One candidate contestant? for President of the U.S., Mr. Trump, has taken a lesson from extreme right-wing groups in Europe, it seems. He has successfully villainized refugees and illegal immigrants by fostering blame, fear, and hate among his followers. A recipe that works well in many European states. From Greece to Germany and Switzerland to Sweden, far-right protestors and parties have stormed the mainstream of European politics as voters rebel against the influx of refugees and Muslims. The Attacks in Paris and in Brussels have further given wind to the sails of these groups. Poland has closed its borders to refugees. Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) took a third of the votes in local elections in 2015. France’s controversial Front National came within a whisker of winning control over swathes of the country, and Germany’s PEGIDA movement has culminated in an earth-shattering success of the new party “Alternative für Deutschland” (AfD) in three state elections early 2016.
Can Europe avoid a massive shift to the far-right? What are the EU's answers to the ongoing refugee crisis? Will the current primary election season in the U.S., which has been called one of the ugliest in recent memory, have any lasting impact on U.S. democracy?
Please join FES and Goethe Institut for a discussion with
- Mr. Charles Lanes, Washington Post (Moderator)
- Dr. Heidi Beirich, Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery
- Dr. Sophie Heine, Egmont Institute, Brussels
- Prof. Michael Minkenberg, Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder
- Prof. Thomas Grumke, University of Applied Sciences for Public Admin. & Management, NRW
Opening Remarks and Thematic Introduction by Wilfried Eckstein (Goethe Institut) and Dr. Ralf Melzer (FES).
The discussion will be followed by a light reception.
Thursday, May 19th at 6:30 PM
@ Goethe-Institut - 1990 K St. NW, Suite 03 Map