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Europe’s Reluctant Radicals: Greece and the Netherlands

Today Counterpoint launches two new pamphlets on populism – in Greece and in the Netherlands – as part of the “Recapturing Europe’s Reluctant Radicals” project, supported by the Open Society Foundations. This second phase of the project aims to draw an in-depth picture of how populism emerges in specific country contexts and this launch marks the beginning of the release of a series of ten expert written country pamphlets exploring populism across Europe.

The launch will take place at the Palace of Westminster this evening. The pamphlets can be freely downloaded below.

National Populism and Xenophobia in Greece, by Aristos Doxiadis and Manos Matsaganis

Download pamphlet here

The Roots of Contemporary Populism in the Netherlands, by Yvonne Zonderop

 Download pamphlet here

To launch the pamphlets, Counterpoint is delighted to organise an event with Tristram Hunt MP on populism and extremism in Greece, the Netherlands and the UK. The event will take place on January 21st from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Committee Room Six, in the Palace of Westminster. Access is through the main St. Stephens Entrance, by the palace.

The panel includes:

Aristos Doxiadis and Manos Matsaganis, authors of National Populism and Xenophobia in Greece; Aristos is a business economist and venture capital professional; Manos teaches public economics and social policy at the Athens University of Economics and Business.

Yvonne Zonderop, author of The roots of contemporary populism in the Netherlands; Dutch journalist and former economics editor of The Volkskrant.

Sunder Katwala, director of British Future

Catherine Fieschi, director of Counterpoint

Tristram Hunt MP will chair the event.

Given Golden Dawn’s recent electoral growth in Greece and Geert Wilders’ rise and fall in the Netherlands, it is important to understand the factors that contribute to the success of populist parties and extremist movements. The current European crisis is not the only explanation for their success. National mind-sets, histories and cultural patterns play a crucial part. The panellists will discuss the role that these have played in Greece and the Netherlands, in perspective to the UK.

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