Islamabad Paper – “The Emergence of New Populism in Europe: Future of the EU Block”

Abstract

The society of Europe is being dangerously polarized. It is promoting pathologically political and religious phenomenon of populism. The populists are seen as largely democratic and positive sources of influence by some, while others consider them as an irrational mass movement. They are a cause of introducing instability, since populism questions the participative and transparent democracy as a political system. Moreover, the radical rights have been vitally able to seize a significant place in the elections held in Europe from 2014-2017.The governing coalitions have also been maintained by the radical rights in several countries.  The case of Freedom Party in the Netherlands, Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) and National Rally of Marie Le Pen in France, all are evident reflections on the rise of populism in Europe. In the midst of economic crisis, the issues of security and migration, the national identity issues and unpopular European decisions are assorted to encourage the reason. The attitude, or maybe the rhetoric, is designed to protect susceptible people from the affect of cutthroat bourgeois policies of the market. The populists generate simplistic and demagogical solutions. However, a mosaic of nations and their perceived traditions is idealized, instead of an integrated commonwealth or a supranational political system. Europe is looking to show more sympathy with the notions of identity driving origin from the tribal society. The lofty ideals of regional integration or globalization are rejected to make world-wide confrontation frighteningly evident.

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