The Rise of the Far Right Across Europe
Julia Ebner, Research Fellow, Institute for Strategic Dialogue
Professor Matthew Goodwin, Visiting Senior Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House
Dr Ian Klinke, Associate Professor in Human Geography, University of Oxford
Chair: Lizzie Dearden, Home Affairs Correspondent, The Independent
The early 21st century has witnessed a rise in Islamist radicalization and a concurrent rise in far right extremism. As decentralized networks of sympathetic groups and political parties such as the European Counter-Jihad Movement (ECJM) foster a veneer of plausibility around far-right rhetoric and tap into popular concerns about immigration, terrorism and the economy, the likelihood of violent confrontation, xenophobia and extremism across Europe is increasing.
Our panel will map the origins of the far right movements across Europe. What kind of interaction is happening between the 'new' far right and Islamist extremists? How is the far right movement’s activism shifting from the virtual into the physical world? What is the history and intellectual background of these converging movements and what effect will the new far right have on mainstream political debate over coming years?