Our Western democracies are in crises: Voter turnout has declined in almost all European states over the last 30 years, while mistrust in politicians and political institutions has sharply increased. Right-wing populist and anti-democratic forces are part of an increasing number of European governments and are receiving all-time high election results in many other states. Notwithstanding national differences and other explanatory factors, these different developments may be subsumed under the phenomenon of political disaffection.
In the project Countering Populism and Political Disaffection we want to assemble and discuss mid-term to long-term strategies against right-wing populism, which take into account the underlying phenomenon of political disaffection in different European contexts. The overarching aim is to provide fresh ideas and stimuli for political decision-makers. To achieve this, we organise three international roundtables with distinguished experts in the field as well as German and European key stakeholders. In addition, key findings will be published online on the dialogue-platform www.countering-populism.eu (to be launched in January 2017) and in print. In cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for Families, Senior Citizens, Women, and Youth as part of the federal programme Demokratie leben!
Against the grave background of the populist surge and rising disenchantment with democratic politics, Das Progressive Zentrum launched the project Countering Populism and Political Disaffection. The first roundtable (of a total of three) took place on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.
Die jüngsten Wahlergebnisse in Frankreich und Polen zeigen auf dramatische Weise: Rechtspopulismus in Europa ist eine schwerwiegende und zunehmend akute Herausforderung, der wir uns gemeinsam und entschlossen stellen müssen. Deshalb veranstaltete das Progressive Zentrum in Kooperation mit dem Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend (BMFSFJ) am 16. Dezember 2015 einen internationalen Roundtable unter dem Titel „Right-wing Populism and Political Disaffection in Europe”.