Matthew Goodwin

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Extreme Right, Anti-Europe Parties Likely to Make Gains in EU Elections

By Matthew Goodwin
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Far right and Euroskeptic parties have long struggled to establish the unity required to form a significant bloc in the European Parliament. Unlike during previous European elections, however, the consensus today is that these radical outsiders look set to enjoy record gains in next year’s voting. This has concerned elites, who have warned about a discourse promoting nationalism, protectionism and xenophobia. more

Support for Counter-Jihad Groups Rising in Europe

By Matthew Goodwin
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While it is tempting to view Europe’s newest anti-Muslim groups as isolated and largely insignificant, their recent emergence reflects how the radical right in Europe has spawned a new generation of activists whose grievances are complicated and difficult to address. Recent research challenges assumptions about who makes up these groups, which may have more political staying power than is commonly thought. more

Europe and the Ongoing Challenge of Right-Wing Extremism

By Matthew Goodwin
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Though Europe has consistently struggled to escape fully from the shadows of fascism and far-right politics, the landscape of postwar European politics has never truly been “far-right free.” Far from being ephemeral, the far right in postwar Europe has proved to be remarkably resilient. So much so that, today, it could be argued that at no point during the entire postwar era has the challenge from this political tradition appeared so pressing. more