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April 23, 2024

NIKOLAUS BLOME, COLUMNIST FOR DER SPIEGEL, HAS A GLOOMY VIEW OF THE FUTURE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

Nikolas Blome argues that Europhobes, though incapable of governing, still possess the ability to disrupt government functionality. Pro-European parties must transcend traditional left-right divides on issues like climate, social welfare, and the economy to navigate parliamentary challenges, exacerbated by the AfD's strategy of exploiting voter frustration to erode support for European Parliament elections, potentially leading to apathetic majorities devoid of historical consciousness, a tragic scenario that could undermine the very essence of the electoral process.
April 20, 2024

AUTHORITARIAN POPULISM: WHERE DO THE DANGERS LIE?

The Index of Authoritarian Populism, compiled by TIMBRO and EPICENTER, reveals a significant increase in support for populist forces since the 1950s, with concerns raised about potential shifts towards totalitarianism and their economic impact, particularly evident in Hungary. Despite varying levels of support across EU countries, authoritarian populist parties exert significant influence across the continent, prompting calls for a sober assessment of the rule of law and democracy to safeguard economic progress and individual freedoms.
April 19, 2024

SUPPORT FOR AUTHORITARIAN PARTIES IN EUROPE IS 26.9% IN 2023

The Authoritarian Populism Index for 2024, published by TIMBRO and EPICENTER, reveals a steady rise in support for authoritarian parties in Europe, reaching an all-time high of 26.9% in 2023, with concerns raised about the erosion of democracy and human rights by populist governments and their detrimental economic policies. Despite varying levels of support across EU countries, Bulgaria stands out with significant growth in populist party votes over the past decade, particularly highlighted by the emergence of Vazrazhdane, indicating a trend contrary to the overall European pattern.
April 19, 2024

BULGARIA’S POLITICAL LANDSCAPE IN 2023: POPULIST PARTIES BELOW 20% SUPPORT

The Authoritarian Populism Index 2024, published by Timbro and EPICENTER and presented in Bulgaria by the Institute for Market Economics, provides insights into Europe's political landscape, with Bulgaria offering a distinct pattern as support for populist parties dropped below 20% in 2023, contrary to the continental trend. While countries like Hungary, Italy, and France exhibit significant backing for populist factions, Bulgaria's political sphere shows a shift with the rise of the Revival party, signaling evolving dynamics despite relatively low overall support for populist parties.
April 18, 2024

BULGARIA AMONGST MOST SCEPTICAL COUNTRIES OF POPULISM IN EUROPE

The recent authoritarianism report highlights Hungary, Italy, France, Greece, and Poland as the leading populist-supporting countries, with Bulgaria showing lower support at under 20%, attributed to rising concerns about migration. Populism is increasingly prevalent across Europe, notably in Hungary and Poland, where it has become a norm, with at least one of the top three parties in each country being populist.
April 17, 2024

GREECE’S PERSISTENT POPULIST AND AUTHORITARIAN PARTY SUPPORT DEFIES DECLINE: INSIGHTS FROM THE 2024 AUTHORITARIAN POPULISM INDEX

Greece maintains its high ranking in support for populist and authoritarian parties, despite a notable 11-percentage-point decrease in such support from 2015 to 2023, according to the Authoritarian Populism Index published ahead of the 2024 European elections by the Swedish research institute Timbro, with support from the pan-European Network EPICENTER and the ATLAS Network, and presented in Greece by the Center for Liberal Studies.
April 17, 2024

GREECE MAINTAINS FOURTH SPOT IN EUROPEAN AUTHORITARIAN POPULISM INDEX DESPITE DECREASED BACKING

Despite a notable 11-percentage-point decrease in support for populist and authoritarian parties in Greece from 2015 to 2023, the country still ranks fourth among 31 European nations in the Authoritarian Populism Index, with 44.3% electoral backing for such parties; left-wing populist and authoritarian parties lead in Greece with 31.5% support, while right-wing counterparts stand at 12.8%, reflecting a broader trend across Europe where one in three citizens supports such parties, with slight increases in northern European countries and slight declines in left-wing parties across the EU.
April 17, 2024

GREEK POSITION UNCHANGED: FOURTH IN EUROPEAN AUTHORITARIAN POPULISM INDEX DESPITE SUPPORT DECLINE

Despite a notable 11-percentage-point decrease in support for populist and authoritarian parties in Greece from 2015 to 2023, the country still ranks fourth among 31 European nations in the Authoritarian Populism Index, with 44.3% electoral backing for such parties; left-wing populist and authoritarian parties lead in Greece with 31.5% support, while right-wing counterparts stand at 12.8%, reflecting a broader trend across Europe where one in three citizens supports such parties, with slight increases in northern European countries and slight declines in left-wing parties across the EU.
April 17, 2024

DESPITE DROP IN SUPPORT, GREECE HOLDS FIRM AT FOURTH IN EUROPEAN AUTHORITARIAN POPULISM INDEX

Despite a notable 11-percentage-point decrease in support for populist and authoritarian parties in Greece from 2015 to 2023, the country still ranks fourth among 31 European nations in the Authoritarian Populism Index, with 44.3% electoral backing for such parties; left-wing populist and authoritarian parties lead in Greece with 31.5% support, while right-wing counterparts stand at 12.8%, reflecting a broader trend across Europe where one in three citizens supports such parties, with slight increases in northern European countries and slight declines in left-wing parties across the EU.

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EPICENTER publications and contributions from our member think tanks are designed to promote the discussion of economic issues and the role of markets in solving economic and social problems. As with all EPICENTER publications, the views expressed here are those of the author and not EPICENTER or its member think tanks (which have no corporate view).