A German Europe (Saksa Euroopa?) – opinion piece in the Estonian newspaper Postimees

A German Europe? (Saksa Euroopa?) – my comment for the Estonian newspaper Postimees, 7th August 2015, p. 13: http://pluss.postimees.ee/3285709/florian-hartleb-saksa-euroopa Latest with the EU-Greece crisis summit this July, a debate around a new German Europe has started. It seems even that the expression is currently on everyone’s lips. Anti-German sentiment that has been simmering in Greece […]

Opinion piece (“How the Greek drama is changing Europe”) on handelsblatt.com

How the Greek drama is changing Europe  My opinion piece for handelsblatt.com on 15th July 2015 GASTBEITRAG ZUR SCHULDENKRISE Wie das Griechenland-Drama Europa verändert Bei den zähen Griechenland-Gesprächen haben die europäischen und nationalen Eliten an Glaubwürdigkeit eingebüßt. Zu krass sind sie im Dickicht eigener Widersprüche verheddert. Ist Europa noch zu helfen? Ein Kommentar. Nach Einigung […]

Opinion piece in handelsblatt.com (“The demagogue lessons”) about the Greek government

Opinion piece for handelsblatt.com (1st July 2015) Ein Lehrstück für Demagogie Europa ist in Gefahr: Griechische Linkspopulisten bedrohen den Integrationsprozess. Tsipras und Varoufakis gelingt es, Europas Politiker reihenweise vorzuführen. Wie kann das sein? Gastbeitrag eines Populismusforschers. http://www.handelsblatt.com/politik/international/gastbeitrag-zu-tsipras-und-varoufakis-ein-lehrstueck-fuer-demagogie/11993484.html

Guest article in Wiener Zeitung about the Greek government

I have published a guest comment in Wiener Zeitung (Austria), 1st July about the Greek government. Some statements: – Left-wing populism is bringing the whole Europe and its institutional structure in danger. – Tsipras and Varoufakis have many similarities with the radical right. – Direct democracy is just a demagogic placebo. – The European elites […]

The consequences of virtual activism in European politics

Historically, Europe’s political parties have relied on an active membership to achieve and maintain influence. However, with the rise of professional communications management, political parties must increasingly seek influence and relevance through other means. Florian Hartleb looks at the emergence of ‘virtual politics’ in Europe and finds that social media and online engagement offer new opportunities […]

Statement in Radio Sweden about Right-wing populism in Europe

Florian Hartleb says the EU elections always give alternative parties a better chance. “European elections are still ‘second’ elections with very little turnout”, he told Radio Sweden, “Outsider parties or anti-establishment parties like the Pirate Party in the last election, have much more opportunities than in the national election.” And the right-wing populist parties are likely […]

Statement in Deutsche Welle about right-wing extremism in Europe

Florian Hartleb said that middle-class citizens in prosperous countries are afraid of losing their status. Hartleb attributed the trend to what he called “prosperity jingoism,” and said that’s the reason mostly middle-class people tend to vote right. But Hartleb also indicated that despite the shooting rampage of right-wing extremist Anders Breivik last summer, the scene […]

Statement in Washington Times about populism and anti-islamism in Europe

German political scientist Florian Hartleb notes that populist right-wing groups using anti-Islam rhetoric are making gains in European governments, including famously tolerant Scandinavia. He says “multiculturalism has [offered] a certain kind of vision” for Europe over the years.“But there has been a very negative debate on this topic – especially combined with Islamism,” says Mr. […]