Trouble on the Far Right

National Strategies and Local Practices Challenging Europe

Edited by Maik Fielitz and Laura Lotte Laloire

Transcript-Verlag

Trouble on the Far Right

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Pub Date: February 2017

ISBN: 9783837637205

208 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Trouble on the Far Right

National Strategies and Local Practices Challenging Europe

Edited by Maik Fielitz and Laura Lotte Laloire

Transcript-Verlag

Europe is in trouble as right-wing motivated attacks have become a regular occurrence. Their targets span from religious minorities, such as Muslims and Jews, and ethnic minorities, such as Roma, to participants of LGBTQ1 parades, civil society protagonists and sometimes even representatives of the political order. At the same time, a xenophobic discourse, especially against migrants and refugees, has gained momentum among European publics, further blurring the lines between far-right agitation and mainstream politics. Likewise, far-right actors have become increasingly influential at various levels: political parties in Austria, France and Slovakia have achieved electoral successes. Movement organizations in Germany and Italy have mobilized thousands of people onto the streets. In Finland and Great Britain, vigilante and terrorist groups have been waging an armed struggle. Last, but not least, 'illiberal models of democracy' in Poland and Hungary demonstrate the far right's capacity to transform entire political systems.

By taking a close look at contemporary practices and strategies of far-right actors, the present volume explores this right-ward shift of European publics and politics. It assembles analyses of changing mobilization patterns and their effects on the local, national and transnational level. International experts, among them Tamir Bar-On, Liz Fekete, Matthew Kott, and Graham Macklin, scrutinize new forms of coalition building, mainstreaming and transnationalization tendencies as aspects of diversified far-right politics in Europe.

...To Begin With
Trouble on the Far Right – Introductory Remarks (Maik Fielitz and Laura Lotte Laloire)
Europe's Far Right in Flux (Liz Fekete)
...At the Ballot Box
No One-Trick Ponies – The Multifaceted Appeal of the Populist Radical Right (Stijn van Kessel)
The Far Right in Austria – Small on the Streets, Big in Parliament (Bernhard Weidinger)
The Turning Fortunes of Romania's Far Right – The Rise and Fall of Greater Romania Party (Mihnea-Simion Stoica)
Svoboda and the Restructuring of Ukrainian Nationalism (Mathias Schmidt)
...On The Street
Don't Call Me Right! The Strategy of Normalization in German Right-Wing Extremism (Holger Marcks)
On Patrol with the New German Vigilantes (Oliver Saal)
CasaPound Italia – The Fascist Hybrid (Heiko Koch)
Who are 'They'? Continuities and Changes in the Discourse of CasaPound Italia on Migration and Otherness (Caterina Froio)
What's in the Mind of the Neo-Nazi Next Door? A Personal Reflection on the Rise and Persistence of Golden Dawn in Greece (Angélique Kourounis)
...Over Cultural Hegemony
Preparing for (Intellectual) Civil War – The New Right in Austria and Germany (Natascha Strobl and Julian Bruns)
The Strategy of the French Identitaires – Entering Politics through the Media (Samuel Bouron)
Arguing with the Nouvelle Droite – Substantive Debate, Partisan Polemics or Truth-Seeking? (Tamir Bar-On)
Black Sheep in a Far-Right Zoo? Fethullah Gülen's Strategy of 'Non-Violence' (Laura Lotte Laloire)
Women and their Rights in the Nationalists' Strategies – Abortion as a Contentious Issue in the Polish 'Culture War' (Halina Gąsiorowska)
...Underground
A Warfare Mindset – Right-Wing Extremism and 'Counter-State Terror' as a Threat for Western Democracies (Daniel Koehler)
Right-Wing Terrorism and Hate Crime in the UK: A Historical Perspective (Alex Carter)
...Within
Patterns of Far-Right and Anti-Muslim Mobilization in the United Kingdom (Graham Macklin)
But – Where Do These People Come From? The (Re)Emergence of Radical Nationalism in Finland (Oula Silvennoinen)
The Far Right in Latvia – Should We Be Worried? (Matthew Kott)
The Achilles' Heel of Bulgaria's Patriotic Front (Yordan Kutiyski)
The Changing Faces of Neo-Nazism – Militant Far-Right Activism in Greece (Maik Fielitz)

About the Author

Maik Fielitz is a Ph.D Candidate at the Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders" and is associated to the Chair of International Relations and Theories of Global Orders at Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, Germany. He has published multiple articles on the rise of the extreme right party Golden Dawn in Greece.

Laura Lotte Laloire is a master's student of international studies/peace and conflict studies at Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, Germany. She works as a student assistant at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt and as a freelance journalist.