'A Partner for Russia': Europe's Far Right Flirts with Moscow

'A Partner for Russia': Europe's Far Right Flirts with Moscow

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 14, 2014

Right-wing populists stand to gain seats in the approaching European Parliament elections -- which is good news for Moscow. Russia and the European right have been courting each other recently as mainstream Brussels has kept Moscow at arm's length. By Charles Hawley in Brussels more... Comment ]

Tight on the Right: Germany's NPD Maintains Close Ties to Svoboda

Tight on the Right: Germany's NPD Maintains Close Ties to Svoboda

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 17, 2014

Germany shuns the right-wing extremist party NPD at home. But even though the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda maintains tight links to the NPD, it has received indirect support from Berlin. By Steffen Winter more... Comment ]

Right-Wing Extremism: Germany's New Islamophobia Boom

Right-Wing Extremism: Germany's New Islamophobia Boom

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 05, 2014

Across Germany, right-wing organizations are using anti-Islam rhetoric to further their ideas -- and finding a receptive audience. Now legal experts are debating whether it's time for a new kind of hate-crime legislation. By SPIEGEL Staff more...

The Swiss Virus: Europe Gripped by Immigration Worries

The Swiss Virus: Europe Gripped by Immigration Worries

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2014

The Swiss aren't the only ones in Europe deeply concerned about immigration. Many across the Continent would also like to see limits placed on newcomers from elsewhere in the EU. Europe must remain firm, but right-wing populists stand to benefit. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Swiss Populist Leader Blocher: 'We Are a Sovereign Country'

Swiss Populist Leader Blocher: 'We Are a Sovereign Country'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2014

In a SPIEGEL interview, Christoph Blocher, the leader of the right-wing populist Swiss People's Party discusses the success of his recent campaign in a referendum against "mass migration" and Switzerland's future relationship with the EU. Interview Conducted by Björn Hengst and Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

Right-Wing Makeover: The Spindoctor Behind the New Front National

Right-Wing Makeover: The Spindoctor Behind the New Front National

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2014

France's right-wing populist party Front National stands to make significant advances in upcoming local elections and in the European vote in May. One reason for its current success is 32-year-old chief strategist Florian Philippot. By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

Right-Wing Provocation: Russian and German Populists Meet

Right-Wing Provocation: Russian and German Populists Meet

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2013

Over the weekend, a meeting of right-wing populists brought anti-immigrant activists and homophobes together in a jamboree of "family values." Some 500 protesters voiced their opposition to a speech by one of the women behind Russia's recent anti-gay law. By Annette Langer more... Comment ]

Politically Fractured: Populists Fail To Shift EU Balance

Politically Fractured: Populists Fail To Shift EU Balance

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2013

Far-right populists are expected to make significant gains in elections for the European Parliament this spring, but the only existing populist group in the body shows these parties can shout as loud as they want but are unlikely to have much influence. By Christopher Alessi in Brussels more... Comment ]

Euroskeptic Union: Right-Wing Populists Forge EU Alliance

Euroskeptic Union: Right-Wing Populists Forge EU Alliance

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2013

Right-wing populists are trying to create a powerful faction in the European Parliament. Leading the efforts are Geert Wilders from the Netherlands and Marine le Pen of France -- and their initiative has big implications for Europe. By Christina Hebel and Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]

Democratic Deficit: Is Germany's Parliamentary Hurdle Obsolete?

Democratic Deficit: Is Germany's Parliamentary Hurdle Obsolete?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 04, 2013

Last month's election saw nearly 7 million Germans voting for parties that ultimately fell short of the 5 percent hurdle required to win seats in parliament. Political scientists are arguing for the threshold to be lowered or eliminated to ensure democratic legitimacy. By Melanie Amann, Thomas Darnstädt and Dietmar Hipp more... Comment ]