Begin With

History will show that the biggest obstacle to Brexit was its most fervent supporters. That’s no accident.

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban and France's President Emmanuel Macron at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria, on Sept. 20, 2018.  (Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images)

The EU’s Next Big Election Is Heading for Disaster

If nationalists keep the momentum in the run-up to the European Parliament elections, the EU will never be the same again.

Former Labour and Conservative MPs Heidi Allen (L), Chuka Umunna (2L), Anna Soubry (3L), Chris Leslie (5L), Mike Gapes (6L), Ann Coffey (C), Luciana Berger (5R) and Angela Smith (3R) of the independent group of MPs are surrounded by pro- and anti-Brexit protesters as they arrive for their inaugural meeting at Institute of civil engineers on February 25, 2019 in London.

The British System Is Stacked Against Breakaway Parties

The Independent Group could influence the direction of Britain's politics, but it won't be by winning large numbers of seats in Parliament.

Alessandro Mahmoud, who goes by Mahmood, on stage during the first night of the 69th Sanremo Music Festival in Sanremo, Italy, on Feb. 5. (Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images)

According to Italy’s Leaders, Rap Music Is Un-Italian

When a rapper named Alessandro Mahmoud won the country’s most prestigious music contest, xenophobic leaders quickly took advantage of his victory to open a new front in the culture war.

Italy's 5-Star Movement party leader Beppe Grillo on May 19, 2014 in Rome.   (Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images)

Comedians Will Soon Rule the World

It’s no accident that a growing number of international comics are running for office—and winning.

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