Paul Nolte argues that the United States and Europe are, for the first time in a long while, witnessing a strikingly similar political phenomenon of grave importance, namely populism as the “movement of the disaffected”. His analysis was presented at the roundtable “US 2016 Presidential Elections: Insights from the Campaign and Consequences for Europe”, which was jointly organised by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and Das Progressive Zentrum, and which took place on Friday, July 1, 2016.
Resentment of workers from other nations has buoyed right-wing politics on both sides of the Atlantic. Both Trump’s and the Johnson-led Leave campaign in the UK exploited the economic pessimism of the working class.
Farai Chideya asks in her article on FiveThirtyEight: Do we now witness a trans-Atlantic nativist moment?
“If there has been a feedback loop between U.S. and European nativism, it has been in the impression nativists on both sides of the Atlantic got that it’s kicking off everywhere,” said our chair, Dr. Tobias Dürr.
On Friday, July 1, we hosted a roundtable discussion on the US American Presidential Elections. We were delighted to engage in a discussion with Ken Gude (Senior Fellow with the National Security Team, Center for American Progress), Paul Nolte (Professor of Contemporary History, Free University of Berlin), and Barbara Junge (Deputy Editor, taz.die tageszeitung). The roundtable was chaired by Sudha David-Wilp (Deputy Director Berlin Office and Senior Transatlantic Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States).
In his op-ed article for The European Nils Heisterhagen writes: In the face of thriving nationalism, terrorism and upcoming wars Europe and the US need to build a strong alliance – otherwise they will not only harm themselves but one another.
The disclosures of the NSA’s surveillance activities last summer have undermined the trust that has been built in German-American relations over decades. The growing indignation culminated with the revelation that the NSA had even monitored Chancellor Merkel’s cell phone for years. The reactions to the question of how to balance freedom and security were very different on the two sides of the Atlantic: Edward Snowden is seen by many Germans as a whistleblower whose revelations served the public interest, while many Americans regard him as a traitor who put the safety of his country at risk.
Wo die Verfassung als Heilige Schrift gilt
Die Historikerin Jill Lepore ordnet die Tea Party kunstvoll in den Kontext der amerikanischen Geschichte ein.
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