populism

An AfD election brochure in Russian and German

Immigrants Are Big Fans of Germany’s Anti-Immigrant Party

The fiercest devotees of the far-right AfD aren’t native Germans but migrants from Russia.

Supporters listen as 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg speaks during a campaign event in Muscatine, Iowa, on Aug. 14, 2019.

The Real Way to Win Iowa and Places Like It

There are plenty of innovative policies to revive rural areas—and trade wars aren’t among them.

Supporters of the Law and Justice party watch the announcement of the results of the Polish parliamentary elections on television screens in Warsaw on Oct. 13.

Poland’s State of the Media

How public television became an outlet for the Law and Justice party—and what it means for democracy.

Gergely Karacsony addresses an audience in Budapest, Hungary, after his victory in the capital city's mayoral election.

Europe’s Populist Governments Have a Problem: Their Capitals

City-level opposition could be the key to defeating populism in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and beyond.

New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh (from left), Green Party leader Elizabeth May, and People's Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier take part in a French-language debate at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec, on Oct. 10.

The Cure for Populism Is Equal Opportunity

Maxime Bernier flopped in Canada because voters still believe everyone has a fair shot.

Maxime Bernier, leader of the People's Party of Canada, poses for a photo during a meeting with the Toronto Star’s editorial board on Sept. 24.

How Maxime Bernier Lost His Seat

Canada’s nationalist People’s Party has run a familiar populist playbook — and ended up a joke.

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It’s Trump’s World Now. What Do We Do About It?

How to fix U.S. democracy, populism, trade, and other pressing issues.

Eva Vázquez illustration for Foreign Policy

The Upside of Populism

The same impulse that brought Trump to power could save U.S. democracy.

Protesters hold a giant Polish national flag during a demonstration against a judicial reform pushed through by the right-wing government but criticised by the EU as a threat to judicial independence on July 24, 2018 in Warsaw.

Poland Is Purging Its Prosecutors

The PiS government is rooting out, relocating, and demoting political critics in the name of judicial reform.

Sebastian Kurz, the leader of the Austrian People’s Party, in Vienna.

If Sebastian Kurz Is Everything, He’s Nothing

The Austrian chancellor could become a star in an unprecedented coalition with the Green party—but that's not the sort of history he's interested in making.

Riot police protect a pride parade amid risks of disruption by far-right opponents in Plock, central Poland, on Aug. 10.

In Poland’s Upcoming Election, the Law and Justice Party Is Demonizing the LGBT Community to Win

The party is likely to win the vote, but it may eventually lose the broader cultural fight.

Participants seen holding flags during the National Rosary

Why Poland’s Populists Keep Winning

PiS won by offering provincial voters social benefits that transformed their lives. If Poland’s opposition wants to defeat the illiberal ruling party, it will have to offer an alternative welfare state model.

A protester with a sticker on his head reading "Vox Now" in reference to the Spanish far-right party Vox takes part in a demonstration in Madrid on Feb. 10.

Digging Up a Dictator Won’t End Spain’s Divisions

The Spanish government just moved a step closer to disinterring the remains of Francisco Franco. But as the country heads for yet another election, a new book shows that voters have other priorities.

Alice Weidel speeks with former Christian Democrat Erika Steinbach during an AfD election campaign event on Sept. 6, 2017 in Pforzheim, Germany.

Germany’s New Ultranationalist Intelligentsia

The far-right is associated with the disaffected masses—but has a growing intellectual class.

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The West Has a Resentment Epidemic

Across the West, the main trigger of populism has been the growing inequality—and hostility—between urban and rural regions.

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.