Populist and Eurosceptic movements from across the political spectrum have enjoyed growing support in recent years. Heated debates on the current refugee crisis show: Emotions and prejudices often drown out the analysis of actual facts about the EU. Against this background the Institute for European Politics (IEP), in cooperation with Das Progressive Zentrum and funded by the Stiftung Mercator, has designed the project “TruLies: The Truth about Lies about Europe”. The aim of the project is to contribute to making discussions in Germany of European policy more rational and objective.
New Publication: Factsheet Asylum Abuse English Showcase Example for the "TruLies" project
Alexander Gauland, Vice-Chair of the right-wing populist party “Alternative für Deutschland”, claims that the migration agenda adopted by the EU Commission on 13 May 2015 equates to the creation of a ‘Europe-wide resettlement program’. This factsheet investigates whether there is truth to such an assertion.
Hungary is commonly portrayed as one of the most Eurosceptic countries in the European Union. Paradoxically, however, the Hungarian public has by and large a positive image of the EU. How can this be explained? And how is the current refugee crisis affecting the EU-Hungarian relations?
Similarly to trends across Europe, populism and radical right-wing politics have become an inextricable part of the political landscape in Bulgaria. Yet, some characteristics render the Bulgarian case unique and highlight the rather different underpinnings compared to, on the surface, similar political phenomena in the East and the West.
In the context of the current refugee crisis the relationship between the Eastern and Western EU member states has become strained. In her contribution, Maria Skóra analyzes Central and Eastern European reactions to the refugee crisis. As conservative nationalism spiced with right-wing populism is on the rise in Central-Eastern Europe, the prospects for coordinated European immigration policies look very grim, indeed.
The evening of the 16th of November 2015 saw the official launch of “TruLies Europe”, a joint project of the Institute for European Politics (IEP) and Das Progressive Zentrum. In the Berlin offices of the Stiftung Mercator, the project’s patron, the Minister of State for Europe in the German Federal Foreign Office, Michael Roth MdB, held a keynote address for some 100 invited guests. His speech was made in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Paris.
On the 10th of November Claudia Chwalisz’s book “The Populist Signal” was presented and discussed in the offices of Das Progressive Zentrum. The event took place in the context of the “TruLies: The Truth about Lies about Europe” project. Claudia Chwalisz advocates that democratic innovation as the answer to growing populism.