Politics of Nationalism and Violence Challenging Europe

When and Where

Date: May 17, 2014

Time: 2:00pm

Location: CSPS Sokol Hall 3rd Floor

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Join us Sunday, May 17, 2014, on the Third Floor of the CSPS Sokol Hall, St. Paul, Minnesota.  Matthias Falter is a political science PhD student at the University of Vienna and Visiting Fellow at the Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota.  He will discuss Politics of Nationalism and Violence Challenging Europe. The Far Right in Central Europe.

Like all Western European societies, Central European countries are confronted with right-wing populism and right-wing extremism. Far-right parties running for elections call for the deportation of minorities. Neo-Nazi groups launch attacks against Roma and other minorities. Most of these parties and organizations remain at the margins of mainstream society. Others occasionally achieve electoral successes, and a few become part of the government. While most far-right parties do not enter political situations or government, they have an impact on public policies and discourse by disseminating an ideology embracing anti-Semitism, racism, anti-European sentiment, anti-Americanism and homophobia. On the occasion of the elections to the European Parliament, the talk addresses right-wing tendencies in Central Europe and the consequences for European politics.