Chatham House: Independent thinking on international affairs

Understanding and Dealing with Populist Extremism in Europe

This project analyses the drivers behind the rise in extremist parties in individual European states, regions and cities.

Working with a number of European partners, this project involves a series of workshops which offer an opportunity to explore the phenomenon from a range of different national perspectives and discuss cross-cutting trends and policy responses.

A report by Dr Matthew Goodwin, The Right Response: Understanding and Countering Populist Extremism in Europe (2011), argues that populist extremist parties present one of the most pressing challenges to democracies in Europe, and that mainstream parties must rethink their approach to populist extremism. 

The Roots of Extremism: The English Defence League and the Counter-Jihad Challenge (2013) challenges the assumptions about the natural supporters of 'counter-Jihad' groups, by drawing on new data about the English Defence League.

Featured Publications

The Roots of Extremism: The English Defence League and the Counter-Jihad Challenge
Briefing Paper
Matthew Goodwin, March 2013

The Right Response: Understanding and Countering Populist Extremism in Europe
Chatham House Report
Matthew Goodwin, September 2011

Further Resources

UKIP Will Deliver a Sting: But Not This Year
The Guardian, Matthew Goodwin, April 2013 

Europe at the Extremes? Public Concerns and the Generational Divide
Expert Comment, Matthew Goodwin, September 2012

We Must Respond to to the Far Right's Web Threat
The Guardian, Matthew Goodwin, August 2012

Elections in France and Greece: Test for the Far Right
Expert Comment, Matthew Goodwin, June 2012

Is it Time to Ban Far Right Extremists?
Channel 4 News online, Matthew Goodwin, June 2012 

Why the Eurozone Crisis doesn't Spell a Return to the Well of Nazism
The Guardian, Matthew Goodwin, May 2012

'Lack of Knowledge' on Right Wing Extremism
BBC Today Programme, Matthew Goodwin, February 2012

The Threat of Far Right Extremism Warrants more than Lip Service
The Guardian, Matthew Goodwin, February 2012

Challenging the Rise of Populist Extremism
European Voice, Matthew Goodwin, September 2011 

Guardian Focus podcast: Examining the British Far Right
The Guardian, with Matthew Goodwin, July 2011

Norway attacks: We Can no Longer Ignore the Far Right Threat
The Guardian, Matthew Goodwin, July 2011

The Far Right has the Same Violent Intent as al Qaeda
The Times, Matthew Goodwin, July 2011

Norway Killer: Many within Far Right Share Anders Breivik's Ideas
The Daily Telegraph, Matthew Goodwin, July 2011

Events

7 March 2013
Understanding Counter-Jihad Extremism: The Case of the English Defence League

8 March 2012
From Voting to Violence? New Evidence on Far Right Supporters

22 September 2011
Understanding and Countering the Rise of Populist Extremism in Europe
Launch of a Chatham House Report

16 - 17 May 2011
Understanding and Responding to Populist Extremism
Stockholm, Sweden

18 February 2011
Populism and Right-wing Extremism in Eastern Europe
Sofia, Bulgaria

14 - 15 December 2010
The Populist Challenge in Europe - Potentials, Impacts and Responses
Berlin, Germany

12 - 13 October 2010
Understanding and Dealing with the Spread of Populist Extremism in Europe
Chatham House, London

Moore Wilson Digital Agency London