Populism Isn’t Always Xenophobic. Just Ask Ontario’s Premier.
Doug Ford is challenging conventional wisdom by utilizing a more inclusive and malleable brand of populism. And it’s working for him.
Japan Radically Increased Immigration—and No One Protested
To cope with demographic challenges and labor shortages, Japan’s right-wing government has boosted immigration. How did it avoid the political backlash plaguing the West?
Italy’s Politicians Are Making the Coronavirus Crisis Worse
Squabbling leaders, publicity-seeking scientists, and late containment efforts show that authoritarian regimes aren’t the only ones mismanaging public health crises.
The West’s Obsession With Border Security Is Breeding Instability
In the name of fighting illegal immigration, the EU, the United States, and Australia are emboldening authoritarian regimes, fueling abuses and corruption, and stoking intolerance at home.
South Africans Are Used to Being the Targets of Racist Hatred. Now They’ve Become the Haters.
The ANC government must acknowledge that xenophobic violence is a hate crime and a betrayal of the African allies that aided it during the darkest days of apartheid.
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.
Spain’s Vox Party Hates Muslims—Except the Ones Who Fund It
The upstart far-right party is unapologetically Islamophobic, but without donations from Iranian exiles, it may have never gotten off the ground.
There’s One Far-Right Movement That Hates the Kremlin
Ukraine’s Azov movement is hostile to Russia, friendly to neo-Nazis, and inspired by France’s new right. It’s not running in Ukraine’s presidential elections because it plans to win power by playing a long game.
Why Benjamin Netanyahu Loves the European Far-Right
Recent spats aside, Israel’s right-wing government sees the illiberal nationalist leaders of Poland and Hungary as natural allies. They share a hostility toward human rights, Enlightenment values, and the European Union.
Saving European Democracy Starts at Home
If French President Emmanuel Macron is serious about pushing back against xenophobic populists, he needs to revamp his own legislative agenda.
Viktor Orban Is Just Getting Started
Hungary’s leader used fearmongering propaganda to win. As he entrenches his power, the country’s democratic backsliding will get even worse.
The New Dutch Disease Is White Nationalism
An upstart far-right party in the Netherlands threatens to entrench xenophobia in one of Europe’s most progressive countries.